Cranberry Oat Banana Bread

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Ladies. Gents. Children. Toddlers…it’s officially the start. The start of the holiday season.

Are you one of those prepared holiday/early shopper people? I wish I was one of you. I am not. I’m the antithesis.

I’m talking…tree finally goes up a week before Christmas. Gifts ordered two days before Christmas Eve. This, of course, leads to frantic calls to the post office. Passive aggressive conversations with Fedex. Paying a bit more in postage so holiday cards make it on time. Staying up late wrapping. STRESS!

Holiday drama. Lots of it. I think part of me likes it…deep down inside I find it super entertaining. And also, I’m busy working. I dunno. I don’t have time to commit all this time to this holiday, man.

So I wing it. Year after year.

You want to wing the holiday season and still come out successful? I have some professional procrastination tips…

Step 1:

Invest in Amazon Prime. It gives you 2-day shipping FREE! No one said this was cheap.

Step 2:

Prioritize what gifts are actually important and which ones you can get away with slacking off on.

Good example of what to procrastinate on:

I know my dad likes books. I know he likes kitchen stuff. I can get alllll of that on Amazon. Why order it now when I can do it last minute?

Good example of what not to procrastinate on:

Business type cards and gifts. These are important. Now, my dad is important, too..even more important, actually; but he’ll forgive me if his present doesn’t show up. If I don’t send a business holiday card? Just not okay. Awful. There’s no room for error.

Step 3:

Look at your holiday party invites. Sometimes parties get stressful–there’s just too many of them. Figure out which ones you can and want to bake for, and which ones you can get away with buying a bottle of wine for.

I say ones that are total acquaintance type parties…a bottle of wine is perfect. It’s nice. Who cares if you picked it up at Trader Joe’s on the way over and only paid $5!! Seriously, no one cares.

The parties thrown by your besties…those are the ones to cook and bake for.

Cue this slightly tart (hello cranberries!), perfectly textured (you’re cute rolled oats!), moist banana bread creature.

I love it so much.

There are so many good things packed in this loaf pan.

I say this recipe deserves to be doubled. Two loaves!

They’re moist and delicious for FOREVER! Like 3-4 days…maybe even longer, but I wouldn’t know because it didn’t last that long.

This means you can totally bake a few off on Saturday morning and keep them throughout the week, handing them out like Halloween candy.

Also, say you don’t want to bake for anyone…because you don’t have time. Well, that’s cool…I say bake this for yourself then…eat it along side a cup of coffee and figure out your procrastination (or not) game plan.

Cranberry Oat Banana Bread

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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon for dusting pan
1/4 cup rolled oats, plus 1 handful for topping
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup smashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
1 1/2 cup cranberries

1. Pre-heat oven to 325˚F. Lightly grease a 9×5-inch pan and dust with a tablespoon of flour.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3. In a measuring cup, measure out the buttermilk. To the buttermilk, add the vegetable oil and vanilla extract and mix until combined.

4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat eggs, light brown sugar and white sugar together until thick and pale, approximately 3-5 minutes. Mix in smashed banana and buttermilk mixture. In two batches, add flour mixture, mixing until just combined, being sure not to overmix.

5. Fold in cranberries and transfer batter to prepared loaf pan. Top with a handful of rolled oats.

6. Bake quick bread for 1 hour, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Invert bread onto a rack to cool. Cranberry Oatmeal Banana Bread will be moist up to 3-4 days. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap to preserve its freshness.

{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather (Heather's Dish) November 30, 2011 at 4:53 am

i’m SO down with more cranberry recipes…i’m running out and still have too many cranberries in my fridge!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 30, 2011 at 4:56 am

I recently tasted cranberries and just can’t wait to experiment with it more in the kitchen. That bread looks too drool-worthy :)

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Katie November 30, 2011 at 5:06 am

I have to say, I just LOVE your blog! I feel like you’re really just chatting with me, which is a feeling that definitely works for me ;) As for Christmas, we put our tree up about two weeks before the big day. That’s by design, though, because I like to leave it up for a bit into January! And I pretty much shop all year long… I find that I end up getting more thoughtful presents that way!

