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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Maple Oatmeal Banana Bread

Maple oatmeal banana hearty goodness!

This recipe has three things we love: maple syrup, oatmeal and bananas. And the best part? It uses a blender. It couldn't get any easier!

Of all the quick-breads we've come up with, this one is by far our favorite. Since it has oatmeal and banana, we've decided it belongs in the "vegetables and fruit" group of the food pyramid. Seems legit!

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (or 1/4 cup water)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (scooped with a 1/2 cup scoop)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup pecans (optional)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk*
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil**
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    * If you don't want to buy buttermilk, you can add 1 tsp of distilled white vinegar or 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice to a measuring cup, then add whole milk until it reaches the 1/3 cup mark. Stir and let sit for about 15 minutes on the counter.
    ** As much as we love butter, it doesn't come out with the right texture and moisture in this recipe, and surprisingly you can't taste it at all. BUT, if you do want to use butter, the correct substitution here is 3/4 of a stick, not half a stick.
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray a 9"x5" loaf pan with baking spray. (Avoid non-stick pans as they tend to burn quick breads.)
  3. Heat the oats and maple syrup (or water) in a small bowl in the microwave until you see the oatmeal bubbling up. Depending on the strength of your microwave, it may take anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes, but you have to keep an eye on it because it'll happen quickly. Stop the microwave as soon as you see it boiling. Stir well and sit aside to cool. (Don't skip this step or the oatmeal won't cook all the way and the bread will be dry!)
  4. Whisk the flour, pecans (if using), baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl until well mixed and set aside.
  5. Put the all the remaining ingredients a blender until mixed, about 30 seconds.
  6. Stir the oatmeal one more time to make sure it isn't clumped together, then dump on top of the flour mixture.
  7. Pour the wet ingredients from the blender on top as well, then fold all ingredients about 15 times until mixed.
  8. Bake 50 to 60 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

1 comment:

  1. I'll definitely be making this!!!