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January is National Oatmeal Month: Blueberry banana oat bread recipe

blueberrybread012012_optBY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
Did you know the best way to start your body's engines in the morning is with a bowl of oatmeal? It is the perfect way to start a day of healthy eating, providing over half of the daily value for those hard-to-find omega-3 fatty acids, as well as 109 percent of the daily value for manganese.

In the month of January, National Oatmeal Month, more oatmeal is eaten than any other time of the year - but oatmeal is not just for breakfast. One of the favorite ways to eat oatmeal is in the form of a sweet cookie, which has been a favorite for many cookie lovers. And, Oatmeal Bread is also a favorite way to eat oatmeal.

To help celebrate this occasion, Driscoll’s®, the nation’s leading provider of fresh berries, posted survey questions on its Facebook page to determine exactly what people think of their oatmeal. Not surprisingly, 66 percent of those who responded indicated that they eat oatmeal because “it’s nutritious and powers my morning,” while 40 percent said that eating oatmeal “makes me feel like I can keep up with my kids.”

Here is the first of two delicious and nutritious oatmeal recipes courtesy of Driscoll’s®. Driscoll’s Triple Berry Oat Scones recipe will be published tomorrow.

Blueberry Banana Oat Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Makes 12 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice per serving

Banana bread, a perennial favorite, gets a boost by adding rolled oats, which give it texture, a nutty flavor and loads of nutrients; blueberries, a super food bursting with antioxidants, bring sweet tang and moistness.

  • 1 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana, about 2 medium
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 pkgs. (6 oz each) Driscoll’s Blueberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 9” x 5” loaf pan with cooking spray and dust lightly with flour.
  2. Whisk buttermilk, eggs, banana, sugar and oil in a large bowl until well blended.
  3. Combine flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl. Stir into wet ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  4. Gently fold in blueberries. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake about 1 hour, or until browned and a pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

Nutrition Per Serving: 254 calories, 7.85g total fat, 0.87g saturated fat, 5.27g protein, 41.53g carbohydrate, 36.07mg cholesterol, 2.44g fiber, 240mg sodium

For the latest food and restaurant news and seasonal recipes, visit me at Shore Region Food Examiner, Shore Region Restaurant Examiner and TastefuLiving.net.

 

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