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Adrianna November 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Compliment of the day! Thank you thank you!!

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kayla @ la cucina del bargello November 30, 2011 at 6:08 am

Perfect timing! I have two bags of fresh cranberries in my fridge and a couple of ripe bananas. I’ll have to bake two loafs because I want to keep one for me!

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Cynthia November 30, 2011 at 6:30 am

I love your posts and photos! And I agree, Amazon Prime is awesome!

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Jessica November 30, 2011 at 7:53 am

I have a ton of leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving that I didn’t use….I know exactly what I will be making with them now!

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Katrina November 30, 2011 at 11:17 am

This bread is so delicious looking! Love it!

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modernworkinggirl November 30, 2011 at 11:46 am

Love cranberries! Haven’t seen them on the shelves in England yet though :(

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Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life November 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm

YuMmY!!! And, I love the bright napkin you placed under the bred in the first photo. Where did you get it?

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Adrianna November 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Anthropologie! It was on sale, too. :)

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Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau November 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Ooo, I like the idea of cranberries cutting the sweetness of the banana in this bread. It looks so touchable with the oats sprinkled on top, too!

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cindy November 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

banana, cranberries, AND oatmeal…win! I just made pear cran muffins, but I think we might need this around the house next week….especially if it snows again, I need carb-fuel for that! I put up my tree already, but since I’m traveling for Christmas, I’m not shopping until I get to my destination…I don’t want to pay those baggage fees!

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Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet November 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm

That looks delicious! Too bad I’m allergic to bananas…seriously a problem :-(

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Adrianna November 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm

This is sad! :(

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Maggie November 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm

this looks like a one of those recipes that looks like you put a lot of effort in but definitely doable say if you’re procrastinating haha. and i love all things bread.

Also! I dont know if they are still doing this or not, but if you have a .edu email address Amazon Prime is free. Still enjoying the benefits of being a student even though I graduated last spring! yessss.

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Adrianna December 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Whoa I had no idea you could do this. I don’t think I have my college email anymore. :( I wish I did!

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Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Two of my favorite ingredients! Very cool.
Glad I found this on Pinterest. ;)

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Lauren @ FoodIsTherapy November 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Looks so yummy! I LOVE quick breads…maybe a little too much. I’m currently munching on a cranberry orange… :)

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Rachel @ The Avid Appetite November 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm

This looks perfect for the overripe bananas on my countertop! yum!

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Living The Sweet Life November 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Banana Bread completes my life! The addition of cranberries – - well you’re just a smart cookie!!

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Kasey November 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I get everything on Amazon! Last year, I bought all of my holiday gifts online and was like, this is brilliant! Why have I never done this before? Braving the mall is so unnecessary! Yay holidays.

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Taryn November 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm

cute holiday quick bread tip: around the holidays, you can find cute little mini loaf pans at cookware stores, etc. (even better if you stock up at the after christmas sales!). Bake a bunch of mini loaves, wrap (still in the pans) in colored cellophane and tie with some ribbon or rafia. Cute and delicious!

And I love amazon for christmas shopping–I hate Black Friday!

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Adrianna November 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Pro tip alert! You’re so right. I’m gonna put it up in the recipe.

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Taryn December 1, 2011 at 3:53 am

I found ones similar to this a couple years ago when I worked at a cookware store:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/59026988/christmas-themed-mini-loaf-pan

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Jessica @ How Sweet November 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I usually prep for the holidays ahead of time but can I just say that you and my mom would get along swimmingly? she hasn’t started a tree or shopping… it will happen in about 2 weeks.

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Adrianna November 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Your mom and I are kindred spirits.

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nicole {sweet peony} December 1, 2011 at 1:25 am

mmmm i love bread. and cranberries. andbananasandoatmeal! yum yum !

every year, i start off being organized. then i congratulate myself for being awesome & tell myself i have time to relax for awhile. of course that means that everything else that wasn’t already done gets remembered 2-3 days before christmas so i have to rush around like a mad woman while constantly cursing myself for slacking off. whew! so… i totally feel ya ;)

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Jo December 1, 2011 at 4:29 am

This looks delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at foodepix.com.

