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Fluffy & Moist Banana Loaf -made from Oat Flour

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This fluffy & moist banana loaf is made with oat flour and naturally flavoured using Pandan leaves extract. The use of oat flour instead of the traditional self-raising flour makes it a great healthier alternative.

This banana loaf recipe started off as an experiment that has now led to my developing an interest in baking with healthy alternatives to white flour such as coconut flour and whole wheat flour.

So how did this recipe come to fruition? While I was home with family over the christmas break, my mum mentioned having some left over Rolled Oats three months away from its use by date and I offered to take it off her. The original plan was to grind the oats into powdered form and use it to make a form of amala (a Nigerian delicacy) like a friend of mine does (see image below).

Oat amala and vegetable stew

The idea to use it as baking flour instead came about during my research into alternative flours for healthy baking recipes. I found quite a number of recipes using oat flour and I decided to give it a try as well. Health benefits of oats include being gluten-free, full of fiber and a great source of antioxidants. These benefits make them a great healthy alternative to traditional white flour (find more health benefits of oats here).

Oat Flour (made by grinding Rolled Oats

Why Pandan Leaves for Flavouring?

The inspiration for using Pandan leaves as a natural flavouring agent came from my Malaysian housemate. Pandan leaves are common in south and southeast Asian recipes. I tasted a cake she baked using Pandan leaves once and absolutely fell in love with it. Pandan leaves are long, blade-like leaves that thrive in tropical climates. One of the benefits of Pandan leaf is that it can help boost the immune system as it is a great source of vitamins and antioxidants. Click here to find out more about the benefits and uses of Pandan leaves. The leftover leaves can be frozen for preservation purposes. They are sold in most Asian stores worldwide. I am excited to explore other recipes using Pandan leaves.

Ingredients for Fluffy & Moist Banana Loaf with Oat Flour

  • Caster Sugar
  • Butter
  • Oat Flour
  • Brown Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Ripe Bananas
  • Pandan Leaves
  • Creamy Walnuts
  • Baking Powder

How to make fluffy & moist Banana Loaf with Oat Flour

  1. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Then, add the whisked eggs, mashed bananas & chopped pandan leaves and mix together.
  2. Add baking powder to the oat flour and fold into the mixture. Then add the walnuts and mix together using a wooden spoon.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C for 30 mins and then at 180°C for another 30 mins or until done (it is ready if an inserted toothpick comes out dry).
  4. Leave to cool on a cake rack before serving. It pairs well with milk for a mid-afternoon snack.
Banana loaf batter ready for the oven
Fluffy & moist banana loaf served with milk and grapes

Fluffy & Moist Banana Loaf – made from Oat Flour

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time:1 hour Total time:1 hour 30 minutesServings:7 servings Best Season:Available


This fluffy & moist banana loaf is made with oat flour, naturally flavoured with Pandan Leaves and topped with walnuts.



  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  2. Cream the butter, caster sugar and brown sugar together using an electric hand mixer until creamy.
  3. Fold in the whisked egg and mashed Bananas. Mix together using a wooden spoon.
  4. Chop the Pandan leaves using a mini electric chopper and add to the batter.
  5. Add the baking powder to the Oat Flour and fold into the batter. Then add the walnuts and mix together using a wooden spoon.
  6. Line a 2 lb Loaf Pan with baking parchment and pour in the batter. Then top with the reserved walnuts.
  7. Put in the oven and bake at 200°C for 30 mins at first.
    Afterwards, reduce to 180°C and bake for another 30 mins.
  8. Insert a toothpick into the loaf. if it comes out dry, the Banana Loaf is ready.
  9. Take out of the oven and leave to rest for a while.
    Serve and enjoy!


  • I found it to be a little too sweet for me so feel free to reduce the sugar.
  • The walnuts were added as bought from the store but they can also be toasted before added to the batter. Toast the walnuts in the oven at 120°C for 10 mins.
Keywords:Banana Loaf, Oat Flour

Give this banana loaf recipe a try and let me know how you get on in the comment section below. Even better, tag me on Instagram using #flavoursandaroma.

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Till next time,

Your FnA Seeker.

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