Banana Strawberry Oatmeal Bread

This banana strawberry oatmeal bread is for those who enjoy a “less sweet” quick bread option.  It tastes great with peanut butter or jam!

Banana Strawberry Oatmeal Bread

Banana Strawberry Oatmeal Bread

Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 12
Calories 224 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1⅓ cup  whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups cubed strawberries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.  Coat two 9”x5” bread pans with cooking spray.
  • Mix together flours, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Set aside.
  • Put bananas, eggs, maple syrup, butter and extracts into a blender and process until smooth. 
  • Pour banana mixture into the flour mixture and blend with a spoon just until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Add strawberries to the bread mixture and gently fold until they are incorporated into the batter.
  • Divide batter equally into the bread pans.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center clean or the internal temperature is 205℉. 
  • Allow to rest in the pans for 5 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.  Allow to cool completely before slicing.
  • Hack:  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze tightly wrapped loaves or slices for up to 3 months.
  • Hack:  Try experimenting by using different kinds of fruit and/or berries in this recipe.  Let me know it turns out in the comments section!
  • Hack:  Take advantage of the wide variety of fruits and berries that can be found in the frozen foods section of the grocery store.  If the pieces are too large for your purpose, simply let a few thaw so you can mash them or puree the desired amount in a blender.
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Did you know?  A family of four wastes about $1,600 per year on produce that “goes over” before it gets eaten.  While my favorite way to use (almost) too ripe fruit is to bake something delicious, this article offers other solutions to avoid waste!

I have lots of recipes for using up fruit and berries, including fruit leatherbanana pudding, and pork chops with apples and onions, to just name a few!

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Raisins

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Raisins
Cinnamon Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Raisins

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Raisins

 

½ cup milk

½ tsp vanilla

1 tbsp raisins

¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

2 tbsp brown sugar

⅛ tsp cinnamon

 

Measure milk, vanilla and raisins into a small saucepan and bring to boil over high heat.

Stir in oats, brown sugar and cinnamon and bring back to boil. Turn heat down to medium and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cover the pan and let oatmeal stand for 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

 

1 serving, 250 calories per serving

 

 

Homemade Fruit Nut Granola

My favorite way to eat this homemade fruit nut granola is stirred into Greek yogurt with a little honey and vanilla! It’s a great way to start my day!

Homemade Fruit Nut Granola

Homemade Fruit Nut Granola

Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 0.5 cup
Calories 235 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup dried cherries
  • cup dried chopped dates

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.  Line a 15”x10” rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix oats, nuts and salt and cinnamon until well blended.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk olive oil, honey and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add olive oil mixture to oats.  Mix until well incorporated and all nuts and oats are coated.  Spread evenly on the lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and use a spatula to flip the granola in sections.  Press granola down with the back of the spatula to make it more cohesive.
  • Return to the oven and bake until golden brown (10-12 minutes).  Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem crunchy enough at this point.  It will continue to crisp up as it cools.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle cherries and dates evenly over the top.  Use the back of the spatula to gently press the fruit down.
  • Allow to rest undisturbed until completely cool then crumble or break into pieces.
  • Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Hack:  Granola is incredibly versatile.  Feel free to use whatever nuts or seeds you have on hand.  The same goes for dried fruit.  Alternative sweeteners such as maple syrup or applesauce can also be used.  Go crazy!
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Did you know?   Oats are a great way to start your day.  They’re packed with nutrition that combats heart disease and diabetes while helping control your weight and digestive health.  Check out the facts here!

Suggestion: Serve this in a bowl with milk for a fast and easy meal any time of day!  It can also be used to make a yogurt granola cup or in overnight oats.

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please! These oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies are wholesome, filling and gluten-free! Make a bit batch and freeze some for later!

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Course Breakfast
Servings 12
Calories 285 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled or quick oats
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • ¼ cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • cup unsweetened applesauce (or any other fruit butter or sauce)
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)
  • ½ cup raisins (or other dried fruit)
  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts, unsalted (or other nut/seed)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325℉. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer) until well combined. The dough will be thick and heavy.
  • Scoop by ¼ cup measurements onto cookie sheets. Shape into rounds and flatten slightly. Cookies will not spread while baking.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes until edges are brown. Cool for 10 minutes on a cookie sheet and transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Store at room temperature for 5 days or in the refrigerator for 10 days.
  • Hack: This recipe is very versatile so use your imagination and whatever ingredients you have on hand!
  • Hack: Freeze for up to 3 months in a sealable freezer bag or container. Thaw overnight and serve at room temperature or warm for a few seconds in the microwave.
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Did you know?   Oats are a great way to start your day.  They’re packed with nutrition that combats heart disease and diabetes while helping control your weight and digestive health.  Check out the facts here!

Read my review of the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer here.

Basic Overnight Oats Recipe

This basic overnight oats recipe is a do-ahead recipe that will make your mornings stress-free!! Oats are loaded with good-for-you nutrients to start your day.  Switch things up by replacing the oats with homemade granola.

Basic Overnight Oats Recipe

Basic Overnight Oats Recipe

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 175 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • cup milk (dairy or unsweetened non-dairy)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp honey or preferred sweetener

Stir-in Suggestions:

  • Peanut butter and sliced strawberries
  • Chopped apples, pecans and cinnamon (⅛ tsp).
  • Mashed banana, sliced strawberries and Nutella
  • Pitted cherries and shredded coconut
  • Dried cranberries and freshly grated ginger
  • Use your imagination. The possibilities are endless!

Instructions
 

  • Mix the first 6 ingredients (yogurt through sweetener) together until well blended. Add desired stir-ins. Separate into two containers with tightly fitting lids.
  • Refrigerate overnight. Stir before serving.
  • Hack: Use granola instead of rolled oats!
  • Hack: The basic overnight oats recipe can be stored, tightly sealed, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The overnight oats with stir-ins can be stored for up to 3 days.
  • Hack: Take advantage of the wide variety of fruits and berries that can be found in the frozen foods section of the grocery store. If the pieces are too large for your liking, simply let a few thaw so you can mash them or puree the desired amount in a blender.
  • Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
  • Hack: If your bananas have reached maximum ripeness, remove peels and place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once solid, place in a sealable freezer bag and store in the freezer for use in recipes that call for mashed or pureed banana.
  • Hack: Use any leftover Greek yogurt to make this versatile Dill Greek Yogurt Dip!
Keyword breakfast, make ahead breakfast, oatmeal, overnight breakfast, overnight oats, rolled oats, vegan, vegetarian

Did you know?   Oats are a great way to start your day.  They’re packed with nutrition that combats heart disease and diabetes while helping control your weight and digestive health.  Check out the facts here!

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