Banana Bread with Oatmeal and Walnuts!

Banana Bread with Steel Cut Oats and Walnuts

While preparing for a possible storm heading towards the Charleston, SC area I was trying to use up ingredients so that we wouldn’t be wasting them if we lost power. I had bananas, white wheat flour in the freezer, walnuts, eggs… hmmm… I also had some steel cut oats that I needed to use. I found a recipe for banana bread with oatmeal. I looked for a recipe specifically with oatmeal because I thought that would  keep us full longer if we did lose power. (We did not, Charleston was OK during the storm). I found one on – I always have luck with Cooking Light recipes, and this one was no different.  I always read through comments of a recipe before making it. You get some good feedback and some great suggestions at modifications. I changed a few things to make it less sweet, less (oil) fat, with more protein (nuts, which is fat, but good fat). This was really good, I was thrilled that I could use the steel cut oats for this bread. I will definitely make this again!

Visually, I think the few regular oats sprinkled on top before baking with a pinch or two of course sugar makes it so pretty!

To print the recipe below, click HERE – to see the original recipe from my (prior to the modifications), click HERE.

Banana Bread with Steel Cut Oats and Walnuts

Serves 10 people


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 cup oatmeal (I use Steel Cut)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 cup white wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½-1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1-2 tablespoon regular oatmeal
  • ¼-½ teaspoon turbinado sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350℉, grease 9×5” loaf pan.
  2. In large bowl combine brown sugar, canola oil, applesauce and eggs.
  3. In another bowl combine  bananas, oats and milk. Add to brown sugar mixture (above).
  4. In large bowl combine unbleached flour, white wheat flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix together, and then add to brown sugar banana mixture. Stir in walnuts.
  5. Pour mixture into loaf pan, sprinkle with oatmeal and a few pinches of turbinado (Sugar in the Raw) sugar.
  6. Bake for approximately 1 hour 10 minutes (keep checking – I baked mine on convection and it was ready in 55 minutes) – bake until you can insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
  7. Cool & slice.


After this cools I slice, wrap in waxed paper and drop into a freezer bag. It’s nice to have individual slices to grab when you’re in a hurry!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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