Oatmeal Banana Bread Recipe: This Heart-Healthier Banana Bread Is Loaded With Oats & Dark Chocolate by Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds

Oatmeal Banana Bread Recipe: This Heart-Healthier Banana Bread Is Loaded With Oats & Dark Chocolate

Banana bread is one of my favorite things to bake (and eat). As you can tell from all the banana bread recipes on 30Seconds, we are big fans of it and enjoy trying different recipes. I guess it's our quest to find the ultimate banana bread recipe for breakfastsnacks or dessert!

As you know by now, I like to try and find ways to boost nutrition wherever I can. And lately, because I'm watching my cholesterol (thanks to my family history), that means incorporating a lot of oats. (Oatmeal is packed with soluble fiber, landing it at the top of Mayo Clinic's list of cholesterol-reducing foods.)

I wanted to see if I could make a more nutritious banana bread by adding oats, and I think I succeeded. The texture is different than the typical banana bread (more substantive and chewy), but it's equally delicious. My husband, who's my official taste tester, gave this chocolate chip bread recipe two enthusiastic thumbs up (especially because it's also loaded with dark chocolate, which has its own heart-health benefits)!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 to 35 minutes, depending on your oven
Total Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Servings: Makes 2 loaves


Here's how to make it:

  1. Coat two 9x5-inch loaf pans with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, blend bananas, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.
  2. In a third bowl, combine butter and brown sugar, stirring until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, to butter and sugar mixture. Combine banana mixture and sugar mixture, and stir until blended. Combine dry mixture and moist mixture, and stir until blended. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts, if using.
  3. Pour batter, evenly divided, into the loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 30 to 35 minutes, depending on your oven. You can use a toothpick to see if it comes out clean. Allow to cool in the loaf pans for about 10 minutes before removing and slicing.

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This is a great idea, I should have thought of it sooner...
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I hope you like this heart-healthier oatmeal banana bread as much as I do! Julie Rose Tribe
I made this yesterday. It is deliciously flavourful and yet so very healthy. Love it! I will be making this often.
Donna John
Must have been a day for baking yesterday, because I made this: food: Easiest Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe: This Quick Chocolate Chip Bread Has a Secret Ingredient This one is next! So glad your family enjoyed it!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Awesome! So glad you liked it as much as I do. A banana bread recipe you can feel good about! Thanks for sharing, Sek22 . And Donna John , I'm trying your recipe next. Yum!

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