Easy Oatmeal Banana Bread | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Easy Oatmeal Banana Bread

Today, I'm sharing my new favorite healthy banana bread recipe with you! This Weight Watchers inspired recipe for Easy Oatmeal Banana Bread is enhanced with the goodness of oats for a healthy banana bread (no butter) full of banana flavor and a great chewy texture! It just might become your new favorite healthy banana bread too!

Easy Banana Oatmeal Bread | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

I know there are a gazillion banana bread recipes out there and you probably have your favorite recipe already...but, so did I! That is, before I met this better-for-you Weight Watchers inspired Oatmeal Banana Bread recipe.

I have to confess, I'm not a huge banana fan. I do like having them around the house for a quick bite when I'm hungry though.

I'm very picky about their degree of ripeness when I eat them out of hand though. In my opinion, if the bananas have any brown spots, the only thing they are good for is banana bread or muffins.

So, as you can guess, I almost always have bananas that are too ripe to eat out of hand (in my opinion) laying around.

Easy Banana Oatmeal Bread | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

I still love this recipe for Easy Banana Bread, but now that I'm back on the Weight Watchers wagon, I was looking for something a little more program friendly. 

That's when I found the recipe for banana bread with oatmeal on their site. This bread is healthy comfort food I can get on board with!

The first time I made it, I made no changes to the recipe or the technique, and while the flavor was awesome, there was just something about the texture I didn't care for.

The second time I made it, I ground up the oats into a "flour" and added some vanilla and a little cinnamon. The second loaf had just the right texture...a little chewy, but not dotted with big hunks of oats. I had a keeper!

If you can wait that long, believe it or not, this banana bread actually tastes better the next day!

Easy Banana Oatmeal Bread | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

How do you make Easy Oatmeal Banana Bread?

  • Do use a food processor or a high speed blender to grind the old fashioned oats into "flour" for a better texture
  • Use a food processor or high speed blender to puree your bananas! I think mashing bananas this way gives breads and muffins they are used in a deeper banana flavor, plus it's so easy! 
  • If you have enough will power, wait and enjoy your Easy Oatmeal Banana Bread on day two. After the bread has cooled to room temperature, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or foil and allow it to sit a day. The bread will become more moist and flavorful the next day! It will also be very easy to cut into 10 portions once it sits. 
  • Walnuts are optional!  I used them in my bread, but you can leave them out if you want a lower point/calorie bread. 

How do you make Banana Oatmeal muffins?

This recipe is perfect for making muffins instead of bread. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and scoop the batter into each well to fill approximately 2/3rds of the way.

Bake in a 375 degree F oven for approximately 25 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

(Bake times may vary according to how your oven bakes). 

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Yield: 10 servings

Easy Oatmeal Banana Bread

Easy Oatmeal Banana Bread

Prep time: 10 MCook time: 50 MTotal time: 60 M
Easy Oatmeal Banana Bread is enhanced with the goodness of oats for a healthy banana bread (no butter) full of banana flavor and a great chewy texture! It just might become your new favorite healthy banana bread too!


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 large, ripe bananas, cut into chunks
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 TBSP cooking oil (corn, canola, etc)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9" nonstick loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, add the 1 cup of old fashioned oats. Process until the oats are half their size or less. Add in brown sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Pulse to combine. Dump dry mixture into a large bowl.
  3. In a food processor or blender, add the bananas. Process until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, and oil. Pulse to combine. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Fold in until just combined. Fold in the walnuts, if using.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45 - 50 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool in pan, on rack, for 10 minutes, then cool on rack. Wrap tightly with foil or plastic wrap and store in cool, dry place or in refrigerator. The flavor tends to get better the next day.


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  1. Did you figure out the Smart Points for your recipe? I'm on WW too, and it's so hard to not bake yummy things b/c of the sugar content! Though this recipe is lower in sugar than some.

