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.
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.
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.
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 Bread
- 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
- 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.
- Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mash the bananas in a small bowl.
- 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.
- 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.
- Let the bread cool out of the oven for about an hour before removing from the pan and slicing.