Ripe bananas are the perfect addition to a quick bread recipe. They contain natural sweetness provided by the higher sugar levels while in their ripe state, and this will make it possible to decrease the amount of processed sugars you add in the recipe. This entire recipe uses only 1/2 C dark brown sugar.
I added pumpkin puree because I find it provides great moisture to baked goods. I also opted for applesauce, which allowed me to omit any butter/oils/fats in the recipe without sacrificing flavor. I replaced a whole egg for 2 egg whites and substituted a good amount of all purpose flour with oats.
I really wanted to add a generous handful of chocolate chips to the batter, but I went with the healthier option of diced apple chunks instead. I did NOT regret this choice. The first bite I took was filled with these surprise cinnamon sugar apple chunks - kind of like biting into an apple pie, which is never a bad thing.
This bread came absolutely delicious! It's incredibly moist, no one will believe you there is no oil or butter in it. The spice combo provides wonderful flavor, and my house smelled AMAZING when it came out of the oven. I've been eating a slice every morning for breakfast with a little bit of maple pumpkin butter. SO. GOOD.
Spiced Apple Oatmeal Bread
Only 93 calories per 1/2" slice!
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 C packed dark brown sugar
1/4 C pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 C applesauce
2 egg whites
2 tsp vanilla
1 C all-purpose flour
1 C old-fashioned oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 apple, peeled, cored, and small diced
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp flour
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9"x 5" loaf pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas and dark brown sugar. Mix on low speed with paddle mixer until well combined, about 2 minutes.
- Add pumpkin, applesauce, egg whites, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until combined, about 2 minutes.
- In a separate large bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, ground ginger, and nutmeg. Mix to combine.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix to just combine. Do not overmix, as this will result in a tougher bread as the gluten over-develops.
- In a small bowl, combine the diced apples, 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp flour. Stir into the bread batter using a spatula until just combined.
- Transfer the mixture to your baking pan, leveling the top with a spatula. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (I baked for exactly 38 minutes). Remove from oven and allow the bread to cool completely on a rack. This bread is ultra moist, and may seem under-cooked, but cooling the loaf completely will allow it to set and make it easier to remove from the pan.
|MMM smells so good, fresh out of the oven!|