By Vino Girl on September 23, 2004
Photo by Fiddler
Photo by Fiddler
"I love bananas and oatmeal, so when I saw this in the September 2004 issue of Cooking Light, I just knew I had to make it! I wasn't at all disappointed. The oatmeal makes it hearty and somewhat chewy, while the bananas and buttermilk make it sweet and moist - yet it is not as sweet or sticky-moist as some other banana breads I've had. This makes a smaller loaf than some recipes. I made 2 mini-loaves instead of one large one, and they were done in 30-35 minutes. EDITED to mention- Since I posted this recipe, I've made it several times. It has become THE banana bread recipe for this household, and when I give it as gifts it never fails to receive compliments. It is extremely versatile also. I have made it with yogurt in place of buttermilk, walnut oil for the vegetable oil, and I have cut back the sugar and added cinnamon as a couple reviewers suggested. This last time I made an eggless version by substituting 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed + 6 Tablespoons water for the eggs. (I think next time I will try a vegan version by also replacing the buttermilk with soymilk.) Every time it has turned out perfect!"
Serving Size: 1 (76 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 12
"Like most reviewers, I modified this recipe - I was not sold on the "chewy" aspect of the oats in the finished product, so instead I pre-cooked the oats (something learned from making Oatmeal Cake.) I combined the oats with 1/2cup boiling water and let them set to cool. Also, I did not have buttermilk on hand. Instead, I added butter (3 tablespoons) and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar-splenda blend to the oats . I combined the slightly cooled oats with the wet ingredients - and eliminated the oil altogether. In addition, I added 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts and then added the dry ingredients (I lowered amount of sugar to 1/3 cup.) The resulting bread came out moist and tasty. Not too sweet, and not at all chewy."
"I also modified the recipe quite a bit... First off, mixed the oats with the buttermilk (which I increased to 1/2 cup) and set aside to soak. I also halved the sugar and subbed all of the oil with applesauce. I used 1 1/4 cups of bananas. I also added 1/4 cup of poppy seeds, 1/4 cup of raw cocoa nibs, and 1 tsp rum extract (it could've used more). Baked in a loaf pan at 325F for 55 minutes and got a wonderful crust with a moist interior!"
"Wonderful Banana Bread!! great texture. Used Scottish Oats, half whole wheat, half white flour. Used Greek Yogurt instead of buttermilk. Add a quick Streusel Topping for those with a sweet tooth. Baked at 325 for 30 minutes with a lid (just placed another bread pan upside down over the top of the other one) to seal in the moisture and prevent burning of edges, then increased the temp. to 350 for another 20-30 minutes without a lid to finish the baking at brown the bread nicely. New Favorite! Might add more bananas next time, perhaps with some cranberries :)"
"I made this for part of my Dad's birthday present. He is my mom's care giver and he isn't a chef, he has had success with cookies and cakes, but I thought he deserved some extra special treats! I read many reviews and used many of them for my bread. I soak my oats in just enough hot water to cover them and added cinnamon while they were soaking. I substituted plain greek yogurt for the buttermilk. I also substituted applesauce for the oil and the flaxseed and water for the eggs. I also added 2 T. of bran while mixing the dry ingredients together. I sprinkled the tops very lightly with brown sugar. This recipe made 4 mini loaves for me. Enough that we were able to sample one and Mom and Dad can have a few loaves that are the perfect size for them. I feel better knowing I am making them some great tasting treats that are a little healthier than average!"
"This baked up like a dream. And I guess I'm one of those people in the chewy oatmeal fan club because I added extra and I love it! Changes: I added equal part flour and oats (1 c each), 1 tsp cinnamon and subbed 1/2 c packed brown sugar instead of the white sugar. It's chewy, soft and fluffy and is delicious even without butter. A great breakfast bread!"
"2 medium bananas= 1 cup. doubled the recipe Had 4 bananas., used the 2/3 of white and 1/3 of white whole wheat. exchange 1/2 of oil for organic none sweet apple souse. added 1 cup of nuts and about 1 cup of dry cranberries. Made 2 loafs of bread .,"
"Very good recipe. Love it because of the oatmeal, and not a ton of sugar. I used skim milk instead of the buttermilk, and my family thought is was great....Will be making again when I have a few ripe bananas on the counter staring at me."
