Secret Recipe Club: Vegan Banana Oat Bread

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Banana Oat Bread

It’s that time of the month! It is Secret Recipe Club for the month of December and I am working it! I have finally baked something and this something was GOOD. 

Secret Recipe Club

Okay, so wait. I am lying. I baked on November 21st. I baked in 2 day increments and made German Chocolate Cupcakes for Ryan’s birthday. Yes. I made the frosting on one day and the cupcakes on another day when I had the time between taking care of the baby.

Cooking and baking has been a little challenging and not as important to me since having Julianne. Although I feel hungry very often, due to breastfeeding, I have no desire to cook or bake.

Even though I took this December task as a challenge it turned out not to be so hard. As I get a hang of a schedule with the baby, I work on tasks that are important. If I feel I can bake after the most important things are out of the way then I will. Sometimes, baking allows me to do something fun than keeping up with all the chores in the house.

In comes this yummy Oat Banana Bread. When I found out I was assigned Itzy’s Kitchen, I was excited. I follow Erica’s blog and really like all her posts especially all the details about her pregnancy and now her newborn. She is a great inspiration especially since she looks amazing since having her baby. She seems to have gotten a hold of a schedule at her house. You go Erica!

She loves to workout and teaches classes at her gym. She even worked out up until giving birth to her daughter. If you have been keeping up with my blog, Erica and I have lots of things in common. I just hope that once I am able to get back into my exercise routine that I can shed all my unwanted pounds.

Banana Oat Bread

 As I perused Itzy’s Kitchen I came across a yummy recipe for banana bread. I have had a hankering for banana bread so much so that I kept sniffing my husband thinking he smelled like banana bread. I knew I had to make some instead of thinking that people around me smelled like bread. LOL

Erica found the recipe on The Motherload and then added chocolate chips to her bread. I decided to leave out the chips and I made it vegan. How about that? Inspiration all around. The other unique thing about this recipe is that it called for oats and buttermilk instead of sour cream or yogurt.

This banana oat bread was DELICIOUS! It baked perfectly and browned so elegantly. Can bread brown elegantly? It did for me! It was very moist and even though I used coconut oil, I could not taste it. I used flax seed meal to substitute for the eggs and I made buttermilk using coconut milk and apple cider vinegar. 

You too can make this healthier banana bread and maybe even make them in 4 smaller loaves and give it to friends. I decided to keep my loaf and eat it with my husband. Hee hee.

I am glad I took on December challenge because it was great! Thank Erica for the recipe!

Banana Oat Bread

  Vegan Banana Oat Bread

Adapted from The Motherload, found through Itzy’s Kitchen

1 1/2 cups whole wheat white flour

2/3 cup agave nectar

1 1/2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup mashed banana (2 bananas)
1/3 cup buttermilk or (1/3 cup So Delicious coconut milk + 2 tsp apple cider vinegar)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs or 2 flax “eggs”, beaten (2 Tbsp flax meal + 6 Tbsp warm water)

Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

Combine dry ingredients together in a large bowl. 

Make flax “eggs” in a small bowl and set aside for 3 minutes.

Combine banana, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and “eggs” in a small bowl. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently just until the dry ingredients are moistened. 

Spoon batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Cool on a wire rack, in the pan, for about 15 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan after 15 minutes and cool thoroughly on the rack.

Banana Oat Bread

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  • Lesa @Edesia’s Notebook

    Congrats on getting ANYTHING done while breastfeeding a newborn! That’s quite an accomplishment!

  • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    The smell of banana bread baking is my favorite scent in the WORLD! I wish they’d make a perfume of it 😛 This bread looks awesome! I love that it rose up so tall.

  • Lisa

    Healthy and delicious, you can’t go wrong with that.

  • Erica

    How FREAKING cute is your peanut? And how excited am I that you got assigned my blog! Love! The bread sounds and looks fantastic. Nice work :) Perfect grab and go breakfast or snack. Heart you and all of your sweet words!

  • Bethany S.

    Baby is beautiful!! Bread looks delicious.

    I have a question about vegan “eggs” (not sure if you’d know): why are the amounts for flax seed eggs almost twice as much as for Ener-G eggs? (i.e. 2 eggs would equal 1 T. Ener-G egg replacer powder plus 4 T. water) I was afraid substituting one for the other would mess up the moisture content in the recipe. Thoughts?

  • Noelle

    @Bethany S.–Actually Ener-G egg replacer is not 1 TBSP and 4 Tbsp for 1 egg. It is 1 egg = 1 1/2 tsp dry Egg Replacer plus 2 tbsp water. Thought you should know.

  • Vegiegail

    OMG—look at her beautiful smile! And the banana oat bread looks AMAZING!

  • Monet

    She is just beautiful! Thanks for making me smile and my stomach growl :-) I hope you had a lovely Monday. I’m ready to get baking! I have another bread recipe that I’m excited to try tonight. Much love from Austin!

  • Cara

    Oh man, your baby is *the* most adorable little girl ever. I can smell her baby skin, just imaging it. melting. The bread looks great too but that baby…!!! Precious.

  • Kimberly (Badger Girl)

    Yum! I would have never thought to use coconut milk instead of buttermilk, what a great idea! Looks awesome and you have a beautiful baby. :)

  • Bizzy B. Bakes

    Babies make the world go round. You need to eat bread to play your role in that. Beautiful bread…beautiful cutie pie.

  • Astrid

    Banana Breads are always winners for me.
    your little girl is so cute. I know it is hard to keep a schedule when a little baby is around and cooking and baking as being time consuming tasks are not easy to keep up with. So is blogging.
    kudos to you for joining in SRC this month!

  • sophiesfoodiefiles

    MMMMMM,…that bread looks amazing & ooh so pretty too!
    Your daughter is a real cutie!

  • judee @ gluten Free A-Z

    I think mother nature makes it so new mothers want to spend time with their adorable little ones.. Enjoy! (the bread looks good though)!

  • chow vegan

    Such a cute picture! Glad you had the time and energy to bake, the banana bread looks super yummy! :-)

  • Kirsten

    Yum..looks healthy! Julianne is sweet. The secret recipe club sounds fun…I checked it out and joined:) what is the baked thing on your blog header?

  • Cajunlicious

    Love coconut milk, I use it a lot. This looks delicious, but you must be superwoman getting all this done being a new mommy. Happy Holidays!