Blueberry Banana Chia 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.
I received free samples of SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by SPLENDA® Sweeteners and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
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). Total fall day. I’m so ready for fall. Fall means cooler weather, warmer blankets and heartier foods, like this bread I’m sharing with you today!
Carbs are my soul sister, in case ya’ll didn’t know that. I think it’s pretty obvious from my favorite foods and recipes on this blog.
Firstly, a little bit about this product. The SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend is made from only 2 non-GMO ingredients: stevia & cane sugar. There are no weird artificial ingredients or added flavors, meaning no bitter aftertaste.
While it has 50% fewer calories than sugar, you can use it anywhere you would use sugar. So, basically 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, little ways to reduce added sugars in our diets can be great for our overall health. Plus, this bag will last longer because you don’t need to use as much. Budget savers win out for me too!
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 pantry staples. But, I wanted it to make something a little more creative than just banana bread. So, I figured, why not include the blueberries and add some chia seeds for funsies?
Well, it turned out to be a hit, so I’m happy to be sharing with you today! PS – chia seeds are full of protein, fiber, calcium, iron and omega 3 fats – little nutrition superstars, they are.
This bread is:
- Low in sugar
- Made with a combination of all purpose and oat flour
I 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. So good.
And, the best part about this bread? Multiple servings of fruit!
Made with 3 bananas, 1 cup of blueberries and a hefty dose cup chia seeds, you’re getting lots of nutrients and fiber in each slice, without the addition of tons of added sugars. Which is why this is so great for kids and picky eaters alike.
The American Heart Association recommends staying under 6-9 teaspoons per day of added sugar. Take into account, there are 4 grams of sugar in 1 teaspoon.
So, obviously, things add up quickly and one meal can bring you over the women’s recommended amount of 24 grams of added sugar/day. This bread requires half the amount of regular added sugars, so that’s a win.
How you Make It
- 1 cup oat flour (ground up oats)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 3 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/3 cup SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend
- ½ tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup blueberries
- 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.
- 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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Favorite type of quick bread?
Do you like sneaking fruits and veggies into non-traditional foods?