imageThe other really awesome thing about this bread is it is naturally vegan and gluten free.

You should use ground oatmeal instead of flour (just make sure your oats are certified gluten free if you are making this for someone who is gluten intolerant) and the banana and peanut butter eliminate the need for eggs or butter! You will really love the flavor and the texture that the ground oatmeal brought to this bread. It makes it feel very rustic and comforting. Perfect for a lazy day on the couch with a mug of hot coffee.

This was made be ninja blender. It is more of a food processor/blender hybrid. If you have a regular blender it is probably best to pulverize the oats and then mix everything together in a bowl instead. Though I have not tried it yet, I think a food processor would work well for this recipe. If the recipe is a bit too dry, try adding a few TBSP of water or non-dairy milk. It will be much thicker than a traditional banana bread and I needed no extra moisture, but depending on where you live and the humidity that day, it may be necessary. NOTE: The recipe has been edited based on some reader comments that the bread was too dry.


2½ cups oatmeal (make sure they are certified gluten free if you have a gluten intolerance)
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (3 bananas if they are small, 2 very large bananas)
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup dark brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
non-dairy milk or water (if necessary)
1½ cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips)
banana slices for garnish if desired

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Lightly oil a loaf pan and set aside.
Put oatmeal in a blender or food processor and pulse to a fine crumb.
Add all of the remaining ingredients except the chocolate chips to the blender and blend until combined. You may need to scrape down the sides and then blend again to get completely combined. (it will not be completely smooth. The oatmeal will give it a grainyness and it will be very thick! Much thicker than a traditional banana bread)
If the batter is very crumbly add a few TBSP of water or non-dairy milk to the mixture. You want the batter to be very thick but it should still hold together.
Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Top with remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips and banana slices if desired.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

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