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I noticed that half of our bananas were left uneaten again and had turned brown. Instead of throwing them out and letting them go to waste, I decided to put them to use and save money by making some banana bread, but without the flour, as we’d run out. Oats were the next best ingredient and a healthier option too! So, I asked ChatGPT to come up with some recipes for healthy oat banana bread without flour. The following is what it suggested, which I adapted to suit our tastes and the ingredients we had available.


  • 2 cups of rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick oats)
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup. We used honey
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda (if you don’t have this (like us!) don’t worry, the bread will just be denser and heavier.)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt


Heat the oven to 350°F/175°C and grease a cake tin with some butter or oil.

Mash up the peeled bananas in a large bowl. Add the eggs, honey, baking soda, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Mix together until well combined.

Gradually stir the oats into the banana mixture.

Pour the mixture into the greased cake tin and smooth the top.

Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until using a toothpick, knife, or skewer inserted into the centre of the bread comes out clean.

Let the bread cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

I hope you enjoy your healthy oat banana bread! Remember the texture may be slightly different compared to traditional banana bread, but it’s definitely worth trying. This recipe only has a few ingredients so is not only a great way to save money but also helps reduce waste.

You may also wish to try our Easy Naan Bread Recipe that we made during lockdown with few ingredients.

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This healthy oat banana bread recipe uses ripe bananas and oats, it's an ideal option when you're out of flour or just want to try something new.

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