Okay so I have to admit it…I suck at golf. I’m not that disappointed I didn’t do well with a club and a golf ball. So what if I only tried it once, and okay I only did 3 holes. But then, something amazing happened. I became best buds with the golf cart and a nicely camouflaged little beverage that looked like water. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard about the high golfers get when connecting the club with the golf ball. The thrill of watching their ball soar through the sky and bouncing on the green exactly where they’d anticipated. I get that high too…except it’s when I crack eggs, mix it with some flour and use retired looking bananas to make the most perfect banana loaf.
Now mini golfing – there’s a game! Obstacles in your way built of miniature windmills, little burbling streams, and fake itty bitty building skylines. Now we’re talking. Keeping score is for suckers, whoever gets the ball in with the craziest shot is way more fun. Golfing and baking kinda go hand in hand. They relieve stress, they’re hobbies, they bring you joy and excitement. Wack the golf ball as hard as you can and the tension melts, or crack a couple of eggs, use your mixer and feel the satisfaction of it all whipping into something glorious. Kinda the same, yes? Just me then…alright.
So I have to admit something else. This banana bread, it’s not my regular recipe. I wanted to try a new one because I was getting a little bored of the same version over and over. How different can one banana bread recipe be from the next? Do me a favour and google “banana bread recipe” and you’ll feel the love on the banana bread front. There’s SO MANY! Who’da thought? But when I saw this one called for oats and it was low fat, I was sold. I love oats and was open to trying something new. Kinda like trying a new sport with a golf club or something….
The smell of banana bread baking has to be in the top 10 of best smelling things ever. Those of you who like the smell of gasoline, or fresh cut grass, you get one free pass. None of us could wait to sink our teeth into this loaf with good reason. It was delicious. The oats add a nice density and chewiness factor, and a double bonus of being low fat. Score! I’ve made plenty of banana bread loaves and I think I’m happy with this switch up. Truth be told, it’s inspired me to try out this golf gig again. See ya on the green…with a slice banana bread.
LOW FAT OATMEAL WALNUT BANANA BREAD
Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker
Yields: 1 loaf
1 – 1/4 Cup whole wheat flour
1/2 Cup packed brown sugar
1/2 Tsp salt
1/2 Tsp baking soda
1/2 Tsp baking powder
1 Tsp cinnamon
3 Tsp canola or walnut oil
1 Large egg, beaten
2 Medium egg whites, beaten
3 Large bananas, ripe
1/2 Cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 Cup uncooked old fashioned oats
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a loaf pan and set aside.
2 – In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients including the oats and cinnamon.
3 – In a smaller bowl, mash bananas with a potato masher or fork. Add oil and whole egg and mix thoroughly.
4 – Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. FYI, batter will be very thick, ya didn’t mess up!
5 – In a medium sized bowl, with an electric hand mixer, beat the egg whites until medium stiff peaks form.
6 – Fold the egg whites into the batter in three additions. The batter will be much smoother now, success! Add walnuts if using.
7 – Pour batter into pan and bake until top of loaf is firm to touch, 45 to 50 minutes.
8 – Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Flip out and cool on a wire rack for another 10 minutes. Slice it up and hoover a couple down because you can.