Gingerbread Banana Bread (Oat Flour)

In the spirit of the holiday season, here is a delicious banana bread recipe but this one comes with some holiday flavors! I wanted to make a special banana bread that blended in the winter spices and flavors of gingerbread.

The addition of molasses, ginger, allspice, and the Wild Friends gingerbread peanut butter makes this banana bread extra special. If you don’t have that flavor peanut butter feel free to sub in regular peanut butter or almond butter and just add a few extra shakes of the spices. I also made this with oat flour – if you are gluten free make sure to check that your oats are certified gluten free! This bread comes together super easily and makes a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert! 

Tip: Oat Flour

  • Oat flour can be easily be made by whizzing up rolled oats in a blender if you don’t have the flour on hand. Simple run the oats until they are a fine flour.
  • If the recipe calls for 2 cups of flour blend 2 cups of oats.

I love topping it with some extra peanut butter! Feel free to add in your favorites mix-ins into the batter to make it extra special- dark chocolate chips or walnuts would be great in this!


Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp allspice 

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 bananas 
  • 1 ½ tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tbsp gingerbread Wild Friends peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp flax meal mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. 
  2. In a small little bowl/mixing saucer mix your ground flax meal with water, set aside for a few minutes to allow it to thicken. 
  3. In a large bowl mix your dry ingredients together : oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. 
  4. In a separate bowl mash your bananas. Then add in flax mixture, egg, molasses, peanut butter, vanilla, and coconut oil (melted). After well combined using a hand mixer, add in the coconut sugar. Mix again. 
  5. Then add in your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients. Using a hand mixer just until well combined, do not over mix. 
  6. If you’d like to add in any additional fun ingredients like chocolate chips, walnuts, cranberries- fold them in at this point. 
  7. Then add the batter to your lined loaf pan and bake for 45- 50 minutes, until the toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing. This bread is pretty moist and I recommend storing in the refrigerator. 

Tip: If you only have plain peanut butter that is fine, just increase slightly the spices. 

Almond Banana Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Oat Mug Muffin

Raise your hand if you are ready for a delicious 5 minute recipe!!! I’m all about being efficient in the mornings and getting the most done with my time BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a delicious breakfast! AND that’s where this mug muffin comes in! I’ve seen many recipes for mug muffins/mug cakes but so many of them are full of ingredients that I know will leave me feeling sluggish and have minimal nutrients.

I set out to make a healthier mug muffin that can be enjoyed as a healthy breakfast but that can also be dressed up to satisfy a sweet tooth craving! I also polled on my Instagram for flavor combination requests and chocolate was a clear winner so that inspired me to make this almond-banana-sea salt-chocolate chip oat muffin! 

I loved how quickly this came together and how versatile I know this recipe can be. I plan on making more with fun combinations and also a mug muffin with a plant based protein powder – stay tuned! PLUS this may be the best part – it can all be mad in just one mug – that’s just one dirty dish to clean! If that’s not a sure win, I don’t know what is!

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Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey/maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips
  • pinch of flaky sea salt

Directions

  1. Spray your mug with nonstick spray. 
  2. Mash the banana in the mug and then add the egg white.
  3. Give it a good whip with a fork.
  4. Add in the rest of the ingredients and give it a good mix. 
  5. Microwave for 2 minutes, at 30 second intervals. You will know it is ready when you see the sides pull away from the mug. 
  6. Top with a pinch of sea salt.
  7. Eat it straight out the mug or flip it on to a plate.
  8. Add your additional toppings! I topped mine with almond butter, greek yogurt, almond slices and banana slices! 

Notes

  1. A wide set mug works best for this recipe. 
  2. Best enjoyed the day that it’s made!
  3. I opted for just the egg white in this recipe because I didn’t want it to taste too “eggy” but it would still turn out if you use the entire egg. 
  4. If you don’t have quick oats, you can just pulse your rolled/old fashioned oats in a blender/food processor for a few seconds – no need to make them into an oat flour for this. 

Creamy Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats (ONOs) are nothing new around here. I first started making them while I was in college. They were the perfect breakfast to prep ahead of time and that I could easily grab on my way out and even enjoy while in class (yes of course, while voraciously taking notes)! My oats recipe back then was made up of your common ONO ingredients: oats, chia seeds, almond milk, fruit, nut butter. Nothing wrong with that but since then I have had MANY servings of overnight oats and I think I have perfected this recipe so I’m so pumped to share my go-to base recipe!

These ONOs are so creamy, taste indulgent, so versatile AND they are protein packed so they actually leave you satisfied and full until your next meal comes around! Because of its high protein it makes the perfect breakfast after a morning workout. The protein from the yogurt and powder along with the carbs from the oats and fruit also make for great fuel for a busy afternoon! Since most protein powders have a sweet flavor to them (usually from monk fruit or stevia extract) I find that the protein plus the banana that is mixed in makes these sweet enough without adding in any additional sweetener like honey or maple syrup.

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I love topping my oats with nut butter and fruit! My favorite nut butter is absolutely WILD FRIENDS – it is a must if you’re looking for the best drizzle and for pure, clean ingredients in every jar! Adding granola on top of ONOs is also delicious and adds a great textural element. These are some great combos:

  1. Banana, hemp seeds, and cacao nibs
  2. Blueberries/mixed berries, sliced almonds, and almond butter
  3. Mango and unsweetened coconut shreds
  4. Apples, raisins, and nut butter
  5. Dark cherries and almond butter
  6. Kiwi, hemp seeds, and peanut butter
  7. Caramelized banana and extra cinnamon 
  8. REALLY ANYTHING PLUS NUT BUTTER 🙂

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Ingredients 

serves 1; base overnight oats recipe 

– 1/3 c rolled oats
– 1 tsp chia seeds
– 1 scoop plant based protein
– few shakes of cinnamon
– 1 cup almond milk
– 1/3 – 1/2 of a banana – mashed
– 1/3 c plain greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together except for the Greek yogurt and let it sit in the fridge overnight in a mason jar/tuppeware/almost empty jar of nut butter.
    1. You can also make it early in the morning and have it chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  2. Once you’re ready to eat, top it with the greek yogurt and additional toppings like fruits and nut butters! 
    1. If you’ll be enjoying this on the go you can add your yogurt and fruit/toppings the night before, just don’t mix it in!

Notes

  1. Overnight oats can also be prepped in advance and can last at least 3 days in the fridge!
  2. I don’t have the complete nutritional breakdown but this oats recipe packs around 25g of protein that will keep you satisfied all morning long!
  3. To caramelize a banana, slice it in half lengthwise and sprinkle that side with cinnamon. Place it on a preheated skillet that has been sprayed with coconut oil and place it cut side down for a few minutes. You’ll notice it begins to smell sweet as it caramelizes and browns!