This healthier Greek Yogurt Banana Oat Bread is made without butter or oil, but so soft and tender that you’d never be able to tell! Naturally sweetened with plenty banana flavour, it makes a great healthier alternative to a traditional favourite!
Can I tell you a secret? It’s a big one. You ready?
Every day is a good day to eat banana bread.
No? You were expecting something different? Something more scandalous? I know. But I’ve been sitting here for 15 minutes
getting distracted by Slither trying to come up with a way to start this post and nothing was coming to me, so I decided to just write out the first thing that came to mind and that was it.
But that’s okay because I figure you’re not here for fancy shmancy intros anyways (I hope). You’re here because you saw the title of this post and thought to yourself “ooooooo, banana OAT bread!” and that, my friends, is something I can most definitely deliver.
For how much I love it, I feel like I don’t have nearly enough banana bread recipes here on the ol’ blog. I mean, I have a bunch of different variations (chocolate, pumpkin, zucchini, etc.), but not enough straight up banana-y flavoured quick breads.
That’s why, when the fam asked for something they could have with their coffee, my brain beelined for the banana bread. Kind of.
That’s actually paraphrasing it nicely. The reality of the situation is that my mom kind of “subtly hinted” that I needed to make something especially for her by pointing out that I never make anything she can eat… which is kind of true.
You know how I mentioned that she has those salicylate sensitivities? Well, pretty much everything I make has either almonds, dates, honey, or coconut in it, aaaaaaand she can’t have any of those. I know. It’s pretty brutal.
But she can have flour, oats, bananas, maple syrup, and Greek yogurt, which is exactly what’s the kind of ingredients you’ll find in this loaf of Greek yogurt banana oat bread.
What I did was take the recipe for my Greek yogurt banana bread and tweak it a little bit to allow for the addition of oats. Oh, and to make everything in one bowl.
It’s just as soft and tender as the original despite the little bit of extra heartiness, and you’d never be able to tell that it’s made without any butter or oil. For sweetener, I opted to just use maple syrup to make it refined-sugar-free. Everyone found it to be sweet enough with just 6 Tbsp, but if you like your banana bread on the sweeter side, I included an option to add a little extra sugar.
You can also toss in some add-ins like chocolate chips, dried fruit, or nuts, but I’m a purist when it comes to banana bread and prefer it without any other flavours competing for tastebud love. I get that from my momma; and this bread’s for her.
And you guys 🤗
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- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (115 g) plain 2% Greek yogurt
- 2 medium-size, ripe bananas, mashed (200 g or 1 cup)
- 6 Tbsp (90 ml) maple syrup
- (optional) 1/4 cup (50 g) brown sugar*
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup (60 g) quick oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/4 cup (150 g) white whole wheat flour
- Optional add-ins: 1/2 cup chocolate chips/dried fruit/nuts/etc.
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF (176ºC), and lightly grease a 9 x 5 (23cm x 13cm) bread pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs until the yolks break apart. Whisk in the yogurt, bananas, maple syrup, sugar (if using), and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
- Stir in the oats, baking soda, and cinnamon. Finally, spoon in the flour and gently stir it in until just combined. If you're adding any mix-ins, fold them in now.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it out evenly. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack to cool completely.
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