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  2. The recipe on the WW site is 5SP for 1/10th of the recipe. That is with no nuts and one egg and 2 egg whites. I did run my version through the recipe builder, and I got 6 SP for 1/10, but if you cut it in 12 servings it's less. Congrats with being on WW and yes, I agree about the sugar. I don't really like sugar substitutes, so I still use real sugar and just take the extra points for it.

  3. Thanks for the recipe. I made exactly as directed with the exception of adding 2 TBSP of flax and not adding the walnuts. So good and I will make again.

    1. Hi Jessica! Great swap! I'm so happy you love it. Thank you for coming back to review!

  4. Can quick oats be substituted in this recipe for the old fashioned oatmeal?

  5. Hi Renee! This sounds so good..if I replace half of AP flour with Whole Wheat White, what adjustments, if anyany, do you suggest...Thanks

    1. Hello! You shouldn't need to make any adjustments if you make that replacement. Enjoy!

  6. I live in South America and our bananas are smaller. Would it. E possible to give me s cup measure?

    1. Hi Melissa! Thanks for your questioon. I don't have a cup measure, but if your bananas are smaller, using 4 or 5 small bananas instead of 3 bigger ones should work. Let me know how it turns out!

  7. I was just wondering if you can use frozen bananas? I have so many in the freezer for my smoothies.
    This recipe sounds so good.

    1. Hi Carol! You can definitely use frozen bananas. (I freeze bananas too) Just defrost them before you use them in this recipe and you should be good!

  8. Have you ever added carrots to your banana bread?

    1. Hi Rachel. I have never added carrots but I think it would be a great addition! Thanks for the suggestion!

  9. Tried this recipe, didn't have vanilla and with a new oven for some reason it overheated like crazy so I had dark brown sides and a raw middle, read somewhere to cover tight with tin foil and throw it back in the oven. It was life saver, because this banana bread was so yummy!!!! 😋Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Fiji! Happy to hear you were able to save it! Thank you for your review!

  10. This is the best banana bread I’ve ever tasted! I added in a grated zucchini (just because I had one) and used almonds instead of walnuts (didn’t have any walnuts at home). This is a great recipe, thanks so much!

    1. Hi Jesse! Love the idea of adding zucchini! Thank you for your review!

  11. Hi, I was thinking on not adding sugar since the banana is already sweet. Has anybody tried this? / I was also wondering if the estimated nutrition information corresponds to one portion, in this case How many portion would have the whole bread? Around ten? Or How many grams would correspond to a portion? Just to have an idea. Thanks!

    1. Hi Brenda! Thanks for your questions. I've never made this recipe without the sugar. I'm not certain the recipe would work because in baking, sugar is often a necessary ingredient for texture. But if you try it, please come back and let me know how it works! Yes, the nutritional information corresponds to one serving, which I believe is 1/10th of the whole bread.

  12. Hi !!! What do you mean by FOLD IN ? Should I just blend the 2 mixtures at the end?

    1. Hi Esti! Yes, just gently combine the two. The less you work the flour, the more tender the bread will be.

  13. I only had two bananas, so I substituted grated zucchini. We prefer less sweet, so I also cut the amount of sugar in half. It came out perfect for our tastebuds. This recipe is a winner. Thank you.

    1. Love your substitutions and so very happy it came out to your liking! We do love this recipe too!

  14. Just the recipe I have been looking for!I made this last night. I used overripe bananas that has sat in the fridge for 2 days and I added raisins (because my husband loves raisins) and walnuts. It turned out really good. This is a keeper. Thank you for sharing your recipe. We love it.

    1. I'm so pleased to hear you love it! Thank you so much for your review!

  15. Hi can I use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour thank u

    1. Hi Farah! Yes, you can substitute whole wheat flour for AP flour. It may come out a bit denser.

  16. This was, far and away, the best banana bread recipe that I have ever used!!! What a wonderful, delicious bread! I did use GF flour and oats, and it tasted fantastic. This will be my ‘go-to’ recipe and the only recipe that I provide to my family and friends. Thank you sooo much!

    1. I'm sooo happy you enjoyed this recipe DianneV! Thanks for your review!


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