"The purpose of buttermilk (yogurt, milk and lemon, etc.) in a quick bread or muffin is to assist in leavening: acid activates baking soda, causing it to foam and 'fluff' your batter. When substituting, remember to add some acid to your wet ingredients to replace this effect.
Made recipe as stated, with a few immaterial additions and substitutions. Added a shot of Whalers Vanilla rum (my go-to baking rum) to inhibit gluten formation. Also used ww pastry flour to the same end. End result was pleasantly chewy (from oat s and added almonds), and not at all greasy the way quick breads can sometimes be. Delicious even without butter."
"Fantastic! I made a gluten free* twist by using 1cup Pamela's all purpose baking and pancake mix plus 1/2 cup of oat flour. Additionally I added 1/8 cup flax seeds. Convection baked at 325 for 50 minutes and lined my pan with parchment paper rather than using oil. Like another member mentioned, I too, soaked my oats in 1/2 cop of buttermilk for 30 minutes before combining all ingredients. * I do not have celiac and can tolerate oats so if you just have a sensitivity to wheat give this a try. My 21 month old picky eater loves this. It's a great way to incorporate some whole grains in her diet."
"Nice texture. I cut the sugar by 25% and added nuts...plenty sweet....may cut it a bit more next time. Good recipe!"
"I made a double recipe (with 50% whole wheat flour and some cinnamon), and definitely preferred the second batch, the one that sat out while the first loaf was in the oven. The first batch had oatmeal that was firm/hard and bright white when cut. It was still good, but not quite as delicious as the second."
"Really good! I used whole wheat flour instead of white, and added nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Loved the texture."
"Not bad but not spectacular. I did not love the texture so I would suggest that anyone using whole rolled oats soak them in the buttermilk for a while prior to mixing with remaining ingredients. The colour was nice and golden and the top had a nice sweet crusty-ness to it. Not overbearing with the banana flavour but I would have preferred more banana in it."
"very good texture and taste! I substituted the sugar with 1/3 cup Agave, and used 1/2 cup whole wheat flour with the white flour. I made it yesterday afternoon and between my husband and my sons there is 1 piece left!!"
"Fantastic recipe! I made muffins rather than bread, and here's what you need to know: yields 12 muffins, bake 375 for 16-18 minutes. Another tip is to measure all the wet ingredients in one glass measuring cup, making sure you end up with 2 cups total liquid including the chopped banana. Finally, I wanted a muffin topping, so I finely chopped 1/4 cup walnuts and 1 T. brown sugar - then sprinkled that mixture on top of the muffins before baking. SO yummy!"
"Delicious! I followed the recipe, mostly. No buttermilk on hand, substituted with milk instead. (Also threw in a quarter cup greek yogurt). Soaked the oatmeal in the milk while I got other ingredients together. Added walnuts. (All banana bread should have walnuts. :) ) I wasn't reading closely / mixed up baking soda & baking powder -- ended up using a tsp of both - no problems. Last - added a dash of pumpkin pie spice (sounded good); and a quarter teaspoon of chipotle powder (why not?). Chipotle gave it a little bit of heat, but not overwhelmingly so. Turned out pretty tasty."
"LOL, I did change ingredients but mostly due to not having them. I used brown sugar instead of regular. Didn't have butter milk or the ingredients to make my own buttermilk so used whole milk. Also didn't have vegetable oil so I used peanut oil. So it kind of had a nutty flavor. I like one person's idea of cooking the oats first. Dry they give off a nutty flavor. Also didn't have white flower so used wheat."
"This bread is fantastic. I did make a couple of changes after reading the reviews. I used half oats and half flour. I also used yogurt in place of the oil. It turned out with a wonderful and moist texture perfect for breakfast! Oh, I also added lots of cinnamon."
"This is good banana bread. I was getting tired on the "regular" banana bread so this is a nice change. I made a few changes based on other reviews. I mixed the oats with regular milk (didn't have buttermilk) and it came out fine. I only used 1/2 cup of sugar. I also only had 1 banana so it wasn't a full cup and that probably accounts for the ends of bread being a bit dry. Usually banana bread is very moist through out. I will make this bread again."
"I really enjoyed the chewiness of this bread and it was so quick and easy. next time i think i will add more banana. thanks for sharing"