Wellness Tip- When opting for iced tea, look for the unsweetened varieties. Presweetened iced tea can have as much as 20 grams of sugar already in it. I would rather add my owner sugar or sweetener (like Stevia) to control the amount of sugar I’m consuming
My Italian heritage is apparent in the fact that I don’t like to waste food. My mom is extremely creative in using all parts of food, like when she uses all parts of the chicken and bones to make her amazing chicken soup.
Do you have bananas with brown spots on the outside? Looking to put them to use instead of tossing them in the garbage? Bananas are at their sweetest when they are overripe. One thing that sometimes deters me from baking (other than my wife being a fantastic baker), is the amount of ingredients and spices needed. In spirit of this blog, there are only FIVE ingredients you need to bake this great banana bread. It makes for a great breakfast, snack, or post-workout food. My favorite part about the banana bread is the texture. It’s the moist inside, along with the slight crunch if you add walnuts.
This can also be a great gluten-free snack if you use gluten-free oats! I’ve made this banana bread 3 times in the last 3 weeks with slight variations, and it just keeps getting better!
This recipe and cover picture is courtesy of thebakermama.com
Time- 30 minutes
- 2 cups oats
- 1/4 pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 3 ripe bananas
- Optional Ingredients
- 4 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon flax or chia seeds
- 1/4 cup nuts (I’ve used walnuts)
- 2 scoops protein powder (I’ve used chocolate)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Place oats, maple syrup, baking soda, eggs, bananas, and any optional ingredients into a bowl
- Use a hand mixer, kitchen aid, or blender to mix all of the ingredients together. You should still be able to see some of the oats, but the eggs and bananas should be crushed. I mixed for about 30 seconds.
- Spray a 9×5 loaf baking pan with Pam or other cooking spray
- Pour all of the batter in the baking pan
- Bake the banana bread for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, take out of the oven, stick a toothpick in the center. If there is minimal batter that shows up on the toothpick, then you are done. If there is significant batter on the toothpick, place back in the oven for up to 3 minutes
- Let the banana bread cool for 15-20 minutes, and then enjoy! Place in the fridge for storage