Just when you think your bananas are on their last leg, we bring you this recipe that embraces the bruising. The riper they are the more sweetness and moisture they bring to this bread. You’ll also enjoy oats for a boost of fiber and dried cranberries for an extra hint of sweetness.

Oatmeal Banana Bread

Recipe by: Southern Curls and Pearls
Makes: 1 loaf
​Ready in: 1 hour


Forthe crumble topping:
1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter

For the banana bread:
2 ripe bananas
1 large egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup dried cranberries


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. To make topping, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

3. To make bread, mash bananas in a medium bowl, then stir in egg and milk. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, oats, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir just to combine (batter should be lumpy), then mix in cranberries.

4. Pour batter into a lightly greased loaf pan or muffin tin and sprinkle with topping mixture. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with some dry topping crumbs.