I’ve had these bananas sitting on my counter for several days:
I’ve seen this sitting on grocery store shelves for months, but have never really looked twice at it:
I’m not sure if I was subliminally thinking of these Peanut Butter Oat Bran Muffins that Gracie posted a few days ago or what…but I swear that little box all but jumped into my cart last night while we were at the grocery store. To be honest, when I scanned that box at the checkout I really had no idea what oat bran was….I mean, I knew in a general sense, but I certainly had no intention of adding it to my dietary repertoire. Well I’ve got news for you friends… I think I may be in love.
Since I’m always looking for new banana bread recipes, I decided this would be the perfect time to do a little experiment. But first I had to do a little googling to determine exactly how you use oat bran when baking.
I saw several recipes that totally replaced flour with oat bran.
I wasn’t quite ready for that.
I decided to go halvsies.
I mixed my wet ingredients (plus and egg and some milk):
With my dry ingredients:
And tossed in some chocolate chips for good measure:
I stirred (but not too much!), scooped and baked….and out popped some beautiful muffins!
I purposely didn’t mash up my bananas all the way because I like the chunks.
I have to admit I was surprised by how well these came out. They were moist, but not overly moist and the oat bran adds a nice texture. The banana and cinnamon shine through, and there was just enough chocolate chips to add a bit of chocolatey goodness to each muffin!
Honey Oat Bran Banana Bread
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 20 min muffins, 45 min loaf
Keywords: bake bread snack side healthy vegetarian greek yogurt banana oat bran
Ingredients (1 loaf or 18 muffins)
- 1 1/4 c white whole wheat flour
- 1 c oat bran
- 1/4 c brown sugar, not packed
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2-3 mashed bananas
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 c skim milk
- 1/4 c honey
- 1/2 c nonfat Chobani Greek yogurt
- 1/2 c chocolate chips (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another.
3. Add the wet to the dry and stir until just combined. Add the chocolate chips.
4. Scoop the mixture into greased or lined muffin tins or a loaf pan and bake approximately 20 minutes for muffins or 45 minutes for a loaf.
Notes- Optional mix-ins include fresh cranberries & chopped almonds, or some chocolate chips!
Enjoy your muffins…
Or your bread
So tell me, have you ever tried oat bran? What’s your favorite way to use it?