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Award-Winning Oatmeal Banana Bread (+ Vegan Substitutions)

You are going to go nuts over the flavor and texture of this brilliant Oatmeal Banana Bread. The recipe is easily adjusted to make Vegan Banana Bread, plus it’s an Award-Winning Banana Bread Recipe!

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Award-Winning Banana Bread

Is there anything more comforting than warm soft banana bread?

I have made a lot of banana bread variations over the years, but this is the recipe we always come back to… Hearty Oatmeal Banana Bread.

It involves simple ingredients, no-fuss preparation, pure banana-oat flavor, and a decadent texture.

In fact, I friend of mine used this recipe in a local bake-off and won the quick-bread category of the competition. Then her sister used the same recipe, in a baking competition in another state, and also won!

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Oatmeal Banana Bread for the Win

The combination of ripe bananas and oats creates a lovely tender, yet rustic, texture. The oats soak up and hold the moisture from the bananas, so the bread doesn’t dry out quickly.

The sweet earthy flavor of bananas, grains, and spices is simplistic and alluring. This is truly a recipe you will keep and reuse.

Banana Oat Bread can be served room temperature, or warm, slathered with butter. It makes a marvelous breakfast or midday snack!

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Vegan Banana Bread?

Our oatmeal bread recipe is so versatile! Although it includes animal products (like butter and eggs) the recipe is very easy to adjust for dietary needs.

For a dairy-free version, substitute nut milk and plant-based butter spread for the dairy.

For vegan banana bread, you can swap the eggs and dairy for vegan butter, nut milk, and flax eggs or a store-bought vegan egg substitute.

You can also make a gluten-free banana bread variation by swapping the wheat flour for a good gluten-free 1-to-1 baking mix.

As-is, our oat bread recipe is already nut free!

How to Make Banana Bread

What You Need To Make This Recipe

  • All-purpose flour – Or GF baking mix
  • Quick oats
  • Light brown sugar
  • Very ripe bananas
  • Unsalted butter – Or vegan butter or coconut oil
  • Eggs – Or vegan egg substitute
  • Milk – Or nut milk or soy milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Apple pie spice – Or pumpkin pie spice blend
  • Salt
  • Baking powder and baking soda
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How To Make Oatmeal Banana Bread From Scratch

Prep the Pan. Set out a 9X5 loaf pan. Cut a strip of parchment paper 9 inches wide. Then fold it to fit down into the bottom and long edges of the pan. Spray or grease the pan and paper.

Smash. Smash the bananas and measure out 1 ½ cups. You can do this with your hands or in a small bowl with a wooden spoon.

Mix it up. Set out a large mixing bowl. Add the flour, oats, brown sugar, apple pie spice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix well. Then mix in the mashed banana, melted butter, eggs, and milk. Mix again until smooth.

Bake! Pour or scoop the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with extra oats if desired. Then bake for 45-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted deep into the center comes out clean. Allow the bread to rest in the pan for 15 minutes. Then lift is out by the edges of the parchment paper.

Get the Full (Printable) Award-Winning Banana Bread Recipe Below!

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Is Banana Bread Healthier Than Other Bread?

Well, no, not really. Although this banana bread recipe includes “healthy” bananas and oats, it also involves a decent amount of butter, sugar, and white flour, making it more like cake than bread.

Therefore, it does have more fat, carbs, and calories than standard sandwich bread or french bread.

Think of our banana oatmeal bread as more of a decadent breakfast or snack than a health food. *wink*

How Ripe Should Bananas Be For Banana Bread?

Very. The darker and softer the bananas are, the more flavor they lend to the bread. Also, the squishy texture makes the bread ultra moist and luxurious.

Banana Oat Bread is a great way to use up the black bananas sitting on your countertop.

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Can I Freeze This Banana Bread?

Absolutely! Be sure to wrap it well with plastic, then with foil. If the wrapping is tight, you can freeze the bread for 3-6 months.

What About Add-Ins?

Want to make this oatmeal bread chunkier? Consider adding…

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped Pecan or Walnuts
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Dried Fruit
  • Pineapple Chunks
  • Coffee Granules
  • Shredded Zucchini or Carrots
Award-Winning Banana Bread Recipe

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Award-Winning Oatmeal Banana Bread (+ Vegan Substitutions)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
If you love classic banana bread, you will go nuts over this Oatmeal Banana Bread Recipe with easy gluten free and vegan substitutions.
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Set out a 9X5 loaf pan. Cut a strip of parchment paper 9 inches wide. Then fold it to fit down into the bottom and long edges of the pan. Spray or grease the pan and paper.
  • Smash the bananas and measure out 1 ½ cups.
  • Set out a large mixing bowl. Add the flour, oats, brown sugar, apple pie spice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix well. Then mix in the mashed banana, melted butter, eggs, and milk. Mix until smooth.
  • Pour or scoop the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with extra oats if desired. Then bake for 45-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted deep into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the bread to rest in the pan for 15 minutes. Then lift is out by the edges of the parchment paper. Wait until the loaf is fully cooled to cut.

Notes

VEGAN? This recipe is easily adjusted for vegan banana bread. Simply swap the butter for dairy-free butter spread or coconut oil. Swap the milk for almond or coconut milk. Then use “flax eggs” or a store-bought vegan egg substitute for the eggs.
You can make flax or chai eggs by combing 6 tablespoons of water + 2 tablespoon ground seeds. Allow the mixture to sit and jellify for 10 minutes before using in the recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 237kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 305mg, Potassium: 214mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 308IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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4 comments on “Award-Winning Oatmeal Banana Bread (+ Vegan Substitutions)”

  1. This is really amazing!! Love the vegan substitution!

  2. These turned out amazing! I added chopped walnuts to the recipe and baked them in a muffin pan for 25 minutes, instead of a loaf. The recipe yields 12 regular size muffins. Thanks for the great recipe. My family LOVES them!

  3. This is so good! My only problem is I wish I doubled the recipe, it’s all gone already!

  4. Not usually a fan of oatmeal banana bread, but the texture in this is impeccable.