If there's one single food I can't live without, hands down I'd have to go with bananas! My morning ritual has included some form of banana goodness (usually paired with a nut butter) for years, so I thought, what better recipe to feature first on my recipe page?
This recipe is pretty standard, but can be modified in many ways to accommodate for taste buds, allergens, and dietary restrictions. The loaf is dense and hearty, but filled with lots of wholesome goodness to keep you fueled throughout your day.
1 c. rolled or quick oats
1 c. flour of your choice (I recommend whole wheat, almond flour, or all-purpose)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves (optional)
2-3 medium, ripe bananas
3 eggs (I recommend organic)
1/4 c. almond milk
1-2 tsp maple syrup or honey
1 tsp vanilla extract or powdered vanilla
2 tsp coconut oil (melted)
1/4 c. walnuts or another nut of choice (optional)
1.4 c. semi-sweet chocolate morsels or chopped dark chocolate bits (optional)
Preheat oven to 375. Combine your wet ingredients into a large bowl (mashed banana, almond milk, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut oil) and mix well. Add the dry ingredients and continue to stir until ingredients dispersed well. Oil a loaf pan with coconut oil or coconut oil spray, and pour batter into pan.
Bake for about 45 min-1 hr or until tooth pick comes out clean when placed in middle of loaf.
Feel free to decorate the top with more chopped nuts! Get creative!
This bread is loaded with nutrients such as protein, fiber, whole grains, potassium, and omega-3's (if you added the walnuts!). A fantastic upgrade from our traditional sugar-ladden banana bread we find in stores or at our local coffee shops!
Got an allergy or dietary restriction?
Gluten Free? Use Certified GF oats, and a gluten free flour such as almond four. You may also find all-purpose GF flours. Bob's Red Mill brand is awesome.
Vegan? Use Flax or Chia Eggs (1 tbsp ground flaxseed or chia seeds with 3 tbsp water per 'egg'). Make sure you do this in the beginning of your baking in a separate bowl to give it time to thicken, then add to your mixture at the end.
Bon appetit and happy bellies! :)