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EAT: Oatmeal Banana Bread

It doesn’t get "see-your-breath cold" often in Southern California, but if you’re anything like us you don’t need cold weather to have a cup of tea with some delicious bread and butter. However, if you need more reasons to make this bread, please see below:

  • 1. Homemade banana bread smells better than any holiday candle in your home.
  • 2. Banana bread is delicious.
  • 3. It's the holiday season!
  • 4. Banana bread is the perfect holiday gift.
  • 5. You can sneak fruit and oats into this delicious treat.
  • Well, we’re sold. Off to the kitchen!

Oatmeal Banana Bread (from Operation Livewell’s Fall Holiday Cookbook)


  • 6 ripe bananas (medium - large)
  • 1/2 cup plain applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 12 ounces oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts/almonds/raisins (optional)


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • 2. Lightly grease your bread loaf pan.
  • 3. In a large bowl mash the bananas with a fork until all the chunks are gone. You can either use a fork or a potato masher.
  • 4. Mix in the applesauce, eggs, vanilla and almond extracts. Set aside.
  • 5. Place the oat flour into a medium-sized bowl. Then add the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and sift these dry ingredients together.
  • 6. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture about 1/2 a cup at a time until it is all incorporated.
  • 7. Fold in the chopped nuts and/or raisins if using.
  • 8. Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350ºF for about 45-50 minutes and/or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories (Kcal): 351; Carbohydrates (g): 55; Fat (g): 12; Protein (g): 11; Sodium (mg): 17; Sugar (g): 16