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Oatmeal Applesauce Banana Bread

Oatmeal Applesauce Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf
Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

1½ cups whole wheat flour – stock
1 cup rolled oats – stock
1½ teaspoons baking powder – stock
¾-teaspoon baking soda – stock
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon – stock
¾-teaspoon salt – stock
1 heaping cup of mashed bananas (about 3 medium bananas) – $1.06
¼-cup honey – stock
1/3 cup applesauce – $2.49
1 teaspoon vanilla – stock
1 large egg – stock
¾-cup milk – stock
Optional toppings:
Pumpkin seeds, crumbled walnuts, oats, sliced bananas, and/or ½ teaspoon brown sugar
Grand total assuming “well-stocked” kitchen: $3.55

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. (depending on whether you use a glass or metal loaf pan you’ll need to adjust baking time, which is mentioned below).

2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining wet ingredients.

4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon until just combined.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with any combination of the optional toppings (or none at all). If using a metal loaf pan, bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If using a glass loaf pan, bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

6. Cool on a wire rack then divide into roughly 12 slices. Keep bread sealed or tightly wrapped so it doesn’t dry out.