Is there anything that smells more like home than banana bread baking in the oven. I've eaten so much of it over the years that I tend to steer away from the almighty banana. But as I was cleaning up the kitchen yesterday I saw those spotted fruit staring at me; begging to be thrown into a mixing bowl. Okay fine but I need something else; oatmeal. I looked up an oatmeal and banana loaf recipe and found it on allrecipes.com; which is one of my favorite recipe site.
I very rarely make a recipe as is; I typically switch things out when I think it would be better. Most of the time it works; sometimes I should have followed the recipe. This was great as I changed it. I switched out shortening for butter; and used brown sugar instead of white. I cut the sugar in half and used 1/2 cup of honey as well. I added chopped pecans for some extra protein and chopped some giant raisins up and tossed them in as well. It is really great; heavier than the fluffy type loaf but definitely leaves you feeling like you just ate something that will stick to your ribs. Ingredients below: