Banana Oat Bread

Treat your family and friends to a quintessential comfort food, Banana Oat Bread with Toasted Walnuts. | 31Daily.com

 

Whether it’s food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — or my favorite, with a little coffee in the evening, banana bread is one of those things that everyone seems to love.

And homemade banana bread just seems to make life a bit brighter.

There is something so comforting about baking banana bread and the homey aroma that fills every corner of my house. And when my guys come home and smell that bread, that simple and easy bread that took me mere minutes to mix together, they feel special and loved.

Comfort food is like that. It just lets you think that perhaps, at least for a while, everything in your world will be okay.

This is one of my favorite banana bread recipes. It’s moist, freezes well, and is loaded with fiber. Make a double or triple batch for your freezer.

Quick note on banana bread’s history from Wikipedia:

“Banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s, appeared in Pillsbury’s 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook, and later gained more acceptance with the release of the original Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book in 1950. The origin of the first banana bread recipe is unknown, though some speculate it was originated in the 18th century by housewives experimenting with pearlash. The home baking revival of the 1960s and the simplicity of its recipe led to an explosion in banana bread’s popularity.”

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
3-4 medium size bananas, mashed
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees and prepare loaf pan by spraying with non-stick spray.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Make a well inside of the dry mixture.

3. In another bowl, combine the egg, bananas, sugar and canola oil. Stir until just moistened. Add this to the well in the dry ingredients. Fold together and spoon into prepared pan.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes.

 

Treat your family and friends to a quintessential comfort food, Banana Oat Bread with Toasted Walnuts. | 31Daily.com

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.