Oat Flour-Maple Banana Bread

/// August 28th, 2012

Bananas are easily the underdog of the summer fruit world. They’re not exotic, or plump, or bursting with juiciness that’s only available a few weeks a year. But, oh, do they make some incredible bread. You’ve got to give them that. And everybody loves the underdog, right?

I’ve been playing around with banana bread recipes for a few months now. There’s been the good, the bad, and the ones decked out with so much chocolate and sugar you might as well call them a cake. As much as I’m a girl obsessed with cake… it’s just not what I’m was looking for in my bread. But don’t worry… do I look like a girl who gives up easily?

Heck-a-No! After 6 – yes, I’m serious – attempts to find the banana bread of my dreams, this one stole the show. And my heart. AND – it’s healthy. Again, I’m serious. Friends, meet my lover: the oat flour-maple banana bread. <3 <3 <3

Oat flour and maple syrup are the game changers in this bread, giving it a sweet taste and soft texture, while keeping everything healthy and natural. Have you baked with oat flour yet? I’m obsessed! And you can make it at home. Just throw some oats in the blender, grind them up, and BAM – you’ve got yourself some oat flour!

If you’ve been searching for a banana bread you can call breakfast with thinking twice, you’re search is over.

Oat Flour – Maple Banana Bread – Baker by Nature

2 cups oat flour (you can make this by simply grinding up oats in the blender until they’re powder)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup maple syrup

2 large eggs, room temperature

*1/2 cup coconut oil, olive oil, OR 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

*4 very ripe bananas, mashed

2 tablespoons greek yogurt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line the bottom of a loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray.

In a medium bowl, sift together the oat flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, set aside. In a separate large bowl, beat maple syrup and eggs with a whisk until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add melted butter. Add mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, and vanilla. Gently mix in dry ingredients. Pour batter into the lined loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or when a cake tester comes out with just a few crumbs sticking to it. Allow bread to cool completely before slicing.

*I tend to use butter in this recipe because I’m ok with it in my diet, but I have tested this cake with both oils and they have equally lovely results

* If you’re on a gluten-free diet be sure the oats you use are GF.

38 thoughts on “Oat Flour-Maple Banana Bread

  1. Kristy

    Oh banana bread! We did our championship last year. 13 banana breads in all. We got a bit banana bread-ed out after that, but I think enough time has passed. This recipe looks like a winner, that’s for sure!

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Oh banana bread! I, who don’t bake often actually baked banana bread today and photo shoot. It was actually quite difficult to take pictures of loaf and I struggle a bit. Well, if you see my post one day you might see my struggle. Haha. You always take great close-up shot. I couldn’t deal with reflection of plate very well today. Ugh! Looks delicious Ashley, we all love banana bread in my house.

  3. Caroline

    Ugh I love banana bread. So, so much. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect recipe and this definitely looks like a winner. The bread looks so moist, and I appreciate that it’s healthy–say what?! Mmm wanna send some my way? :)

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Glad you found the recipe of your dreams. I think I wrote to you after one of my recent banana bread posts saying how it took me ages to find mine, too. Oil or butter, creaming or whisking, brown sugar or white, how much baking powder or soda, etc…it goes on and on. Your bread is gorgeous and looks delish!

  5. Juliana

    Nice banana bread…I yet have to bake with oat flour…I love the texture of this banana bread, moist and soft. Thanks for sharing this recipe Ashley and hope you are having a wonderful week :)

  6. Erika

    Oh man I looove banana bread and the oat/maple combination sounds amazing! I’ve been baking with oat flour recently, but have always used it with half flour….but looks like I can use all oat flour without anything bad happening! :)

  7. luv what you do

    I’m a HUGE banana bread fan. I don’t typically create my own recipes but love following everyone else’s unique twists on this classic bread. I am adding this recipe to my MUST BAKE list…stat!

  8. Gail

    This recipe (and photos) looked great. I have 4 small loaves in the oven right now, so will let you know how mine turns out. Thank you! I will say that I added a handful of coconut when processing the oats into flour. Also a bit of flax seeds, chopped walnuts and chopped dark chocolate (not too much). I have a granddaughter who doesn’t eat “healthy” and has “only toast” when she gets to school :( So, I’m giving her one of these loaves to see if she’ll enjoy it as a breakfast substitute…healthier than just toast! She can freeze slices individually and put one out the night before. I’ll be back to let you know :) If she likes it, I’ll try different variations. But I do like the oat flour idea. Have only used it to make HEALTHY dog biscuits for my pupsters.

  9. Gail

    Okay…i’m back! ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! Perfect sweetness and texture. This will be even healthier with the addition of flax seeds, coconut flakes (blended with the oats) and walnuts. I used one pan that holds 4 small loaves (not the tiny mini’s). I would suggest to watch carefully after 35 minutes as the sides may tend to overly brown (not sure if it’s the butter or the maple syrup that would give it the tendency).
    This will, forever after, be my “go to” bread-type recipe. Might consider pumpkin or zucchini using the basics here. I feel certain that Ashley’s suggestion to “beat the eggs and maple syrup till light and fluffy” gives it a nicer, lighter consistency than some other banana bread recipes that I’ve tried.
    I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in the least! Thanks again Ashley!

  10. Connie Quinones

    I just found this recipe the other day and this is by far the best banana bread I have ever tasted and it was so easy to make!

  11. cai

    the recipe is foolproof. I measured the bananas to 1 cup instead of per piece, replaced yoghurt with my leftover sour cream in the fridge and subbed half of the oat flour with AP flour. the crumb is fine and soft. I used this recipe as a baby smash cake because it is sugar free. thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Vivian

    Hi Ashley,
    I would love to try this cake but it has to be completely dairy free, do you have any ideas on what can I use instead of the yoghurt?

  13. Kim

    I am making this as we speak. I used butter and added frozen blueberries to the batter, I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Vittoria

    This is my second time making this banana bread – my whole family loves it! Thanks for such a wonderful, healthy recipe. The first time I made it as is and it turned out delicious. The second time I was serving it to my one year old daughter, so I subbed out the maple syrup for date paste and made it into muffins. This also worked beautifully! In case anyone wants to try it, making the date paste is super simple. A few minutes before you want to make your muffins/banana bread, take a heaping 1/2 cup of dates (pack them in there!), pit them and put them in a small bowl. Add boiling water to just barely cover them (I mashed them down into the water) and let it sit for 15 minutes or more. Then blend to make them into a paste.

  15. Eva

    Delicious! BUT I had to cook it super long, it’s way dark on top..
    My oven thermometer said the temperature was accurate.. Any suggestions? I just ended up cutting off the edges..

  16. Josephine Wong

    Hello from Malaysia! I made this banana bread last night and having it as breakfast now. So good! I left out the cinamon (not a fan), greek yogurt and vanilla (don’t have them at home) and sub maple to honey but I only use 1/4cup instead of 3/4cup and it is sweet enough for me. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I only have one problem which is my banana bread falls apart when i slice it this morning. Any idea why this happens? It is very moist but i just can’t get a pretty slice like yours.


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