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Choco-‘Nana-Oat-Nut Quick Bread

Banana bread loaf

Quick bread has to be one of our favorite things to make in the kitchen. We like its versatility; almost any quick bread recipe can handle an extra handful of nuts or chocolate or dried fruit, if that’s what you’re feeling like. We like how you’re never really sure if it’s a breakfast, a snack, or a dessert… and that all that really matters is that it’s delicious. And we like that it’s, well, quick. This Choco-Nana-Oat-Nut Quick Bread exemplifies all of those fine qualities. It’s an easy bread, but it still feels like something special.

Banana bread loaf

We’re not trying to say that basic ol’ banana bread doesn’t have its place; it certainly does. But it’s nice every once in a while to gussy it up (and still deal with the spotted bananas on your counter). This recipe adds oats, chocolate chips, and some chopped nuts to the mix. It might take you all of five minutes to mix together, but it’s layered with chewiness from the oats, bursts of sweetness from the chocolate, and crunchy nuts. And all backed by that sweet, mellow banana flavor.

Banana bread loaf

The oats make the bread a bit heartier than your traditional bread, which makes for a nice on-the-go breakfast. We love to use a combination of hazelnuts and walnuts, but really you can use either one… or even none at all. This recipe is light on the chocolate chips because we like the synergy of the choco-nana-oat-nut flavors, but we won’t tell anyone if you toss a few extra in. Happy baking!

Banana Oat Quick Bread

1 hour 15 minutes to prepare serves 6

Ingredients

  • 4-5 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats, divided
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts and/or hazelnuts, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, brown sugar, melted butter, and milk. Stir in bananas.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together 1 cup of the oats, the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add to wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts and pour into prepared loaf pan. Top with remaining oats and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 60 minutes. If loaf starts to brown too quickly, tent with some aluminum foil.
  5. Let bread cool in pan 10 minutes before removing. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Adapted from Taste and Tell Blog.

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