Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Bread

You know what we need more of in this life?  Banana bread.  It’s really such a simple common thing, but I had almost forgotten how good it tasted.  I made a bunch of baked goods for our vacation this past weekend and banana bread was one of the requested items.

But there were a few caveats: it had to have chocolate chips and it had to taste yummy. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Bread | Life Healthfully Lived

Those were the instructions I got from my sister.  I was also in charge of making zucchini bread and apple streusel muffins but my rules on those were that I had to follow my Mom’s recipes.  Since my Mom didn’t have a banana bread recipe, I had a little more freedom on this one.  Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Bread | Life Healthfully Lived

Mom thought something with oats might be good and a little more hearty than a loaf laden with sugar, so I ran with that.  Obviously, chocolate chips made it into the mix and I think it came out pretty good.  Jodie approved but said there could be some improvements.

So, of course, the day after returning from vacation, I made a new loaf.  Because that’s normal, right?  I tweaked a few things and came up with this recipe and I think it might become my go-to banana bread. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Bread | Life Healthfully Lived

If you’re looking for a gluten-free version of banana bread… this isn’t it.  Lucky for you, I already have a gluten-free version on the blog and it’s pretty delicious.  Oh and if you aren’t down with dark chocolate chips, feel free to use semi-sweet or whatever type of chips you like.

Just don’t skimp on the chocolate 🙂

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal BreadChocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Bread | Life Healthfully Lived

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup milk (any kind)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-3 VERY ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly grease a bread pan.  In a small bowl, mix together the oats and milk.  Let this sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mash the bananas in a small bowl.
  3. Add the eggs, oil, and bananas to the oats and stir until well combined.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until blended.  It will be a thicker batter.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips and then pour the batter into the bread pan.  Bake the bread for about an hour or until the middle is set.
  5. Let the bread cool out of the oven for about an hour before removing from the pan and slicing.