This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe is the perfect combination of comforting and hearty. Make this banana oat bread with oat flour, bananas and, of course, chocolate chips.
Make a Hearty oatmeal banana bread with chocolate chips
This might just be the best banana bread recipe ever. It is super easy to make and is so comforting. It can be naturally gluten free because it is made with oat flour so just be sure to buy gluten free oats.
Stir the rolled oats and oat flour with mashed bananas and a few other ingredients to make a healthy and delicious oatmeal banana bread. I love to serve a slice of this warm for breakfast with a cup of coffee.
Make this oatmeal banana bread into muffins for the perfect meal prep additions. Enjoy the muffins all week long as a mid morning snack or afternoon pick me up!
What is oat flour? Can I make oat flour at home?
Oat flour is just rolled oats that have been ground down into flour. You can buy oat flour at the grocery store or make it at home from rolled oats.
To make your own oat flour at home put rolled oats in a blender and blend. Bled until a smooth flour remains.
Depending on what texture you are looking for you can keep the flour more coarse or grind into a smooth flour.
Then you can use your homemade oat flour to make this oatmeal banana bread or other oat based recipes! Try these other recipes made with oat flour!
What kitchen tools will I need to make this oat flour banana bread?
- Loaf pan or muffin tin
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Liquid measuring cup
- Whisk and spatula for mixing
- Mixing bowls
- Cooking spray or parchment paper for lining loaf pan
What if my bananas aren’t ripe? You can ripen bananas in the oven!
There is nothing worse than waiting for your bananas to ripen so that you can make a loaf of banana bread. Luckily there is a trick that will help you get ripe bananas in 15 minutes.
To ripen bananas quickly, preheat your oven to 300F and place bananas in their peel on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-20 minutes at 300F and remove from the oven as soon as the peel turns black.
Allow the bananas to cool slightly. Then, peel the bananas and use them in your recipe!
You will be amazed at how easy it is to make this oatmeal banana bread with a few basic ingredients that you have at home.
- Large eggs
- Ripe bananas
- Vegetable oil – I like to use coconut oil or avocado oil
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Oat flour – You can make your own in the blender with old fashioned oats or quick oats
- Rolled oats
- Chocolate chips
If you would like, you can swap out the oil for melted butter. You can use salted butter or unsalted butter, but if you use salted butter, just omit the kosher salt to reduce the sodium.
Make this oatmeal banana bread vegan by using flax eggs instead of regular eggs. Mix ground flax with water and use this gel mixture in place of eggs.
You can make a healthy trail mix style banana bread by mixing nuts, dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips into the oatmeal banana bread batter. That would be a great recipe for breakfast on the go!
Let’s make some Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!
Step 1: Prepare batter
To begin, preheat the oven to 350F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or grease with oil. Then, mash the ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl with a potato mashed or the back of a fork.
Then, fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients and fold in chocolate chips.
Step 2: Pour into loaf pan
Next, grease a loaf pan or line with parchment paper. Pour the oatmeal banana bread batter into the loaf pan. Top with additional chocolate chips, oats, and a sprinkle of brown sugar to get a glistening top.
Step 3: Bake and cool
Then, place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Check that the loaf is completely cooked through by inserting a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, the banana bread is cooked through.
Allow the loaf to cool completely to room temperature. Remove from the loaf pan, slice into about inch thick slices and enjoy!
Can I make this banana oat bread into muffins instead of a loaf?
Yes! It is so easy to make these into little oatmeal chocolate chip banana bread muffins. Just follow the recipe to make the batter.
Then, pour into lined muffins tins and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Check that the muffins are fully cooked through by inserting a toothpick into the middle.
Allow them to cool completely prior to enjoying! Muffins are great for breakfast on the go or an afternoon snack.
How to serve
My favorite way to serve this oatmeal banana bread is warmed with a slab of creamy butter spread on top. I also like to sprinkle a bit of flakey sea salt on top of the butter.
To add some extra protein and fiber to this healthy snack, slather a slice with almond butter or peanut butter and top with berries. This banana oat bread tastes delicious with any kind of coffee or tea. I like to have a slice in the afternoon with a cup of tea for a pick me up!
storage, reheating and freezing
I personally store this banana bread in the refrigerator. I like to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to preserve the flavor. It should be good in the fridge for up to 7 days.
I like to remove it from the fridge and slice. Then, I reheat each slice in the toaster oven and top with a little butter, peanut butter or greek yogurt.
You can freeze this oatmeal banana bread for up to 3 months. I like to slice into individual slices before freezing so I can defrost them one at a time.
Check out these other healthy baked good recipes
- Grain Free Chew Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 5 Ingredient Cookie Dough Bites
- Mini Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
- White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
You can find the full recipe below. If you make this recipe, please rate and review it in the comments, or share it with me on Instagram!
Images by Ella from Alpine Ella.
- 2 eggs
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used avocado)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1.5 cups oat flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips + more to top
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or grease with oil
- Mash ripe bananas in a large bowl with a potato mashed or the back of a fork
- Whisk in the eggs, oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract
- In a separate bowl combine oat flour, rolled oats, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
- Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients
- Fold in chocolate chips
- Pour into the loaf pan and top with additional chocolate chips, oats, and a sprinkle of sugar to get a glistening top
- Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes
- Allow the loaf to cool completely and then slice into slices and enjoy!
** If you want to make these into muffins, follow the directions above to make the batter and then pour into muffin cups and bake at 350F for 30 minutes