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France December 1, 2011 at 4:57 am

Beautiful photos. It really gets me in the mood for Christmas. It’s all about the cranberries.

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Mags@Thefullwoman.com December 1, 2011 at 5:50 am

Oooh Fresh cranberries in a banana bread?! I am soo into this. And you say it lasts deliciously for days? Alright, it’s decided, this is everybody’s Christmas gift this year.

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Zee @ The Recipe Code December 1, 2011 at 6:30 am

This looks amazing I love bananas! But too sad there are no cranberries where I live when there are so many yummy cranberry recipes on the blogosphere :(

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Kailey (SnackFace) December 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm

This bread sounds absolutely delicious! Do you think it would work with dried cranberries? I have a bag of Craisins begging to be used.

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Adrianna December 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I bet it would work lovely with dried cranberries!

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Jen @ Fresh from the... December 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I was reading this and thought – what about pumpkin instead of banana? Weird or amazing? Hmm. Hmmmmmm… maybe I will just have to try it?!

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Adrianna December 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Delicious! If you want to do a pumpkin instead–yet still have the oats and cranberries–I’d suggest folding those things into this bread:

http://acozykitchen.com/nutty-seedy-pumpkin-bread/

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Kelly December 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm

This looks absolutely gorgeous, what a delicious sweet bread!! :)

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HoneyFor Jam December 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm

This bread looks so yummy!! I love your blog and all your amazing photo’s!

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Malin December 1, 2011 at 10:42 pm

This looks soo great, just my kinda bread! And I´m like you, not an early shopper person either, but what I do like, is to start baking early so I can enjoy cookies and other Christmasy-baked goods throughout all december! They taste better within Christmas, in my opinion!

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Anna December 2, 2011 at 12:21 am

is it crazy that I didn’t even know this divine combo existed. this looks so insanely good. I can’t wait to try it. thanks for another amazing post, love. i’m addicted. xo

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marty December 2, 2011 at 4:06 am

Amazon prime is the BEST! Oh, and your recipe looks pretty delicious too :) I have been looking for a loaf-type recipe and this one has great flavors.

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Katie December 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I made this with blueberries instead of cranberries because that’s what I had on hand and it was wonderful! Can’t wait to make it with cranberries next!

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Adrianna December 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Blueberry Oat Banana Bread!! I dig it!

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Matt December 14, 2011 at 2:20 am

Right on!

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Nik December 3, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I can’t wait to make this bread. I call what you spoke of, “Slacking-Procrastiion-Productivity”. It’s all three rolled into one. It works because it’s one part each. We’re productive where we need to be productive :)

I totally agree about Amazon Prime. Never thought twice about it. Golden.

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Yum this sounds delicious!

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Kim Bee December 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I am loving this bread. It’s simply beautiful. I tend to want to be a “Martha” but life gets in the way. I’m also one of those list makers, spend tons of time making them perfect, then forget them at home. Lol!

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Matt December 14, 2011 at 2:51 am

Just pulled this loaf from the oven. Fighting the temptation of cutting in too early. While I wait, I’ll tell you my story… I follow your tweets. I think i picked you up from an LA/or NY Times re-tweet? This loaf jumped out at me when you tweeted it, I’m a big fan of banana. Later that evening my wife was oohing and aah-hing over an Ocean Spray commercial, bragging about their bodacious bogs. This seemed like destiny. Cranberry shopping ensued.

–20minutes later
Wife– “WOOHOOOOO! THAT’S Tangy! Yummy! That’s fantastic! Wow! (quickly found her in kitchen cutting 2ND piece.)

Child– “Wow.” (eye’s popped out) “WOW, that’s REEEALLY good!”

I have to agree. Well Done Adrianna! Refreshing change from plain old banana bread!

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Adrianna December 14, 2011 at 2:56 am

HAHAH! That’s awesome. You have no idea how happy this makes me. No idea.

