zucchini banana oat bread (and a craptastic day)

filed under: Bread on October 23, 2013
This Zucchini Banana Oat Bread is one of our favorite recipes. Bakes up perfectly every time! 
Let me just tell you about my day.

It all started about 5:00am when I heard my baby crying and got up to feed her.  I walked to her room in a zombie like stupor, hushing her whimpers and gently picking her up and then nursed her back to sleep. Just as I got done feeding her return her my alarm went off.  Why would I set the alarm for so early?  Because I wanted to get up and work out before my husband went to work and while I could do it without kids trying to jump all over me.  I am gonna ROCK this day!

Zucchini Oatmeal Banana Bread

Right after I got my running shoes on I heard Olivia again.  She had not gone back to sleep and was now up for the day.  As I sat and rocked her and watched the sky turn from dark grey to light grey, the dream (nightmare) from last night started to come back to me.  It was not good.  I was shaking and upset and an emotional mess. (Yes, I know it was a dream, but it almost seemed like a bad memory!  I heard that the brain cannot distinguish the difference between a dream and reality so it FELT REAL)

Husband gets up and leaves for work and it occurs to me… its FREEZING in here.  Turns out that the furnace broke and we had no heat.  In Minnesota.  It was 28 degrees last night.  So I decide to bake some bread for breakfast in the hopes that the hot oven would help warm up the house.  And me.

Around 7:00am and I start making this bread. As it bakes the kids slowly rise and make their way to the kitchen.  Eddie is immediately grumpy because he didn’t get cereal in a blue bowl as he demands EVERY SINGLE MORNING but the delicious warm bread eventually quiets him.

We start homeschooling and immediately the kids are whining.  Complaining.  Fighting me every. step. of. the. way.  I am freezing and keep trying to get the kids to put more layers on, but they don’t seem to be phased by the chill.  I offer up hot cocoa for snack time and the marshmallows are hard as a rock and somewhat stale.  I add them anyway hoping no one notices.  No one does because they spend the whole time complaining that it’s too hot.

Olivia is awake and just fusses.  And fusses.  And fusses.  (totally not her norm.  I am completely throw off by this new behavior of hers, as she is normally so happy and content and loves to nap!)  Colton refuses to do his math and sits and the table and literally sobs at how much he doesn’t want to work today.  I am rocking back and forth in the corner in the fetal position.  Guess I did end up ROCKIN today.

It’s about 11 and someone is coming over to fix the furnace.  He calls and says he will be there in 30 minutes so I quickly try to feed Olivia.  I nurse her and she actually starts to nod off (praise Jesus!) which is Eddie’s cue to storm into my room and scream “Mommy, where are you?!?!” as he looks me in the eye.  Olivia is awake.

I get word from a company (that I really wanted to impress) that a recipe I submitted has got a WRETCHED error in it and that someone complained.  I reply back to my contact with deepest of sincerest apologies and they are not impressed.  The twitch in my eye intensifies.

I have a big project in November that requires extensive research and preparation and involves large expensive video devices to be pointed at me filming my every move.  (inner voice is a constant downer lately and I am convinced that my ex-boyfriend from high school that I usually never think about and don’t even know where he lives will see it and laugh laugh laugh at HOW FAT I AM and I am mortified)  I am given the wardrobe requirements for the shoot and they say, “No red, white or black.”  No black?  SURELY YOU JEST!  You might as well tell me I can only wear an itsy bitsy bikini.

Zucchini Oatmeal Banana Bread

Try to quick feed Olivia again and realize the guy-who-shall-restore-heat is here.  She is awake and fussy.  I am twitching.  Guy-who-has-restored-heat determines that its just a faulty control panel and gets heat roaring.  Hurray!  Guy-who-restored-heat tells me that in spite of how my children behave he still wants to have kids someday.

I try to prepare for dinner and defrost some beef in the microwave.  It dies.  My microwave is dead.  My brand new state of the art microwave is dead.  I wish I could crawl into it.  Olivia is still awake.

