Oatmeal Banana Bread

Ok, so I’m not sure this is actually “dessert”.  I mean yeah, there’s sugar and fruit and stuff like that but it’s really breakfast.  I mean, there’s oatmeal and an egg in there, along with banana…breakfast, right?  Just really, really tasty breakfast.  Extra tasty if you zap it in the microwave before eating a slice.  Maybe with some whipped cream.

There, NOW it’s dessert.

Ingredients

·        2 cups flour

·        1 T baking powder

·        1 t salt

·        ½ t baking soda

·        ½ t cinnamon

·        1 cup, dark brown sugar

·        ¼ cup butter, softened to room temperature

·        3 T vegetable oil

·        2 egg whites

·        1 egg

·       ½ t vanilla

·        1 1/3 cups ripe, mashed bananas (2 or 3, depending how big they are)

·        1 cup oats (any basic oats, like Quaker)

·        ½ cup milk (I use 1% but any kind will work)

Directions

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.  Set aside.

Put the brown sugar, butter, oil, egg whites and egg into a bowl and mix with a hand mixer until fully blended.  Add in the bananas, oats and milk and beat that well until it’s fully blended.

Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and mix with your hand mixer until very well blended.

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That’s kinda it – it’s not hard.

Pour the batter into a 9” x 5” loaf pan that you have buttered and floured.

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In case anyone doesn’t know what “butter and flour” means…

IMG_0642Bake at 350 for about an hour and 15 minutes (yes, that long!)…until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out dry, with maybe a couple crumbs.

Cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes, then take the bread out of the pan and let it cool completely on the rack.

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Slice and serve!  (or heat in the microwave, add whipped cream, maybe some fresh banana slices and even a little maple syrup…whatever makes you happy).

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