P.S. I made this when I was back home days after Thanksgiving and my dad ate the entire thing in three days. If you wrap it correctly it lasts for FOREVER.

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beka December 27, 2011 at 2:17 am

You saved Christmas! My family makes the same cranberry bread every year and this year…I forgot the recipe at my apartment 250 miles away. Loser: party of one. BUT THEN I remembered that I had tucked this recipe away for future reference, and the future had arrived! We made this today and everyone loved it. I’m about to get my 42nd slice right now. Thanks :)

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Christyn December 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Would dry cranberries like craisins work or do they need to be fresh for it to taste ok?

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Adrianna December 30, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Dried cranberries would totally work!

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Michele January 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I made this last night after finding you on tastespotting.com. It has to be one of the prettiest loaves of bread I’ve ever made! But a question for you on the cranberries… I usually sweeten them (boil with sugar, or at least coat in sugar) before I bake with them. I found the cranberries to be a little wickedly tart without sugar (like I almost can’t eat it!). Is that the nature of the recipe, or do you think I had a bad batch of cranberries? Or perhaps I just used too many?

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Adrianna January 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Hmm…mine wasn’t too tart. Maybe it was the cranberries? Maybe you used a tad bit too much? Hard to say since I wasn’t there to taste it, but mine definitely wasn’t too too tart. :)

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holly January 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Would 1% milk be okay instead of using buttermilk or is the buttermilk essential? Thanks! :)

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Adrianna January 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

holly! unfortunately it isn’t a simple substitute. you need the buttermilk to activate the baking soda. if you use 1% you’ll have some flaaaat quick bread. :(

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Marcy June 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I found this on Foodgawker when I was searching for a recipe using bananas and oats as I was looking for something to do with the three blackened bananas sitting on the table and the over abundance of oatmeal purchased for daughter’s winter breakfasts. The photos were so appetizing, I just had to give it a try.

My buttermilk had turned chunky ( and it was only two months expired, go figure?!), so I substituted a like amount of Greek yogurt. I misread the recipe and used the right amount of cranberries, only I used dried instead of fresh. I put the bananas in the Kitchen Aid to smash them and turned them into banana purée instead. I just added the eggs, etc to the bananas and went on from there. With all of these mistakes, it would be understandable if this turned out like a brick.
It didn’t, though. This was the most divine quick bread I have ever made. The banana purée made the bread extra moist and the dried cranberries soaked up the moisture and plumped right up. You would never know that the berries had started out dry they were so moist. And pretty – Wow! Each slice was just right, with cranberries sprinkled throughout.
I do think next time (read- as soon as I can find some more overripe bananas) I will cut the brown sugar back just a bit. But only if the bananas are really overripe, again, and I make them into purée rather than smashed.
Thanks for the great recipe. We enjoyed it a lot and will continue to enjoy it for years to come.

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Adrianna June 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

HAHAHA! This is so awesome. So good to know that this recipe is foolproof. Glad it worked out despite all that. LOVE IT!

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Bridgit September 24, 2012 at 8:32 am

This looks great. I have a huge bag of dried cranberries I need to use, could I use those instead of fresh?

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Adrianna September 24, 2012 at 9:59 am

Yes, it’s an easy swap-out.

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kristen November 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

i made this last night but the cranberries made it so sour!!! has this happened to anybody that made this??

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Adrianna November 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Hmm…I mean cranberries are sour/tart so it maybe that you just don’t like them? The bananas and sugar definitely give it a sweet element to balance out the tartness. The only thing I can think of is that your buttermilk was a bit too old. Sorry you had trouble with this!

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Barb January 17, 2013 at 11:59 am

I made this with a couple of slight substitutions. I used whole wheat all purpose flour, and added a cup of walnuts. I had to bake it about 15 minutes additionally – possible due to these? Anyway, I loved it, but yes, there were some real bursts of sour with the cranberries – but I liked that. Might not work with children, though. If you want to avoid this, I think it would help to rough chop the cranberries first. Then the sour taste is more distributed. You could also add a bit more sugar – but not the healthiest alternative.
All in all, loved the recipe and will make it again! Thank you!

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