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Banana Nut Oat Bread

February 5, 2011

A healthy version of  your grandma’s traditional banana-nut bread.  With the addition of oats, less sugar, and low-fat/skim milk this is a great way to start your day.  Which is exactly what I had in mind – a quick breakfast.  An eat-in-your-car breakfast that still offers some fiber and nutritious value.  When I looked around my house, on this sleet and snow filled day in STL,  I noticed some over ripe bananas and pecans and immediately thought of banana bread! 

This bread is dense, moist and full of flavor!  Perfect for a winter morning on your way to work, or eat it warm as a snack at night.


1 1/3 cup ripe bananas, mashed (2 lrg bananas)
1/3 cup low-fat milk
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup margarine
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole oats
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease one loaf pan.
  2. Stir together mashed bananas and milk. Set aside.
  3. Cream brown sugar and margarine. Beat in egg. Add banana mixture and beat well.
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add all (dry ingredients) to liquid ingredients. Stir until well blended.
  5. Stir in nuts and oats, and turn into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 35–40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes in pan.
  7. Remove from pan and complete cooling on a wire rack before slicing.

Yield: 1 loaf

**If I were to make this again: I would definitely add some raisins; it would taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Donna permalink
    March 3, 2011 9:08 pm

    Thank you for this recipe and idea for using the ripe banana’s.
    This turned out perfect for me and I loved it, very delicious.

    • Laura MacDougall permalink
      March 4, 2011 1:53 am

      Great! Thanks for trying it!

  2. Debbie - the Lamb's neighbor :) permalink
    March 5, 2011 7:23 pm

    Another cold day! So, I am going to try your recipe this afternoon! 😉

    • Debbie - the Lamb's neighbor :) permalink
      March 8, 2011 12:54 am

      Yum yum yum!! I shared these with the ladies making Beth’s quilt and they said “tell your physical therapist these are wonderful!” 🙂

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