Did you know that February 23 was National Banana Bread Day? If you’re like me, you love banana bread, but the prospect of banana bread having it’s own national holiday sounds a little absurd. Who dreams up this stuff? As absurd as it may sound, I decided to make this Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Bread for the occasion. This is a food blog, which means I have a certain obligation to fully embrace these food-type holidays. Really, it’s just another excuse to mash up some overripe bananas, bake some bread, and enjoy it. Isn’t that what life’s all about? Plus, my house smells awesome.
I really wanted to make a banana bread that was a little different this time. I always love incorporating oatmeal into baked goods for it’s nutty, wholesome flavor. I came across a recipe for Deliciously Light Banana Oat Bread on the Mom Advice blog. I loved this recipe instantly, because it didn’t call for a whopping 1 cup of sugar! I just don’t believe breads need that much sugar to taste good. It’s overkill. It’s like pouring sugar over Frosted Flakes or something. Just…not…necessary. I’m done with my sugar spiel. I substituted half of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour, which is typical of me. I also added fresh blueberries because I had them, and why not???
This bread is great for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. Pack in your kids’ lunches and they’ll be in heaven. They’re guaranteed to like it better than packaged granola bars, crackers, or chips. Really, they will. I’m so glad I decided to bake this bread. Bake some, too! It may not officially be National Banana Bread anymore, but it doesn’t have to be to enjoy banana bread, now does it?