Despite that I only buy a small bunch of bananas at a time, I still don’t always use them all by the time they get “too ripe” to eat. So this morning I made a loaf of oatmeal chocolate chip banana bread. It’s a great way to use up near death (ha) bananas and it’s so delicious. I like to add walnuts but I know not everyone is a fan, so feel free to omit them.
This bread freezes well too, you can slice it before hand and just pull a slice out when you want it. MMMM. I’ll be honest though, you might want to make two loaves if you plan to freeze any!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar**
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp canola oil
3 large eggs, beaten
3 large bananas, ripe and mashed
1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
Now, I use a (affiliate) KitchenAid Stand Mixer, but you can do this by hand too. Combine your bananas, eggs and oil in your mixing bowl.
In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients (except the walnuts and chocolate chips). Slowly add the dry mixture to your wet mixture.
Once combined add the walnuts and chocolate chips. Mix until just blended then pour into your prepared pan.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Then, let sit on cooling rack for another 10 minutes before slicing.
**Side note, when I made the bread this morning I got distracted by one of the kids (that never happens) and completely forgot to add the brown sugar. The bread was still quite delicious, so yes, feel free to omit it!
This recipe was inspired from several recipes I’ve used in the past. The photo and instructions are 100% my own. Please do not use them without my permission. This post also contains affiliate links.