Get an email that I have an assignment due tomorrow that I forgot about.

I can hear kids screaming at each other and banging doors and walls.  They are playing “store” and selling each other stuff that they already own and it sounds like Colton just shorted Audrey some of her change.  I think she threatened to cut him.  I blame Spongebob.

Important Tip! Do not fully drain your zucchini. I place all the zucchini on a double layer of paper towel and gently squeeze out excess. If your paper towel breaks you are pressing too hard! You want the zucchini to release some of it’s liquid while baking… this is what makes this bread so amazingly moist!

See that there is yet another BIG FABULOUS ALL EXPENSE PAID WITH UNREAL SWAG BLOGGER EVENT that I was not invited too.  Its ok, its cool.  These things happen right?  I am sure they know that I have a baby and that I homeschool and were just being considerate of my circumstances.  That, or EVERYONE JUST HATES ME AND OBVIOUSLY I NEED TO QUIT BLOGGING FOREVER AND EAT MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF COOKIE DOUGH RAW EVEN THOUGH THAT IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

Text husband that he has to bring home dinner.  He gets home and gets it ready and the family eats.  I cant eat anymore because apparently I ate an entire pan of this bread today.  So I go walk/run sporadically while Biggest Loser is on trying to see what workout they are doing and copy them.   This is effective as they literally show one move for 4 seconds then move on which is about how long I wanted to work out anyway.

Can hear Olivia screaming.  Its time.  She needs to sleep now or I think I may develop a permanent twitch in my eye.

She is out within seconds.  Exhausted.  Now peaceful.  Her little body relaxes and she cuddles closer to me.  I am jealous of a baby.

Moral of story.  On craptastic days make sure you make yummy cake-like bread that has a vegetable in it so you can pretend you actually ate healthy and that there isn’t dishes piled sky high and laundry mounds in corners of every room.

The end.

Zucchini Oatmeal Banana Breadp.s.  I hope this post made you giggle at least once.

4.8 from 5 votes
Zucchini Oatmeal Banana Bread
zucchini banana oat bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Seriously beyond delicious!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zucchini banana oat bread
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  1. Heat oven to 350°F and prepare loaf pans. (I used three small loaf pans.)

  2. In large bowl add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and oats. Stir together.

  3. In a smaller bowl combine sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, and mashed banana. Pour sugar mixture into the flour mixture and stir by hand. Add in zucchini and mix until well incorporated.

  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until bread pulls away from sides of pan and an inserted toothpick is removed clean.


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  • Mainoh says:

    So, I guess I’m one of few who actually tried the recipe before commenting. This recipe was was too gooey. I baked for the amount of time required and the toothpick came out clean. While the taste is adequate, this is not bread, more like pudding.

    • Amanda says:

      If it was gooey it may have been undercooked. Every oven is different.

  • LarryS says:

    Has you tried this with honey and or applesauce as an alternative to processed sugar?

  • Ryan says:

    Second time making this recipe because I am all about incorporating produce while it is in season. Cut the oil in half, added a cup of dark chocolate chips, and a cup of pecans. Love it! Both batches were a little underdone at 45 minutes in my oven, eventhough the toothpick came out clean, so another 10 minutes couldn’t hurt next time. And there will be a next time ;). Thanks for the recipe!

    • Amanda says:

      Great changes! I gotta try that! 🙂

  • Snehal says:

    This might be a silly question but do i take the water out of the zucchini or leave it? Is it 3 cups just shredded or 3 cups after the water is taken out?

    • Amanda says:

      You can drain most of the water out of the zucchini if it is a small zucchini. If it is a large zucchini I would not drain too much.

  • Ashley says:

    I made this recipe tonight and loved it. I was needing a new way to incorporate oats into my diet to help boost my milk production and thought this was certainly the most delicious way! I’ll keep telling myself it will help at least!

  • Anita says:

    Total disaster! Baked suggested time, tested done, turned out, fell apart, dough in the middle, baked another hour, still doughy. Tasted good so we are it with a spoon, like bread pudding.

