Blueberry Banana Chia Seed Bread makes a great base for a sweet breakfast or on-the-go snack. Made with fruit, chia seeds, oat flour and half the sugar, it’s a wholesome, healthy option for the whole family.
Happy Labor Day! I’m a little late in getting this post up because we spent all day yesterday picking apples, hiking, and exploring the Sierra Nevada Brewery with some friends (more on that to come).
Carbs are my soul sister. I think it’s pretty obvious from my favorite foods and recipes on this blog.
Today’s question: Have you ever thrown chia seeds in banana bread? Probably not. But hopefully after today’s banana bread recipe with chia seeds, you’ll give it a try!
What Do You Need for Banana Chia Bread?
- oat flour (or you can grind up your own oats)
- all purpose flour
- chia seeds
- vanilla extract
- ripe bananas
- coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup blueberries
- SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend
- baking soda
- baking powder
I was gifted a bag of this Splenda Naturals sweetener and wanted to find a way to use it. While it has 50% fewer calories than sugar, you can use it anywhere you would use sugar and it has no bitter after taste.
Chia Seed Bread with Half the Sugar
To make this chia seed bread (if using Splenda naturals), you use half the amount to get the same sweetness without any bitter aftertaste. The mixed blend gets its unique sweetness from Reb D, one of the tastiest parts of the stevia leaf.
I love the idea of having these on hand for future baking, and even for sweetening things like tea and coffee.
You guys know my food philosophy does not revolve around counting calories or anything like that. But, I’m all for reducing sugar intake if it’s a possibility.
I was in experimentation mode last week, and we happened to have blueberries and bananas on hand. Pretty common since those are part of my must have pantry staples.
But, I wanted it to make something a little more creative than just banana bread. So, I figured, why not make a banana bread with chia seeds? You could use fresh fruit or another frozen variety as well.
Chia seeds are nutrition powerstars! They are full of protein, fiber, calcium, iron and omega 3 fats. Many of these are nutrients that Americans may not be getting enough of, so adding chia seeds to banana bread is genius!
How to Make Banana Bread with Chia Seeds
To make this chia bread, you’ll first preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix your dry ingredients, from oat flour through baking powder in a large bowl. If you don’t have oat flour on hand, you can easily make your own by blending oats in a blender or food processor.
In a separate bowl, mix your wet ingredients from ripe bananas through coconut oil. Add in the blueberries last. The batter should be sticky.
Then, you’ll mix your wet and dry ingredients, and cook for 45-50 minutes, or until fully cooked (test with a toothpick).
My Favorite Things About This Banana Chia Bread Recipe:
- Nutrient-dense (you’re getting multiple servings of fruit!)
- High in fiber (makes a great snack for toddlers)
- Low in sugar
I truly love the combination of all purpose and oat flour. To me, it creates an ideal texture in the bread. It’s soft and moist, but not overly soft that it falls apart.
Plus, butter and peanut butter melt nicely on these thick slices of bread. I recommend keeping it in the fridge so it firms up a little bit (if you don’t eat it all in one sitting).
I also love to sprinkle crumbs of this bread over oatmeal or yogurt. It’s so good and great for alternating between textures.
Want More Chia Seed Recipes and Snacks?
- Cranberry strawberry chia sauce
- Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding
- Chia seeds are a pantry staple for runners
- Vegan Hemp Protein Bars (these use hemp seeds, but you could add chia seeds in too!)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix the dry ingredients, from oat flour through baking powder in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix your wet ingredients from ripe bananas through coconut oil. Add in the blueberries last. The batter should be sticky.
- Mix your wet and dry ingredients. Be careful not to overmix. Pour into bread pan.
- Cook for 45-50 minutes, or until fully cooked (test with a toothpick).
- Let cool for 10-15 minutes before enjoying.
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Carrington Farms gluten free, hexane free, NON-GMO, free of hydrogenated and trans fats in a BPA free bottle, liquid coconut cooking oil, unflavored, 16 Fl Oz
Viva Naturals Organic Raw Chia Seeds (2 LB)
Anthony's Organic Oat Fiber, 1.5lb, Gluten Free, Non GMO, Keto Friendly, Product of USA
SPLENDA Naturals Stevia Sweetener for Baking: No Calorie, All Natural Sugar Substitute w/ No Bitter Aftertaste. 7.8 oz. Granulated Resealable Bag
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 386mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 7g
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