Multi-Grain Banana Bread

Breads, Breakfast and Brunch, Breakfast Breads, Quick Breads | 29 comments

We’ve been in de-junking and organizing mode for the past couple of weeks. The garage was a WRECK. We have the biggest recycling can that you can get, the same size as the garbage can, and yet it was filling up days before our pick up day. Logan was intent that we not throw anything away that was recycling, so he decided that he would save it for next week. And so the cycle would repeat.

You can imagine what our garage looked like littered with milk jugs, cardboard boxes, and other recyclables. Not that his motivation or ambition were bad things, but the place was a mess, and it was actually starting to smell a bit too. Not that you wanted to know that last part since this is a blog about food and all.


We finally got the last of it under control last weekend. Put up a second shelving unit. Made a couple trips to Goodwill and a trip with a trunk full of broken down cardboard boxes to the recycling place.

I figured…why stop at the garage? Yes, I am crazy. No, I am not nesting. Now that the garage was all nice and we had a new shelving unit with space, I decided I’d put some of the appliances I am not willing to get rid of but take up precious kitchen cabinet space on the garage shelves. Things like the ice cream maker, the Bosch mixer, and the Nutrimill Grain Mill. That freed up a ton of cabinet space for me.


And again, I thought…why stop at the cabinets? So I cleaned out the fridge. And then the freezer. And that is where I found 8, yes EIGHT, brown bananas that had been tossed inside for later use. Uhhhh. Problem!

And now the problem is solved. So in a round about way I have Logan to thank for this recipe. Because if we hadn’t cleaned our disaster of a garage I wouldn’t have cleaned out the cabinets and if I hadn’t cleaned out the cabinets I probably wouldn’t have cleaned out the freezer either. Sort of an “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie” chain of events.

It’s worth mentioning that this is a very yummy solution to the overripe banana problem. Even if you don’t like bananas. I would know. Because I definitely do not like bananas. Which is probably why we had so many extra in the first place.


Multi-Grain Banana Bread with Flax

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1 1/2 cup flour (half all-purpose and half whole wheat)
1/4 cup barley flour
1/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup cold milled flax
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup ripe bananas, pureed


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a medium-large mixing bowl combine the flour through brown sugar. Stir well. In a small bowl, combine the butter though pureed bananas. Mix well.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the liquids and stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Don't over beat, just stir until it is combined and there are no dry spots left.

Divide batter between 1 or 2 greased loaf pans, depending on the size you have. I have a nice medium sized one that fits almost all the batter in. Then with the little bit extra I make 4 muffins for Logan because he prefers it that way. I prefer it as the bread because it gets a nice crust on top.

Bake at 375 degrees F for40-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. The muffins will take about 15 minutes. I served it with a little bit of strawberry cream cheese (just puree a bit of strawberry jam, cream cheese, and a touch of sugar).

Note: I puree the banana instead of mashing it because I don't like bananas and I don't enjoy chunks of banana in my banana bread. Feel free to mash if you prefer it that way.

    Katie Goodman

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    Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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    • 1
      Maria - May 11, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

      I love spring cleaning, well sort of. It is nice to do but a lot of work. Love your banana bread. I always have brown bananas so I will try it!


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      Maris (In Good Taste) - May 11, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

      Sounds so good! And I love that you added flax. To me, if you throw flax in anything you can eat baked goods without guilt!


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      Amy from She Wears Many Hats - May 11, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

      I wish I had some right now. Hunger has struck and I need something somewhat healthy to tide me over til dinner. Can you send some over right away?


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      Pili - May 11, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

      It does sound like something I'd like to try!I like bananas, but I prefer them still a lil green, and hate them overripe!


    • 5
      Carmen - May 12, 2010 @ 12:12 am

      troll. Katie, this website is wonderful the way it is, don't let a person who doesn't even dare to state his/her name insult your hard work.


    • 6
      Fern @ Life on the Balcony - May 12, 2010 @ 12:37 am

      Man, Anonymous, you're one tough SOB. You left an anonymous comment on a food blog. Wow. I'm impressed. Can I have your children?


    • 7
      chikadeez - May 12, 2010 @ 12:38 am

      What a total douche bag, if you are so annoyed to be on the blog, why did you take the time to comment? Makes no sense! Katie, I love the design of your blog. Your recipes are wonderful too!


