Sunday, May 10, 2009
Healthy Banana Oat Bread for Mother's Day
First off, happy mother's day to all the mothers out there. I have been blessed in that I have not one, but two mothers, i.e. my grandmother. She's the sweetest soul there is, and yesterday I thought of baking something they would both like. My mom is tired of all the rich, decadent, fattening things I keep baking. My grandmom, on the other hand, loves them [actually anything I make], but the has the tiniest appetite EVER! If I were to give her something of the sort I usually bake, it would stay in her home for weeks!
So as a kind of balance, I chose a healthy banana bread. My favorite chocolate chip cookies use a minuscule amount of oats as an ingredient, so as a result I always have a LOT of it at home, going to waste. Since this recipe used oats, that was a big plus, and it would satisfy my mom, who's always nagging me to use them up.
Healthy Banana Oat Bread
Adapted from All recipes.
Makes 2 mini-loaf tins
1 cup sugar
7 tbsp oil
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cup bananas [about 2 large]
1 cup oats
1/2 c milk [can use skim]
2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; beat well at medium speed of a mixer. Combine banana, oats, and milk; add to sugar mixture, beating well. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir with a whisk. Add to sugar mixture; beat just until moist. Spoon batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
The bread was yummy, it didn't taste healthy at all :). It had a nice texture, soft, but nor crumbly, and would be a perfect accompaniment with tea/coffee. Or you can eat it in my favourite way, slightly toasted, and then used as a sandwich with nutella and more bananas :) Yumm.. Try it, you'll love it too.
Update : This is best eaten after a day. Right after baking, it seemed a little dry, something that I couldn't eat without something to go along with it. The bread moistens, I think that's because of the oats, but I can't be sure. It tasted sooo good the next day, even I could eat it plain, and I usually keep away from things that aren't rich, buttery or chocolatey :)