Guys, it's taking all my willpower not to title this post "Star-Spangled BANANNER Bread." Everything I know about SEO is telling me that I really, really shouldn't, but everything I know about puns is telling me that I really, really should. Practicality wins again.
Speaking of practicality, this recipe is oozing with it. Ok, maybe not the banana stars (which are excruciating to cut out, but make for an oh-so-festive touch on the Fourth of July), but everything else about it is exceedingly practical. For one, it's full of healthy ingredients that almost no one could argue with, and for another, you make the batter in your blender. That's right, you just dump all the ingredients in the blender and whizz to combine. And hey, if you're short on time, you can skip the banana stars. As my old pal Ben Franklin used to say, "employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure." So he'd understand if you skipped the stars. Nobody's calling you un-patriotic.
Star-Spangled Blueberry Banana Bread
3 ripe bananas, plus 2 more sliced or cut into star shapes for garnish (optional)
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper, and lightly coat with cooking spray.
2. Place bananas, oats, eggs, maple syrup, baking soda, vanilla, and salt into the blender, and blend until just combined. Be careful not to over-blend! Fold in blueberries gently with a rubber spatula.
3. Pour batter into the prepared pan, and arrange banana stars or slices on top. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 35-45 minutes.
4. Let cool in loaf pan for 15 minutes, and then using the edges of the parchment, gently lift the loaf out of the pan and place it on a rack to cool. Cool completely before slicing. Serve with butter, jam, or almond butter.
Recipe adapted from Delish