Written by: Elizabeth Fay, MS, RD, CSCPCC, LD, CNSC
Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Pediatric Critical Care Nutrition, Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
Cooler weather and holiday spirits are here in full swing! If you have that oven baking and traditional dishes cooking, you may be looking for a simple breakfast, snack, or dessert to bake and have on hand. This is a great snack to fuel your body before a workout or to refuel your body after exercising. Or warm it up in the microwave and serve with a glass of soy milk for a cozy warm breakfast or after dinner snack. How does 8 simple ingredients sounds? You may already have all the ingredients on hand! Bonus: your kitchen and home are guaranteed to smell like a holiday candle with this nourishing recipe!
Our Cozy Almond Oat Banana Bread is the perfect recipe to bake, store, and freeze to have ready now and all year long! The best part is just how simple it is to make and the variations are endless!
Inside our super simple nourishing bread are old fashioned rolled oats. Oats are loaded with fiber, which helps to keep you full longer. Fiber also helps to keep us regular and can reduce LDL-cholesterol levels. Fiber is also great at maintaining good blood sugar control. Oats are also rich in phosphorus, magnesium, thiamine, and zinc!
Almonds help to add a tiny crunch to our bread. Almonds are a good source of monounsaturated fat, fiber, and protein. Almonds are also loaded with vitamin E and manganese. Vitamin E is critical to maintain our skin and eye health. It also acts as an antioxidant and keeps our blood healthy. Manganese plays an important role in our metabolism.
We substitute a flax “egg” for typical eggs in this recipe. This switch still gives the recipe some protein, but also adds a boost of fiber, polyunsaturated fat, and antioxidants. Flaxseeds are also effective at reducing LDL-cholesterol, and have high amounts of lignans, which are plant phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens play a role in preventing diabetes and some cancers. This nutrition combination makes flaxseeds a cardioprotective food. To make a flax egg, mix 1 tablespoon ground flax with 3 tablespoons hot water. Combine with a whisk or fork and let the combination sit. As the flax egg cools, it will congeal a bit and resemble the texture of egg whites.
Bananas help to add sweetness, while also providing potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6. Feel free to use ripe or extra ripe bananas for this recipe. The more ripe, the more moist your bread will be! Either way, bananas are the perfect addition to round out this recipe.
The simple spices in this recipe include cinnamon and nutmeg. These common yet powerful spices have strong nourishing properties! Did you know that cinnamon has the ability to regulate blood sugar? Did you know that both cinnamon and nutmeg have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties? Spices are jam-packed with nutrition in such small volumes!
Feel free to experiment with different nuts in this recipe: pecans, walnuts, or even pistachios! You may like to add 1 cup of dried cranberries, raisins, or chopped dates for some extra sweetness and chewy texture, while also adding a serving of fruit! We love getting creative in the kitchen, so let us know what you think of our cozy bread!
Cozy Almond Oat Banana Bread
4 medium ripe bananas
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup whole almonds
2 flax “eggs” (2 Tbsp. ground flaxseeds with 6 Tbsp. hot water, combined until gel-like)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat over to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Combine all ingredients into a blender and combine until smooth. Pour batter into the pan.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the center is cooked entirely and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.