Whole Wheat Oatmeal Banana Bread

A healthier banana bread recipe, using whole wheat flour and old fashioned oatmeal! The perfect breakfast or snack bread!

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Banana Bread Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a while, waiting for the best time to share it. Given that today is national banana bread day, it seems fitting to finally share it. It’s kind of weird there are so many food holidays. And obviously they’re not real holidays but just fun excuses to celebrate something. There’s seriously one for everything. Even recently… national drink wine day which clearly so many of you were thankful for the reminder shared to Instagram and Facebook. I need to find out if there’s an ‘eat cookie dough’ or ‘eat a cookie’ day because those would be right up there at the top of my favorites, at least this week.

But this bread… it’s perfect for today. Why? Besides the fact that today is national banana bread day, which means you should totally be celebrating and whipping up a loaf today or this week and enjoying for breakfast and snack… Because it’s a healthier banana bread, using whole wheat flour and oatmeal!

It’s a fun change-up from the usual. Seriously, it vanished here. Super flavorful and easy to make. No special equipment is required to prepare this, just a bowl and a spoon or whisk. So what are you waiting for? You need this healthier whole wheat oatmeal banana bread in your life asap.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Banana Bread Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Yield: 1: 9-inch loaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50-55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Banana Bread

A healthier banana bread recipe, using whole wheat flour and old fashioned oatmeal!


1/2C applesauce
1/2C granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2C bananas, mashed
1C white whole wheat flour
1C all purpose flour
1C old fashioned oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tp salt


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, combine wet ingredients. In a second medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. Slowly mix dry mixture into the wet. Whisk until ingredients are fully incorporated and no streaks remain. Pour batter into a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Lightly sprinkle with additional oats if desired. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely before slicing. Store in an airtight container. Serve with your favorite jams and spreads.

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26 Responses to “Whole Wheat Oatmeal Banana Bread”

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    Tieghan — February 23, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I love a good banana bread recipe and adding oatmeal sounds awesome. Happy national banana bread day!

    • Rachel — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:25 am

      Thanks Tieghan :)

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — February 23, 2014 at 10:13 am

    What a great healthy change to banana bread. Glad I’m not the only one observing today’s holiday :-) I sadly didn’t drink any wine on National drink wine day – but I did have beer.

    • Rachel — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:37 am

      Yay for bread buddies :)

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — February 23, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Why do I never know about these random holidays? It’s like everyone else has a special calendar that I know nothing about!

    This bread looks fabulous for any day of the year! Can wait to try it out! Love the use of applesauce.

    • Rachel — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:37 am

      I almost always miss most of them so don’t feel bad :)

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    Emily @ Life on Food — February 23, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I am all for an eat cookie dough day. I made banana bread last weekend. I am going to say I was ahead of the game on that one. Your oatmeal loaf looks gorgeous!

    • Rachel — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:39 am

      Thanks Emily :)

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    suzy — February 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Great for kids and school

    • Rachel — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:39 am

      Enjoy! :)

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — February 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Banana bread is such a comforting classic. Love this healthier version!

    • Rachel — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:39 am

      Thanks Marie :)

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 24, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I LOVE that this is whole wheat and has oatmeal! My hubby is way obsessed with banana bread so I always need new ways to switch it up. He has this weird phobia of eating ANYTHING twice. Too bad he’s married to food blogger who tests recipes 1 billion times ;)

    • Rachel — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:40 am

      He’ll love it then :)

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — February 24, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Ahhh, this bread looks so good. Those nooks and crannies are calling out to me. Pinned and shared.

    • Rachel — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:40 am

      Thanks Jennie :)

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — February 24, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Love the oats and whole wheat in this banana bread!

    • Rachel — February 24th, 2014 @ 11:40 am

      Thanks Kevin! :)

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — February 24, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    This will totally be baking in my oven very soon! Love it!

    • Rachel — February 25th, 2014 @ 7:40 am

      Thanks Jennifer :) Enjoy!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — February 25, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I love fun food holidays…that reminds me I need to see what’s coming up this next month, so I can “celebrate”! This banana bread looks amazing with the oats and whole wheat. I even have ripe bananas on my counter right now!

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — March 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Interesting bread, it looks great with oats:)

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    Sarah — July 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    This bread is in my oven right now! I’m allergic to apples so I used coconut oil instead and used half brown sugar. I licked the bowl clean and am excited for my finished product!

    • Rachel — July 10th, 2014 @ 7:02 pm

      I hope you enjoyed it! :)

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    megan — October 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Really good! I added choc. chips!

    • Rachel — October 10th, 2014 @ 8:22 am

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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