Oat Blueberry Banana Bread

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Heyyyy! I hope you’re ready because I’m hurling another Kin Community video at you. I hope you don’t mind. Today’s recipe, Oat Blueberry Banana Bread, is kind of a no-brainer. It’s crunchy with a lot of banana-awesomeness inside. In other news, I think–as a community–we need to come up with another word for “moist.”

I know I’ve said this like, a million times before. And, I do sometimes feel like I talk about the same things over and over. You know when you’ve been friends with someone for a long time and they keep repeating the same story over and over, and if you’re nice you keep listening and act like you’ve never heard it before; but if you’re like me, you’re just like, Dude, okay I’ve heard this like a million times–get a new story already!

So, if you’re sick of hearing this, I completely understand and come back tomorrow (or Wednesday), I’m promising cake or empanadas…I can’t decide. But if you’re feeling particularly patient, hear me out. I wanted to describe this banana bread as moist, because, well, it is. (And I do in the video but it was painful for me to do so!) This bread is moist. And it’ll stay that way for daaayys. But OMG do I hate that word. It’s too disgusting of a word to describe something so perfect and delicious, and yet I have no synonym for it. I’m synonym-less.

So, this morning I’m trading this Oat Blueberry Banana Bread for a synonym. Your move…

(Recipe after the jump!)

Oat Blueberry Banana Bread

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1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon for dusting pan
¼ cup rolled oats, plus 1 handful for topping
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
⅓ cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup granulated white sugar
1 cup smashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
1½ cup blueberries

1. Pre-heat oven to 325˚F (160˚C). Lightly grease a 9×5-inch (23 x 13 cm) pan and dust with a tablespoon (15 mL) of flour. In a medium bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

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

3. In two batches, add flour mixture, mixing until just combined, being sure not to overmix. Fold in blueberries and transfer batter to prepared loaf pan. Top with a handful of rolled oats.

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

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Anna @ the shady pine March 12, 2012 at 2:27 am

I am literally laughing so hard because I have had this conversation with my best friend….she absolutely and utterly despises this word and I thought she was the only one. Can’t wit for her to read your post :)

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Villy @ For the love of Feeding March 12, 2012 at 2:33 am

How about “succulent”? Anyway, it looks really good! And I vote empanadas!! :)

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Mike @TheIronYou March 12, 2012 at 2:34 am

Hahaha!!!! I’ll make “moist” my word of the day!
Anyway, this bread is almost fat free and packed with so much good stuff.
It’s going at the top of my “Baking To Do” list.

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Domonique March 12, 2012 at 2:40 am

This looks sooo good…looking forward to a cake recipe :) Haha yes!! There must be another great word rather than moist?

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Adrienne @ How to Ice a Cake March 12, 2012 at 2:41 am

My sister-in-law is exactly like you when it comes to the M word. I always have to censor myself when I’m around her because she literally cringes every time I say it. It makes me laugh :D

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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 12, 2012 at 2:43 am

The bread looks great! I just posted a strawberry banana bread…now I want to make your bread!!

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Nikkilooch March 12, 2012 at 3:16 am

I really like these videos. Like you said last time it’s weird to hear a bloggers voice for the first time because you imagine it a certain way (in my case always in my own narcissistic voice) but it’s cool to hear you talk about what you’re making. As far as the word moist goes, maybe soft or succulent? Not the best replacements, but maybe if we start using them it will catch on.

I can’t wait to make this bread this week. Thanks for sharing!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 12, 2012 at 5:14 am

I am loving your videos! Amazing job. Also, this banana bread looks so scrumptious! My boy’s favorite banana bread is with blueberries. I can’t wait to try yours!

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Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau March 12, 2012 at 5:31 am

I was just having the “moist” conversation with my husband the other day – I was trying to explain to him that most women seem to shudder at that word, present company included. I can’t even put my finger on why. It’s just so creepy. He didn’t get it but he’s a boy. What can I say?

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ileana March 12, 2012 at 5:45 am

Ha, I thinking the same thing about “moist.” My bf is particularly grossed out by the word. But it really is hard to come up with something better! Maaaybe succulent? I don’t know, still doesn’t feel quite right.

Anyway, the bread looks good! Love the addition of blueberries.

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Ashley March 12, 2012 at 7:01 am

You’re dead on about the word “moist” in both regards. You can’t say “this bread is lacking dryness,” or “this bread is slightly less than wet.” Just doesn’t work. When I read “synonym-less”, I said in my head, “cinnamon-less.” haha

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Maggie March 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

i said cinnamon-less too. hahahah… cinnamon, baking. it was the obvious association.

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Adrianna March 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

HAHAH! I love you two. I actually wrote the sentence: “Not to be confused with cinnamon-less…” but deleted because I thought no one would get it. DEAD WRONG!

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Margarita March 12, 2012 at 7:08 am

Nothing beats good old banana bread! I like the use of buttermilk… it always adds that nice fluffy texture.

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Carissa March 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

Somehow “damp” just don’t quite work. I’ve been trying to find a synonym for awhile, and damp is now a joke with my friends. “These brownies are so damp & delicious!”

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Jamie-Lee March 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

Dewy? That’s the closest synonym I could find that isn’t even more gross! Who wants a damp, dank banana bread?!

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LeAnnWoo March 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

I decided to do a little searching because I’ve never really thought of the word moist much and I was surprised that all of the synonyms I could find were rather negative in connotation. When we think of moist we think of it in a positive light, why then are all the synonyms negative? I’m stumped, flummoxed, stymied I say!

