Frugal Foodie Mama: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Banana Bread

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Banana Bread

This family pleasing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Banana Bread is chock full of hearty oats, gooey chocolate chips, & crunchy walnuts...
This family pleasing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Banana Bread is chock full of hearty oats, gooey chocolate chips, & crunchy walnuts.

Here is something that you all might not know about me (or maybe you do!)- I hate to waste food. Like I absolutely loathe it. If I have to throw something out because it went bad, I cringe because I literally picture myself tossing a wad of dollar bills into the trash can.

We always take leftovers home from the restaurant because they make an excellent lunch or dinner the next day. And who doesn't like getting two meals for one?? Am I right? 

If strawberries or peaches are about to go bad, I slice them up, toss them into baggies, and keep them in the freezer to add to smoothies. But the fruit that always seems to be the bane of my existence when it comes to food waste is bananas. It doesn't matter how big or small the bunch is, we always seem to end up with at least 2 or 3 that are too overripe to peel & eat. Sometimes I peel them, wrap them in aluminum foil, and then freeze them because they also make the perfect addition to smoothies. But my favorite way to prevent those mushy bananas from going to waste is to bake them up into a loaf of tasty banana bread. :)

This family pleasing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Banana Bread is chock full of hearty oats, gooey chocolate chips, & crunchy walnuts.

I really love to experiment and play around with my variations on homemade banana bread. In fact, one of my most popular banana bread recipes on the blog is for my Pina Colada Banana Bread. It combines my love of pina coladas with my affinity for hot buttered rum (the glaze on that banana bread is out of this world!). 

For my most recent banana bread creation that I am sharing with you all today, I decided to combine my love of classic banana bread with one of my family's favorite cookies- chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. :)

This family pleasing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Banana Bread is chock full of hearty oats, gooey chocolate chips, & crunchy walnuts.

This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Banana Bread is chock full of hearty oats, gooey chocolate chips, & crunchy walnuts. The absolute perfect ratio of flavors and textures! My family gobbled up every last crumb of this loaf of banana bread. In fact, it was requested that I bake another loaf of this the very next week. ;)

A slice of this banana bread pairs perfectly with your cup of morning coffee, but it is definitely decadent enough to double as a dessert as well. Serve a slice warm topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream & a drizzle of chocolate sauce, and voila! 


This family pleasing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Banana Bread is chock full of hearty oats, gooey chocolate chips, & crunchy walnuts.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Banana Bread
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Ingredients (Serves 8-10)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled & mashed
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray the inside of a loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, & oats. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, milk, yogurt, & oil until well combined. Then mix in the vanilla, eggs, & sugars.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips & walnuts.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes. The banana bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Let the bread cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Gently slide a butter knife along the edges of the pan, & remove the bread from the pan by gently turning it upside down over the wire rack. Allow the loaf to cool completely.

Slice & enjoy!
Leftover banana bread will stay good for 3-5 days as long as you keep it wrapped tightly.

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