banana-walnut yogurt quickbread {& overnight oats}

 Sometimes you have a long explanation on why you made a certain recipe, other times it's strictly due to the fact that you had bananas about to see their last days.
I. don't. like. to. waste. food. Ever.
I meant to bake this banana bread back when I made this beauty, so you can only imagine how much
more ripe (and mushy/brown) they have become since then.
It was now or never, and I wasn't settling for never.
P.S.- you should know that "now" was about 12:30 am. It's pretty much a given at this point that I will bake at all hours of the night. My family knows this all too well, especially around the holidays.
(to paint a picture; it's 4 am, Christmas Eve's Eve, I'm covered in flour wearing my Santa apron, all kinds of cookie doughs are making their rotations through the oven, to the cooling
racks, and on the platters, piping bags are multiplying by the minute, I start to talk to
myself, family agrees I am nuts, but commends me on my dedication
and yummy decorative treats.)
Any who, these bananas turned out to be the perfect ripeness for this banana bread.
And let me just tell warn you, this quickbread is addicting.
I initially had three very ripe bananas, but I used one to make overnight oats last night. In retrospect, that is the best decision I could've made within the last 24 hours (well that, and making the banana bread), because now I can crumble my banana bread over my overnight oats for a
 delish breakfast!

banana-walnut yogurt quickbread
I'm the kind of person that has to have chocolate on a daily basis, even if it's just one piece of dark chocolate. The fact that I can satisfy that craving in this moist, nutty, banana bread is a huge plus! With substitutes like unsweetened applesauce, agave nectar, and no butter, this is a healthier option for those who like to switch up their morning breakfasts.

Yield: 1 loaf


3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/4 cup of Sucanat, or brown sugar
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups of plain low fat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (chop first, then measure)
1/2 cup mini dark/semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Chop walnuts, mash bananas, measure out Greek yogurt, and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients:
baking powder
baking soda
kosher salt
and mix together well
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the wet ingredients:
Sucanat (or brown sugar)
agave nectar
vanilla extract
vegetable oil
unsweetened applesauce
and whisk together well
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Using a rubber spatula (not a whisk), mix together until combined. The dough will be thick, but try not to over-work it.
Fold in the yogurt just until the dough becomes a bit looser. Again, try not to over-work it.
Lastly, fold in mashed banana, walnuts, and mini chocolate chips.
Pour into loaf pan, even out the top with the rubber spatula, and bake for 50 minutes on the middle rack, or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

quickbreads are too delicious for their own good!

Rolled oats are always in my kitchen. I try to eat them once a week, but that doesn't always happen. It's a shame because they are so good for you. I like oatmeal, but I really have to be in the mood for it to enjoy it. And during the summer,
I'm more likely to go for cold cereal rather than warm oatmeal. For this reason,
I was pleasantly surprised when I learned about cold overnight oats. In addition to the health benefits of oats, you can add in ground flaxseeds or chia seeds to boost the nutritional value even further, which also help to thicken up your oats.
You start with ingredients that you mix together overnight, and let sit in the fridge to soak up and thicken. In the morning, you add your toppings and stir together.
It's great because you can adapt these to be vegan as well. Not to mention, your toppings and flavor combos are endless!
This morning I decided to add:
agave nectar
slice strawberries
the aforementioned banana bread, crumbled
Other options you could add:
different fresh fruit
dried fruit
your favorite smoothie stirred in
nut butters
wheat germ
maple syrup
healthy muffins, crumbled

cold overnight oats with fresh berries

Yield: 1 serving
ingredients + steps:

add to bowl at night & mix

1 ripe banana, peeled & mashed
1/3 cup of rolled oats
3/4 to 1 cup of the milk of your choice
1 to 2 tbsp of chia seeds or ground flaxseeds
1/4 tsp pure vanilla exract

in the morning add your toppings

drizzle of agave nectar
crumbled banana bread

Enjoy with a cup of green tea (and
re-use your green tea bags!!)
 *recipe lightly adapted from Oh She Glows


What do you like to add to your cold overnight oats?


  1. I'm so glad your my child, your amazing lol! No wonder why this morning you wanted to continue our phone convo another time and eat your 'breakfast'! I can see what you had waiting for you!! ;P