  • Dawn says:

    Lmaooo at blaming sponge bob , if this bread don’t make my day that comment will!

  • Krystina Olsen says:

    Girl. This was SO GOOD!!!!! Followed it exactly, just added a touch of nutmeg cuz I be wild like that, and it has the homestead people pleased! A warm slice at 2pm with a slap of butter and a decaf coffee and I’m in heaven. Thank you!!!

  • JENNifer NAGEL says:

    Great recipe. I added flax seed meal and part whole wheat flour. It was fantastic. I will definitely make it again

  • Shirley M Stephens says:

    You should put calories, carbs etc at end of recipes. Also the banana cake recipe does not tell eggs but the instructions does. How many. Looks yummy

  • Brenda Hale says:

    Recipes look amazing! And your sense of humor is spot on, very refreshing! It’s great to see when a person is so real. Not ‘Oh my gosh! Everything in my life is by the book and perfect! 24,7,365. I am following you and making your recipes, for this reason! Thanks!

  • Debra Gough says:

    This is the BEST zucchini Banana Oat Bread that zi Ever tasted. It’s so moist.I change receipe to aid my gluten problem. I uses 2 cups of gluten Fee oats and a 1/2 cup of Coconut Flour(GF)

  • Silvercolibri says:

    Delish! Made it yesterday bit without the zucchini (didn’t have any) instead extra banana 🍌 it was fantastic 😋

  • Hannah says:

    Amanda, you are awesome and you’re doing a great job.
    Sending hugs from London U.K. and I promise I’ll bake this soon, it’s exactly my kind of baking 👌🏻

  • Sharon Boele says:

    Just wanted to let you know that even tho I’m a 66 yr old grandma I most definitely related to your craptastic day and yes you made me laugh out loud!🤣😂 I had many of those days you just described (4 kids) and you are a hero!! God bless you and thank you for your blog I enjoy it immensely! I also love your recipies and was in fact looking for my zucchini bread recipe when I found yours!! Which I will now make instead. Happy baking! Love YaYa in Cali!

  • Amy D says:

    I’ve made one or two recipes of yours (yum!) but never read your blog until today. Love it! Sorry for giggling at your expense but your craptastic day was an adult version of Alexander and Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Hope it’s the ONLY one for the books!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      lol Thank you!! Yup, things have gotten better! 🙂

  • Marie Schneider says:

    Thank you! Enjoyed the article and the recipe! Blessings

  • Vanessa says:

    Hey there!

    Does it matter what type of oats? Steel cut, rolled?
    Thanks so much!

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Vanessa! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. I would recommend rolled oats or old-fashioned oats in this recipe. Have a great day!

  • Mary ODriscoll says:

    Feeling stalkerish b/c this article is about WINTER (perhaps years ago) and it is now JULY here in the beautiful Midwest, but just wanted to let you know that I not only giggled at your retelling of your craptastic day, but nearly drizzled, if you know what I mean. I’ve made many of your recipes and am letting you know that you are now my go-to for everything. Thanks Amanda <3 and have a great day today!

  • Kelli Solomon says:

    Hi Amanda,
    I just happened upon your recipe and I usually click on “jump to recipe” but stopped to read what you had to say!!! You, my friend are a natural comedian!!! Love your saying “craptastic day”!!!
    I too, have been there done ALL that!!! Your down to earth way is so refreshing!!!
    I’m making this bread tomorrow! It’s that time of year, everything zucchini!!!!!!
    Looking forward to following you!!!!!!!

  • Elle says:

    I read the comments and decided to make a bundt cake. I took out the bananas and half of the sugar, added the zest of one orange, added a fistful of shredded carrots and coated the bundt pan with spray oil and sugar. Also sprinkled sugar on top. I didn’t time the bake, just took it out of the oven when a sugary crust had formed and the cake pulled away from the edges. It was really good…a sweet crunchy edge with a moist cakey center.

  • Nancy Rasmussen says:

    You, my friend, are an amazing human being! I will definitely try this recipe!!!

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