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Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread (Gluten-free)

This Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread recipe is made of alternative flour such as oat flour. It has a slightly oaty flavor compared to traditional banana bread made with wheat flour. However, it keeps a strong banana aroma and taste. The texture of this banana bread is moist, and the overall taste is sweet, nutty, and slightly spicy!

Is banana bread healthy or unhealthy?

The healthiness of banana bread can vary greatly depending on the ingredients used and the portion size. Traditional banana bread is often high in sugar, fat, and calories, which can contribute to weight gain and other health issues if consumed in large quantities.
However, this Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread recipe provides a healthier option for banana bread. This one is made with oat flour, reduced sugar, and healthy fats such as olive oil. Oats are a good source of carbs and fiber, including the powerful fiber beta-glucan. These ingredients make banana bread a more nutritious option that is still satisfying and delicious.
Additionally, adding ingredients like nuts or seeds can increase the fiber and nutrient content of the Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread.

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread

When should you not use bananas for bread

There are a few reasons why you might not to use bananas in bread:

  • Overripe bananas: Overripe or even rotten bananas are bad for bread. Use ripe bananas for banana bread.
  • Allergies: Some individuals may be allergic to bananas and should avoid consuming them. If you’re allergic to bananas, this recipe is not for you. If you carving for an easy healthy sweet snack, you’d better check my Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.
  • Dietary restrictions: Some people may avoid bananas due to dietary restrictions, such as following a low-carb or paleo diet.

What is the healthiest breakfast?

There is no one specific “healthiest” breakfast as the ideal breakfast varies depending on a person’s individual nutritional needs and personal preferences. However, a healthy breakfast includes the following components:

  • Whole grains: such as whole grain bread, quinoa, or oatmeal which provide fiber, complex carbohydrates, and a range of essential nutrients.
  • Protein: such as eggs, Greek yogurt, or nut butter, which helps keep you full and provides essential amino acids.
  • Fruits or vegetables: such as berries, avocado, or spinach, provide fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Healthy fats: such as nuts, seeds, or olive oil, provide essential fatty acids and help regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Hydrating fluids: such as water, herbal tea, or coconut water, help keep you hydrated and energized.

This Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread can be a balanced breakfast as it provides the energy and nutrients you need to start your day on the right foot.

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread

What is Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread made of

Healthy oatmeal banana bread is made with oat flour, bananas, and other wholesome ingredients. Here’s a list of ingredients that we use in this recipe to make a healthy oatmeal banana bread:

  • Oat flour or blended oats: provides fiber, complex carbohydrates, and a range of essential nutrients.
  • Bananas: natural sweetener that also adds moisture and flavor to the bread.
  • Sweetener: such as honey or maple syrup, provides a natural source of sweetness.
  • Healthy fats: such as olive oil, avocado, or coconut oil, adds moisture and flavor to the bread.
  • Baking powder: helps the bread rise.
  • Spices: such as cinnamon or nutmeg, adds flavor to the bread.
  • Toppings: such as walnuts, almonds, or chia seeds, adds texture and healthy fats to the bread.
  • Egg: helps hold the ingredients together and provide structure to the bread

By using these wholesome ingredients, oatmeal banana bread can be a nutritious and delicious option for breakfast or a snack.

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread ingredients

How do you make Oatmeal Banana Bread

The recipe is very easy!
Preheat the oven to 170°C.
In a large bowl, mix olive oil and honey. Then add an egg and whisk it, making the batter fluffier and whiter. I use an electric hand mixer for this.

In another bowl, mash the bananas.

Add mashed bananas, vanilla extract and milk to the oil-honey-egg mixture. Mix till smooth.

Add cinnamon, baking powder, a pinch of salt and oat flour to the batter. Mix well.

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread batter

In the end, add your favorite toppings to the batter with the help of the spatula. I added chopped walnuts and chocolate chips.

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread batter

Line the loaf pan with baking paper and transfer the batter into it. Bake it in the oven for about 50-55min. Check the readiness with a toothpick inserted into the loaf center – it must be dry.

Take the Oatmeal Banana Bread out of the oven, place it on the cutting board and let it cool for a couple of minutes.

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread loaf

Cut the banana bread into pieces and enjoy!

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread
Healthy Oatmeal Banana Bread

Healthy Banana Bread (Gluten-free)

Healthy gluten-free banana bread made with oat flour tastes delicious and satisfying! It is nutty, sweet and slightly spicy. This is a good alternative to regular banana bread
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf


  • 1 hand mixer optional


  • 1 egg
  • 25 g olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 25 g almond milk or coconut milk
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1,5 ripe bananas (about 100g)
  • 110 g oat flour
  • 0.25 tsp salt
  • 0.25 tsp cinnamon
  • 0.25 tsp baking powder

Toppings (optional)

  • 20 g chopped chocolate or chocolate chips (can be replaced with raisins or dried cranberries)
  • 20 g chopped walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  • Combine olive oil and honey in a bowl. Add an egg in and whisk it for about 2 mins.
  • Mash the bananas in another bowl.
  • Add bananas, vanilla extract and milk to the batter and combine till smooth.
  • Add cinnamon, baking powder, a pinch of salt and oat flour to the batter and mix well.
  • Add toppings to the batter (chopped walnuts, chocolate chips or raisins).
  • Transfer the batter to the loaf pan lined with baking paper. Bake it in the oven for about 50-55min.
  • Take the baked banana bread out of the oven, cool it for a bit and then cut it into pieces. Enjoy!
Keyword banana bread, dessert, gluten-free

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