A treat like this banana bread is pretty typical for me to whip up on a Sunday night to cover breakfasts for the first few days of the work week. Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day, but so many typical breakfast foods are loaded with sugar and are downright terrible for you. Since I focus on only eating foods with nutritional value, I bake my own little breakfast treats so I can substitute some healthier ingredients. I also find that by allowing myself to have a more carb-heavy breakfast, the craving is satisfied and it’s easier for me to stick to just vegetables and proteins the rest of the day (this is just for me personally, some people have the opposite feeling).
This recipe from Ambitious Kitchen uses whole wheat flour and oatmeal for added fiber and whole grains, along with honey and applesauce for sweetness. I warm up a slice of it in the morning and top it with some peanut butter for extra protein (otherwise I’m hungry before lunchtime rolls around). Ambitious Kitchen is a really great site for gluten-free, vegan, or just plain healthy recipes, that I look to often for ideas.
I’ve also linked some of my preferred baking tools for making a recipe like this below. Although it may seem like a minor detail, having the right bakeware is important to yield the best results. All of my pans are Williams Sonoma Goldtouch because they’re durable, nonstick, and distribute heat evenly for consistent baking.
Whole Wheat Oat Banana Bread
Yield: 12 servings
Recipe from Ambitious Kitchen
- 1 heaping cup mashed banana
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, combine mashed banana, applesauce, honey, egg, almond milk and vanilla until well combined. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, sprinkle a few oats over top (if desired), and bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean .
- Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy immediately or cover tightly to store.