banana bread with oat crumble

banana breadI love it when food is tied to memories. When the smell wafts through the house or you take a bite and are flooded with reminders of another time or place. I have many fond memories associated with certain foods. Baked macaroni and cheese reminds me of childhood, ebelskivers of my grandparents and family vacations to the mountains, falafels bring memories of my brother and a summer trip to Seattle, vanilla soy mistos take me back to our honeymoon in Hawaii and german pancakes of being pregnant with Everly.recipeBanana bread also brings one of those take-me-back moments. Whenever I see, smell or make banana bread I am filled with fond memories of college and my dear friend Shirley. Shirley was a mom-away-from-home to many during our time away at school. Her home was always open, she was constantly available for a listening ear or a much needed mom hug. Someone to laugh and cry with, and someone to pray with. She had a way of making you feel so loved and cared for and was a sense of calm when everything felt crazy. Shirley was and is today, a very good friend. One of the ways Shirley chose to bless us was through gifting her mom’s special banana bread. She would pass out mini loaves at one of our bible studies or leader meetings. It was always such a gift to have a tasty homemade treat.jarsTo date this is my favorite banana bread. Feeling a bit adventurous this weekend and inspired by a failed recipe I had made a while ago, I wanted to switch things up and add an oat crumble to this already delicious treat. And I have to tell you, it resulted in something wonderful!spoon in drymixing

Banana Bread with Oat Crumble
Shirley’s mom’s recipe with a slight modification


1/2 c butter – softened
1 1/4 c sugar
2 eggs
3 or 4 very ripe smashed bananas
1/2 c buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt

oat crumble

1/4 c rolled oats
1/4 c brown sugar
2 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1 T chilled butter

Preheat oven to 350. Cream together butter and sugar. Incorporate eggs into mixture and add mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients, once combined slowly incorporate into wet ingredients. Mix until just incorporated – do not over mix batter.

Prepare topping in a seprate bowl – I use the same bowl I used for the dry ingredients – combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Once combine, cut in chilled butter and mix until butter is the size of small peas. Once your topping is ready grease only the bottom of a large loaf pan. Fill the pan with half of the batter, sprinkle half of the oat crumble evenly over batter, add the remaining batter and top with remaining crumble.

Bake at 350 for an 1 hour and 15 minutes (begin checking for doneness after 1 hour). Let bread cool in pan for 5 minutes then remove and place on rack to finish cooling.


we may have eaten half the loaf before I could snap all my pictures...

mmm…two slices w-cream cheeseTrue confessions – my favorite way to eat banana bread is with a smattering of cream cheese. So figure friendly, but who cares!


2 thoughts on “banana bread with oat crumble

  1. Me too – I’ve written a few recipes that have been tied to memories. I always love making them. This recipe looks great, I adore the addition of oats – I shall have to try it next time I have a go at banana bread.


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