Weekends are great for pancakes and waffles, popovers and french toast, things that take a little more time to make. I’m one of those people who feels that it’s not truly breakfast without some kind of baked something, even during the week. Most weekends I’ll make up a batch of baked oatmeal, or some kind of quick bread to have during the week with an egg and some fruit.
I was looking through Pinterest one day and came across a recipe for an oatmeal bread. I had some dying bananas kicking around, so I went looking for a banana oatmeal recipe, cause why not? If banana bread is good, and banana oatmeal is good, why not put the two together? I found a recipe that looked promising, made a few adjustments for health value, and ended up with these little guys.
This is not your average banana bread. Brown sugar instead of white gives it a softer flavor with a hint of caramel, and using half quick oats and half flour gives it this amazing chewy texture. Oatmeal is supposed to be one of the healthiest breakfasts you can have, so why not mix it into bread and fulfill that baked goods breakfast craving as well? 🙂
You can see all those bits of chewy oatmeal goodness. 🙂
Don’t they look so good? And the perfect portion too. My mom bought me this pan, and I highly recommend getting one if you find a single muffin just isn’t enough, but two is too much. This makes eight cute little mini loaves. It’s also great for serving size meatloaf. 🙂
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 3 Tbsp plain nonfat greek yogurt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup mashed banana, about 3 bananas
- 1 cup white whole wheat or ap flour
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini loaf pan or pan of choice with nonstick spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together applesauce, yogurt, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and almond milk. Add in banana and vanilla, mix well. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Add to banana mix and mix until fully incorporated.
- Divide evenly between sections of pan.
- Bake for about 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean or with just a few crumbs.
- You could also make 12 muffins or a loaf of bread with this, just reduce the cooking time by about 15 minutes for muffins, and add about 15 minutes for bread.