Oatmeal Banana Crumble Loaf

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The one thing I really remember my Mom baking when I was a child was banana bread and she never used a recipe, she just kind of threw it all together and it always came out perfectly. Today I took inspiration from her and decided to grab my overripe bananas and just have some fun in the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a total novice in the kitchen and I do have a general sense of quantities when it comes to baking but for the most part I just kind of felt it out as to what seemed right. It turned out great I think, very moist and chock full of banana flavour. So why not have some fun in the kitchen yourself? Grab some ingredients and experiment a bit, and if you aren’t feeling risky today, you can try out my Oatmeal Banana Crumble Loaf for yourself. Let me know what you think, or feel free to share your experiments with us!

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Oatmeal Banana Crumble Loaf:

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1.5 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup melted butter (salted)

1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)

3 ripe banans mashed

2 eggs beaten

1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F

I combined the dry ingredients first in a large bowl and then although the technical way to make a recipe would have you beat the wet ingredients separately, I am lazy and love one bowl recipes so I added the wet ingredients into the dry and just mixed it all up. It came out just fine! Pour into greased (I used cooking spray) 9x5x2.5 loaf pan and set aside while preparing the crumble topping.

Crumble Topping:

1/8 cup butter (again I used salted)

2 Tbsp sugar

3 Tbsp all purpose flour

3 Tbsp quick cooking oats

Blend all crumble ingredients together (using your clean hands is the best way) and pour evenly over top of batter and pop in the oven for 45 min. With a moist banana bread like this it’s often hard to tell if it’s cooked through, as a toothpick will not come out dry and you don’t want it to. For me I just looked for golden edges and a firm top. My crumble topping was kind of pale in colour, so I broiled the top for a minute or two. Should serve 8 very generous slices, but I ate almost half of it myself on the first day…oops!