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Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread is a nutritious and delicious twist on traditional banana bread. The recipe is easy to follow and uses wholesome ingredients like whole oats and honey instead of refined sugar. Not only is this easy banana oatmeal bread a tasty treat, but it’s also a great way to start your day off on the right foot.

A loaf of oatmeal banana bread on parchment paper.
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This Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread recipe is easy to make and a great way to use up overripe bananas. This recipe is a delicious and healthy treat, perfect for breakfast or as a snack. It’s made with oats is gluten-free and can easily be made vegan by using a flax egg instead of regular eggs. 

If you love quick breads, try my Lemon Blueberry Bread, Chocolate Banana Bread recipe, or Nutella Banana Nut Bread.

Why You’ll Love Healthy Banana Bread with Oats

  • It tastes great. Banana bread is mildly sweet and super tasty. 
  • It’s filling. Because it’s made with oats, it keeps you feeling fuller for longer, making it a great choice for a healthy breakfast or snack.
  • It’s good for you. Oatmeal provides fiber, bananas provide potassium and vitamin C, and it’s made with natural sweeteners instead of refined sugar. 

Oatmeal Banana Bread Ingredients

Ingredients needed for healthy oatmeal banana bread.
  • Oats: Use old fashioned oats or quick-cooking oats. Quick oats have a finer texture. 
  • Oat Flour: Oat flour can be made by processing oats until fine. You can also use whole wheat flour.
  • Leavening:  Baking soda and baking powder help with texture and lift. 
  • Salt: A bit of kosher salt enhances all of the flavors. 
  • Bananas: Mash 3-4 ripe bananas. 
  • Coconut Oil: Heat the oil just enough so that it is melted but not hot. You could substitute melted, cooled butter as well. 
  • Eggs: Bring the eggs to room temperature for the best results. 
  • Honey: Use pure, raw, local honey or substitute with pure maple syrup.
  • Mix-Ins: Stir in raisins, chopped nuts,  dried currants, chocolate chips or your favorite additions if desired. 

How To Make Healthy Oat Banana Bread

  • Prepare the equipment. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.
Combining dry ingredients and wet ingredients for banana bread.
  • Mix the wet ingredients. In a large bowl, mix mashed bananas, coconut oil, eggs and honey.
  • Mix the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Making the easy banana bread batter.
  • Prepare the batter. Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix well to incorporate, then add in chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins, if desired.
Before and after baking the healthy oatmeal banana bread recipe.
  • Bake the bread. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool and serve. Let cool completely. Cut into slices and enjoy. 

Tips To Make Healthy Banana Bread with Oats

  • Use ripe bananas for sweetness and because they mash easier. You can freeze overripe bananas until you have enough for a recipe.
  • Always preheat your oven to ensure the bread bakes evenly and rises properly.
  • Line the pan with parchment paper or grease it with cooking spray or butter. This makes it easier to remove the bread once it’s baked.
  • Mash bananas well to incorporate the banana flavor evenly throughout the bread.
  • Don’t overmix the batter, leading to a dense and tough texture. 
  • Overbaking can result in a dry and crumbly texture, so keep an eye on the bread as it bakes.  
  • While banana bread is delicious on its own, you can add additional flavors and textures by incorporating ingredients like nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruits, or spices. Feel free to get creative and customize your banana bread.
  • Substitute the oil with Greek yogurt. It adds moisture and protein while reducing the amount of saturated fat.
A stack of banana bread slices with bananas in the background.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I use instant oat or rolled oats?

You can use regular oat or quick-cooking oats in this recipe. Instant oats have a finer texture, so you may notice a slight change in the texture of the bread when using different oats. 

How do I make banana bread vegan?

To make oatmeal banana bread vegan,  replace the eggs with flax eggs or applesauce. For each egg, mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for a few minutes to thicken. You can substitute 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce for each egg. 

What mix-ins can I add to banana bread?

Customize your banana bread with various add-ins. Add chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans, dried fruits like raisins or cranberries, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, or even spices like nutmeg or ginger—experiment and find your favorite combination of flavors.

How do I store and reheat healthy oatmeal banana bread?

You can store leftover banana bread in an airtight container on the counter for several days or in the fridge for up to a week. To serve warm, microwave for 10 to 20 seconds. 

Can I freeze healthy banana bread with oats?

Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for 1 to 2 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge or on the counter for several hours. 

Two slices of banana bread with oats on a plate with two forks.

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5 from 3 votes

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread is a nutritious and delicious twist on traditional banana bread. This oatmeal banana bread recipe is easy to follow and uses wholesome ingredients like whole oats and honey instead of refined sugar.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats, or quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup oat flour, or whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed (or 4 small bananas)
  • cup of coconut oil, melted but not hot
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup pure honey, or maple syrup
  • ½ cup raisins, chopped nuts, or dried currants – optional
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, use mini or regular size – optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together mashed bananas, coconut oil, eggs and honey.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix well to incorporate, then add in chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins, if desired.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely. Cut into slices and enjoy.

Notes

  • Use ripe bananas for sweetness and because they mash easier. You can freeze overripe bananas until you have enough for a recipe.
  • Always preheat your oven to ensure the bread bakes evenly and rises properly.
  • Line the pan with parchment paper or grease it with cooking spray or butter. This makes it easier to remove the bread once it’s baked.
  • Mash bananas well to incorporate the banana flavor evenly throughout the bread.
  • Don’t overmix the batter, leading to a dense and tough texture. 
  • Overbaking can result in a dry and crumbly texture, so keep an eye on the bread as it bakes.  
  • While banana bread is delicious on its own, you can add additional flavors and textures by incorporating ingredients like nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruits, or spices. Feel free to get creative and customize your banana bread.
  • Substitute the oil with Greek yogurt. It adds moisture and protein while reducing the amount of saturated fat.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Wonderfully simple recipe with equally wonderful results. Multiple family members with various food allergies or intolerances and this recipe fills the bill on both counts. Taste, texture and appearance were all very good. We did use eggs this time, but will try substituting flax eggs next time. Used maple syrup, but will next experiment with honey. Used yogurt instead of oil Added currants and craisins which helped add some nice texture. I prefer this over our old family banana bread recipe and the fact that it is far healthier is an added bonus. Thanks!!