Here are the words uncovered in my online searching:
clammy, damp, dampish, dank, dewy, dripping, drippy, drizzly, humid, irriguous, muggy, not dry, oozy, rainy, soggy, teary, watery

Out of those options I think irriguous is my vote!

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Ev March 12, 2012 at 9:37 am

Blueberries and banana! sounds healthy to me!!

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Kaytee March 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

This looks lovely! I’ve followed your blog for some time but haven’t ever commented. So I thought I’d drop by and tell you how wonderfully delicious this looks! I made some oatmeal yogurt pancakes last weekend, and they were divine.

love,
kaytee

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dana @ my little celebration March 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

You are adorable. I love this video series with Kin Community and the recipe! Loving it!

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Kasey March 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Love the video! And this banana bread sounds yummy. Yay for the return of blueberries!

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cindy March 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

love the video! bananas and berries are great friends, I never even considered combining the two. the unfortunate thing with the word “moist” is that the synonyms are mostly even more cringe-worthy!

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Elizabeth March 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I’ve never heard of blueberry bread, but it sounds and looks amazing!

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Maria @ Orchard Bloom March 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm

What an awesome combo. I’m going to give it a try.

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Amanda March 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm

One of my best friends absolutely hates the word moist and I love saying it to her. She also hates succulent and a large number of other words. And pointy french fries. She’s kind of a freak. That’s why I love her. We fit well together.

As for the moist oat blueberry banana bread you made, it looks wonderful!

There are synonyms for moist. I just looked them up. None of them are words you’d want to use to describe food. Ever.

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Let Me Eat Cake March 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm

haha i have the same problem but what to do when it really is moist. i’m not gonna lie i resorted to juicy before because i just couldn’t post moist and have ppl go crazy :)

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Mara @ Elemental Custard March 13, 2012 at 6:00 am

Yum for the combination of blueberries and bananas in bread! Delicious. I love how everyone is in agreeance about the word moist – maybe we should make up our own word to replace it since obviously there are no synonyms that are suitable?

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chutneyandspice March 13, 2012 at 7:32 am

This looks amazing, I loved watching a video, it made for such a fun post. Thank you!

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Erin March 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

Oo I’ve never had blueberries in a banana bread before, I like it!

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Lindsay March 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

made this yesterday and it was bombbb. thanks :)

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Leah March 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Agh, moist! You’re right, we should rectify this whole situation as a community.
I vote for making up a word.
Love blue berries and bananas!

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Elena March 14, 2012 at 3:16 am

I like your post even if I can’t help you for synonyms, I’m italian….
the italian word for that is “umido” (read: u-mee-do). do you like it?
Anyway…. I’m loving your recipe and i think your bread would be perfect before and after fitness activity: bananas and blueberry are really healthy!
If you haven’t decided yet your today recipe, well… I’m in the mood for enchiladas!!!

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Nancy @ CouponClippingCook March 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm

What a delicious combination of flavors for the “extremely non-dry” banana bread (trying not to use the m-word). Love blueberries and bananas in the same recipe.

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Kelly Hartman March 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I’m with you – moist is an awful word. The bread looks great! Another fabulous recipe.

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France March 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

I vote for empanadas!

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Julia {The Roasted Root} March 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Very nice how-to video! Your bread cuts perfectly, so your recipe must be very well concocted – I like it! I would eat a thick slice with butter and coffee too. Thanks for an awesome post and hope you had a great weekend!

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Nikki March 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

How about “deliciously wet” or “scrumptiously damp”, are those any better??? I don’t think so.

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Becky April 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

Hi Adrianna, I am making this blueberry banana bread for the second time today. I made it into muffins last time and gave 1/2 of them to a friend and her husband. They were so good! My friend literally called me at 7:24 in the morning the next day when they were eating breakfast to tell me they LOVED them! Today I am making a double batch so that I have 1 loaf for me and one for my brother. :)

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Becky April 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I wanted to let ya know I did make 2 loaves of your bread today! I gave one to my brother and he packed it into his motorcycle side-bag compartment and drove away very happy! I gave him a slice of the loaf I kept for my boyfriend and me so that he would know how delicious and amazing it tastes before he gets home. :) Since I made a double batch I ended up not having enough blueberries for 3 cups so I used those, raspberries and blackberries all together to have enough. I also subbed the buttermilk with greek yogurt b/c that’s just what I had on-hand and I did that last time too and it tasted great. Anyways, thanks again for sharing your recipes! I have to say that my absolute favorite quality of this bread is that it is not overly sweet. It doesn’t give me a sugar coma after I eat it like many quick bread recipes I’ve tried. I also love how “hydrated” they are! That’s my word substitution for the “m” word you do not like :) They are not dry at all and I love it! Thanks again!

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Adrianna April 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm

HA. This is so awesome. I actually really like that it isn’t too sweet, too. And “hydrated” is the word I’m using from now on. You’re a genius. NAILED IT!

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Laurie Kaler July 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

Hey there! I just made this and made substitutions only because I wanted to make it slightly healthier with whole wheat flour instead of the all-purpose, olive oil instead of the vegetable oil, vanilla almond milk instead of buttermilk…still used the sugars, but oh well…there’s not much in there…lol! Made muffins instead so I can quickly take to work…they turned out so so good! I will definitely make these again, with or without the substitutions! Thanks!

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