    • 8
      Fern @ Life on the Balcony - May 12, 2010 @ 12:41 am

      Katie–Your website rocks. I am in awe of your photography skills, and if I just wanted to read a recipe, I'd buy a cookbook. But I like about food blogs (yours most definitely included) is I the story behind a dish, extra advice about how to do something difficult, background on an ingredient, etc.Ignore the trolls babe. It's easy to be a jerk. It is hard work to publish top notch content day in and day out. No one admires jerks, but lots of people admire what you're doing and how you do it!


    • 9
      Alicia - May 12, 2010 @ 3:16 am

      Katie, your website is great. Ignore him, what an absolute a**.


    • 10
      ErinsFoodFiles - May 12, 2010 @ 3:34 am

      Personally, I find these photos amazing, and the introduction perfect. Anonymous is a jealous loser!


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      Tricia - May 12, 2010 @ 3:39 am

      OMG ARE YOU ME? YOU ARE ME? You are me??? Seriously, you are in my head! We asked for 2 recycling bins this year (to no avail) and go the smallest trash bin (which when we roll out our neighbors gawk at)…and yet we STILL have recycling!My neighbor gave be a fabulous banana cake recipe – I never thought I would like such a thing seeing as the one time I had to get a prescription filled for my daughter at Walgreens and the pharmacist-man added banana flavor I almost DIED!- but I love it. A frozen cake of sorts. I, of course will try yours, but I will say the unfrozen, baked, refrozen variety shaped up well!


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      jastembo - May 12, 2010 @ 4:56 am

      the bread looks wonderful. and i also have a couple of bananas in the freezer :) do you have a good source for the cold-milled flax seed? i'm a little hesitant to pick it up at the local grocery store since i think the turn-off might be a bit slow. thanks.


    • 13
      Jennifer - May 12, 2010 @ 10:45 am

      This is really spectacular with the use of all the different grains! I love using flax in different breads and muffins, etc. Looking forward to making this, love your photos as always!!


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      Jennifer - May 12, 2010 @ 10:46 am

      This is really spectacular with the use of all the different grains! I love using flax in different breads and muffins, etc. Looking forward to making this, love your photos as always!!


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      Katie @ goodLife {eats} - May 13, 2010 @ 3:22 am

      jastembo – I buy cold milled flax seed at Costco. It comes in a 40 ounce bag with a big red label. The brand is Flax USA. They also have a website with more information:


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      Tickled Red - May 13, 2010 @ 3:36 am

      That always happens with our bananas for the same reason, I am not fond of them either. Now I know what to do with them.This looks great. Thanks :)


    • 17
      Cherine - May 13, 2010 @ 9:13 am

      Gorgeous healthy bread!


    • 18
      Sara - May 13, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

      Katie, I love your website! You are an inspiration to all us new bloggers!!! Keep up the good work!! Cheers!!! :)


    • 19
      Sophia - May 13, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

      This banana bread looks yummy! The spread is my favorite part! Thanks for sharing!


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      Dana - May 14, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

      Argh! I can never make banana bread because I have three banana-loving males in my house and no matter how many I buy, they always eat them. No brown bananas for me! Looks great, Katie. In our neck of the woods, they only pick up recycling every other week and our can is full usually by the third day after pick-up. So annoying!


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      Arizona Business Bankruptcy - May 14, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

      This looks healthy, simple to bake, and delicious. Thanks for the excellent recipe.


    • 22
      Amanda - May 15, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

      That looks so good! And I love the reference to "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie". One of my all-time favorite children's books. I gave the Christmas version to my little cousin this year and she loved it.


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      Welcome! - May 21, 2010 @ 12:20 am

      I love the blue plates! What brand are they??


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      Katie @ goodLife {eats} - May 21, 2010 @ 12:36 am

      The larger plates are Ikea and the smaller plates are Crate and Barrel (clearance a month or so ago).


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      My My Mindy - May 25, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

      I love the blue bag/wrap the bread is in, in the first picture. Where did you get that?


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      Kim - Liv Life - August 12, 2010 @ 2:08 am

      I just stumbled upon this post and as timely it was for you at the time, it is for us now. I am always on the lookout for healthier breads, and this one surly fits the bill. Thanks for the post!


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      Debbie - March 12, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

      This sounds AMAZING!!!!


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      Ashley - April 08, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

      I made this tonight in muffin form. Very delicious! This recipe will be one of our go-to healthy snacks from now on.


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