Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread

Recently, I’ve been craving banana bread. However, i don’t like how unhealthy classic banana bread tends to be. So this is when my search began, to find a healthy banana bread recipe. I came across a recipe from the blog Joyful Belly. It was perfect! This loaf is fat-free, whole wheat, and low sugar, which is ultimately amazing for a normally unhealthy treat. Obviously, I was super excited to try it out.

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Mashed bananas never look pretty, but trust me, it’ll look fantastic when you see the finished loaf. After waiting an hour to bake, and 15 minutes to cool, i got to taste my well awaited banana bread.

Let me tell you, this bread is delicious!! It was everything I hoped it would be. Even though it’s the healthy version of a classic bread, doesn’t mean it sacrificed flavor or moistness. I would definitely recommend trying it out for yourself.

Ingredients

Serves: 8-10

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup dry rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar substitute of choice (honey, Agave, Stevia, Splenda)
2 egg whites
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp Greek yogurt
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or fat-free milk, coconut milk, soy milk, etc.)
2 large (or 3 small) very ripe bananas, mashed

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a loaf pan and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients, mashing bananas with a fork. Batter will be fairly thick.
3. Pour batter into pan and bake until top of loaf is firm to touch, 60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Flip out and cool on a wire rack for an additional 10 minutes. Slice loaf into 10 equal pieces.
4. Serve sprinkled with cinnamon, drizzled with honey or maple syrup, or with a tall glass of milk. Enjoy!

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