our famous oatmeal banana bread recipe

about a month ago we got a big bag of organic oats from CostCo. since that day we have made nothing oatmealy at all except about eight loaves of this oatmeal banana bread. it's an experimental recipe i devised based on traditional banana bread. we've made loaf after loaf after loaf lately and i've fine-tuned the ratio of oats-to-flour and made a few other little tweaks and now i think it's just right.
i'm just acknowledging that my kitchen is a mess but that's about as good as it ever looks so whatever.

baking together with Otto is one of my absolutely favorite things to do on earth. it is real mommy-and-me bonding time for us. he loves to dump the ingredients in and stir and sample the ingredients as they go in (especially chocolate chips or dried fruits depending on what we're mixing in). he has embraced a nudist lifestyle of late but i am a stern mama and insist on at least underpants for all sous-chefs in my kitchen!

here's what you need to make our famous oatmeal banana bread:

- 1 cup dry oats
- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/8 cup ground flax
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 6 Tbsp salted butter - melted
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 mashed ripe bananas
-(optional) 1/2 cup dried fruit, nuts, and/or chocolate chips
-(optional) 1/8 tsp vanilla extract, almond extract, or a little of each

here's what you do:

- grease a little bread pan
- preheat your oven to 350'
- get all of your ingredients ready because you're going to mix them all together at once
- ok, mix it all together
- pour batter into the bread pan and bake for just about 60 minutes

enjoy! this is such a yummy version of banana bread, super moist and the oats give it such a rich flavor and make it feel even more breakfasty. we've been eating it nonstop for a month and going strong. i pack it in Otto's lunches instead of a sandwich some days because he is a little finicky about sammies in his lunchbox but not even a little picky about this banana bread.

you might also like this egg free banana bread recipe from a couple of years ago. whenever i run out of eggs i use this method and have never had a problem. the taste is not affected at all!


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