If you want to french toast this, I support that.
I did it here. And it ’twas delicious.
This bread is like if a sweet banana bread, a whole wheat bread, a bowl of oatmeal, and a gingerbread cookie were to have a baby. It’s mildly sweet and not as soft as a banana bread, which makes it absolutely perfect for french toast! We win!
Also we win because Adele is on the Today show and I WANNA WATCH and then end up feeling slightly depressed and moody. Worth it.
Let’s talk about my life. Then you can talk about your life and this will be like therapy.
But my life…my usual recipe making process goes – 1) make recipe 2) write down recipe in one of my many notebooks 3) try the recipe and think oh this is gross OR oh this is delicious 4) if the latter thought occurs then in a couple days I want to tell you about the dish 5) I go to write the recipe down and realize I can’t find the notebook I wrote the recipe in 6) spend 10+ minutes searching for the notebook 7) find the notebook stuffed in between the couch cushions/under a car seat/in the dishwasher 8) think gahh I need better organization skills.
It’s a struggle being me.
This bread, like all things, is legit with a smear of peanut butter and nutella.
Oh AND if you are the type who gives DIY gifts, you could totally whip up a couple loaves of this bread to wrap up and give out. I want to be the type who gives gorgeous DIY gifts…but I seem to never quite have it all together enough to go the DIY gift route. And I’m like do people even want my DIY gifts?!
So your choice is to DIY gift this OR keep the loaf for yourself. Either way things are looking good.
Gingerbread Banana Oatmeal Bread
Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
2 cups flour (I used a 50:50 mix of all-purpose and white whole wheat)
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (~3 small bananas or 2 large)
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375ºF. In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into dry and combine until a batter forms. Scoop batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool 30 minutes in the loaf pan before removing it.