Banana bread gets a nutritious boost in this delicious Whole Wheat Banana Oat Bread. Made with whole wheat flour, hearty oats, and sweet bananas baked into every bite!

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Delicious, Nutritious Whole Wheat Banana Bread

It’s no secret that I’m big into banana bread. I’m obsessed. And this Whole Wheat Banana Oat Bread is one of my favorites. It bakes up soft, slightly sweet and very hearty. It makes a great quick breakfast or snack with your mid-morning coffee.

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A Holiday for Banana Bread!

I get totally excited for National Banana Bread Day! And I couldn’t let that brilliant “holiday” go by without sharing another scrumptious banana bread recipe with y’all. And if your family is anything like ours, you always have ripened bananas on the kitchen counter ready to be baked into yummy bread.

So start peeling those ripened bananas and join me in celebrating National Banana Bread Day with one of my favorite banana bread recipes that gets a healthy boost from whole wheat flour, hearty oats, and of course, bananas!

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When Is a Banana Ripe Enough for Baking?

Learn how to tell if your banana is ripe enough for baking banana bread. Plus, tips for freezing bananas at their baking prime!

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What Do I Need to Make Whole Wheat Banana Oat Bread?

(see recipe card for measurements and details)

  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Ripe bananas
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Rolled or old fashioned oats
  • 9x5x3 inch loaf pan
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A Note About Oats

This recipe calls for rolled oats (or old fashioned oats). You can use quick oats and the bread will still turn out delicious, but rolled oats definitely give it more texture.

How to Make Whole Wheat Banana Oat Bread

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and lightly flour a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan; set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and beat to incorporate.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined.
Steps to make Whole Wheat Banana Oat Bread.
  • Add bananas, Greek yogurt, and vanilla until well incorporated.
  • Stir in the oats.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
Steps to make Whole Wheat Banana Oat Bread.
  • Bake until a knife or toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. You might want to cover the top of the bread with foil during the last 20 minutes of baking to prevent the top from burning while letting the center of the bread continues to bake.
  • Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooking rack or go ahead and serve warm.
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More of The Best Banana Bread Recipes

From classic banana bread to flourless to chocolate and everything in-between, you won’t want to miss any of The Best Banana Bread Recipes!

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How to Store Banana Oat Bread

Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

To freeze, let cool completely and then wrap the entire loaf or individual slices in plastic wrap and then wrap in a layer of foil or place in a freezer-safe plastic bag or container to keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let defrost at room temperature for a few hours before enjoying.

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If you make this Whole Wheat Banana Oat Bread and post a pic to social, be sure to tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see! 😍 I just love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the recipes and ideas I share. Enjoy!

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Whole Wheat Banana Oat Bread by The BakerMama

Whole Wheat Banana Oat Bread

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  • Author: Maegan – The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 mins
  • Yield: 1 loaf (8-10 slices)
  • Category: Breakfast

Description

Banana bread gets a healthy boost as this delicious Whole Wheat Banana Oat Bread made with whole wheat flour, hearty oats, and of course, bananas!


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup oats

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and lightly flour a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat to incorporate.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined.
  4. Stir in the bananas, Greek yogurt, and vanilla until well incorporated.
  5. Stir in the oats and then pour into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake until a knife or toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. You might want to cover the top of the bread with foil during the last 20 minutes of baking to prevent the top from burning while letting the center of the bread continues to bake.
  7. Let the baked loaf rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack or go ahead and serve warm.

About The BakerMama

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  1. I know this is an old recipe but fwiw this has become my favorite banana bread recipe! It’s not too sweet and the banana/oat/wheat flavors all enhance each other. The only thing I’ve changed is substituting brown sugar for white.

    1. Hi Hannah! Thank you for sharing. It’s still one of my favorites too and you’ve now inspired me to make it again asap. I hope you continue to enjoy! 🙂

  2. Hi, could this recipe be used to make muffins? If so how long should they bake and how full would you fill cup ? Love every recipe I have tried of yours. Janice

    1. Hi Janice! Yes, you can definitely bake this recipe into muffins. I would recommend filling each muffin cup 3/4 full and baking for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!

  3. I’m curious why this whole wheat recipe has sour cream & your other banana bread recipes don’t? I often substitute whole wheat flour in recipes without making any other tweaks, so I’d love to know! Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Alexandra! This particular recipe has sour cream to add additional moisture given the whole wheat flour and oats are denser ingredients. You could also use greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Both add a slight tangy twist that you don’t get in a traditional banana bread recipe. Enjoy!

  4. Hi, this is the best banana bread I’ve made so far and I’ve tried loads of recipes, just 1 question, if I want to add nuts and seeds do I reduce the amount of oats or any of the dry ingredients?
    Thanks
    Carolina

    1. Hi Carolina! I think the recipe will accommodate a cup of chopped nuts just great. No need to adjust other ingredients. Great idea! Enjoy!

    1. Hi Renee! Yes, I’d say the middle rack to give it room to rise without being right up next to the top of the oven. Just remove the racks above it so the loaf pan will fit. Enjoy!