I love baking. I always have. A lot of my favourite childhood memories involve baking with my mom. Even when that just meant sitting on the opposite side of the kitchen counter and eating pieces of pie crust that were leftovers. She still teases me about that. Don’t ask me why I liked eating raw pie dough (it was the Crisco variety, so it’s not really that gross), perhaps I’ve always had a salt-tooth. At least it’s much better than being the kid that ate glue.
Today I was craving something sweet with some crunch, so I made a pseudo-healthy version of banana bread.
- 1 cup oats (quick cooking)
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 medium)
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup white flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup walnuts
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease loaf pan to prevent sticking.
- Combine oats and milk; let stand 10 minutes. Add bananas, oil, vanilla and eggs to oat mixture.
- Combine dry ingredients. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir until batter is just moist.
- Pour into loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
I am quite pleased with how this turned out, the outside is nice and crispy and the inside is moist, with no discernable texture of the oats or whole wheat flour. It is nice and nutty, if you love walnuts, you could probably add a whole cup instead of 3/4.
I enjoyed a slice with a bit of butter and a glass of milk…….ah, childhood memories!