Banana Bread (Training Food)

I love this recipe because it is quick and easy. I can throw it together in a matter of minutes. This is a modified version of my Nanna’s banana bread. It is a little more dense than normal, which is great because it does not fall apart in your jersey.

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup plain flour

1/2 cup oat flour (just use your blender to grind up some rolled oats) or sub and extra 1/2 whole wheat flour

4 oz butter – let it soften

2 eggs

3/8 cup maple syrup (if this hurts your head it is one 1/4 cup plus another half a 1/4 cup. ;-))

1/4 cup white sugar

2 ripe bananas mashed – If you have an old mushy banana even better. I throw old bananas when they are really dark in the freezer – while I am letting the butter soften, I get them out. Be sure to save the juices as they unfreeze.

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

Actual picture of banana bread right before it was wrapped in foil before a ride. ;-)


  1. Mash the bananas and set aside.
  2. Mix butter (let it soften) and sugar with an electric mixer for 2 minutes 
  3. Add Maple Syrup and eggs – mix for one minute
  4. Mix in bananas for 1 minute
  5. Add flour (1/2 cup at a time) – mix in by hand so flour does not fly everywhere
  6. Add vanilla & baking power

Bake for 40 minutes @ 340F — NOTE >> I live just above 7000ft – see suggestions below if you do not live at altitude.  If you make adjustments, please let me know and I will update this post.




Adjustments if you live below 5000ft

  1. Add 1/8 teaspoon baking powder: 
  2. May need to increase sugar or maple syrup by 1-2 tablespoons
  3. Increase liquid: Add 1 tablespoon of milk
  4. Decrease oven temperature by 25 degrees F.

Pro Tip - from a below average baker

When measuring your flour, spoon it into your measuring cup. Don’t scoop directly into your measuring cup. This will pack it down and be too much flour. 😉

One Loaf (Estimate)
* 205 – Whole Wheat Flour
* 225 – Regular Flour
* 155 – Oat Flour
* 160 – Banana
* 195 – Sugar
* 315 – Maple Syrup
* 140 – Eggs
* 815 – Butter

=2210 Calories.

(I get about 9 slices = 245 per slice)