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This oat flour banana bread is deliciously gluten free and has a totally adjustable level of sweetness for those who like a milder sweetness or a stronger dessert type of sweetness.
Banana Bread is simply a sweet bread that relies on overly ripe bananas for a good portion of its sweetness. It’s a delicious dessert, and some might even enjoy it for breakfast with coffee.
Banana Walnut Bread
The walnuts in this walnut banana bread are completely optional, but highly recommended. While the recipe calls for a mere half cup, you can certainly go heavier on the nuts by using a full cup.
Easy Banana Bread
One of banana bread’s best features is how simple and easy it is to make. Everything gets mixed together in one bowl (see recipe video below), and then transferred to a loaf pan for baking. It takes all of about ten minutes to make.
Healthy Banana Bread
What make this banana bread healthy? While “healthy” may be a subjective term, you can certainly apply the term “healthier” to this recipe. It’s gluten free, whole grain, low on added sugar and is made with all whole-food ingredients.
Gluten Free Banana Bread
So technically speaking, oat flour is gluten free. However, oats can be highly cross contaminated with gluten due to processing practices with other grains. So if you need this to be gluten free, be sure you use oat flour that is labeled as gluten free, as well as any other ingredients you have any concerns about.
What You’ll Need
1 tbsp. baking powder – Make sure you have fresh baking powder. If it’s too old, your banana bread won’t rise properly and will end up a bit more dense.
1 ½ cups oat flour – If you need gluten free, make sure it’s labeled as such. And if you usually grind your own oats into flour, make sure you grind them fine.
¼ tsp. salt – I used a pink Himalayan salt, but you can use whatever salt you have on hand as long as it’s not a coarse salt.
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts – As I mentioned above, you can easily go a little heavier on the walnuts here. If you prefer that, use a full cup. But chop them first in order to measure properly.
½ cup granular sweetener – I used Xylitol because that works best for my blood sugar. But feel free to use Sucanat, coconut sugar or monk fruit. I do NOT recommend a liquid sweetener here. Stick to the granulated stuff.
Use the ½ cup for mild sweetness and ¾ cup for dessert-level sweetness.
3 large eggs – These are best used at room temperature.
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract – I used a bourbon vanilla, but any real vanilla extract will do. Avoid vanilla flavoring or other imitation vanillas.
3 medium bananas – You want these to be very ripe and have plenty of brown spots on them. Don’t use yellow bananas because the flavor won’t be there when the bread is done.
⅓ cup coconut oil – No matter what type of coconut oil you use, you’ll want it in liquid state. You can sub butter here in equal amounts, but you’ll want that melted too.
How To Make Oat Flour Banana Bread
This is a very simple process. In fact, measuring out the ingredients will take you longer than putting this together to get it in the oven. It’s super easy!
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher.
Add in all the other ingredients and whisk, stirring in the walnut last.
Pour into a loaf pan.
Bake for 50-60 minutes. Keep an eye on it towards the end. If it starts to get too brown on top, place a piece of loose foil over the top while baking.
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- Standard Loaf Pan
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 ½ cups oat flour (gluten free if needed)
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- ½ cup granular sweetener (or ¾ cup for dessert-level sweetness)
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 3 medium bananas (very ripe)
- ⅓ cup coconut oil (liquid)
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher.
- Add in all the other ingredients and whisk, stirring in the walnut last.
- Pour into a loaf pan.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes. Keep an eye on it towards the end. If it starts to get too brown on top, place a piece of loose foil over the top while baking.