This delicious and heart-healthy bread is great for everyone, including folks living with diabetes. Filled with whole grains and a touch of raw honey, this bread will nourish your heart and soul!  Just look at those chunks of banana and beautiful blueberries!

This recipe makes one large loaf AND about one dozen muffins! I always use muffin liners because it helps to keep the muffins moist!  Who wants to eat a dry muffin, right?

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

1/2 c. raw honey

1/3 c. olive oil, that’s right, olive oil!

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/4 c. plain yogurt or sour cream

The beautiful zest of one orange… be sure to stop and smell the orange…that’s right…the orange!

The juice of that orange-let’s not be wasteful after all :)

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract, notice my emphasis on “pure”  :)

3 or 4 large bananas

1 c. King Arthur whole wheat flour

1 c. King Arthur unbleached all-purpose  flour

3/4 c. rolled oats, plus a little extra rolled oats for the top

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 c. fresh blueberries

1 c. chopped walnuts, optional

In a large bowl, mash your bananas with a fork.  Add raw honey, eggs, olive oil and mix well.  Add plain yogurt or sour cream, orange zest and juice.  Mix well.  In another bowl combine your dry ingredients and mix.  Add fresh blueberries to coat with flour.  When berries, chips or nuts are coated in flour they will not sink to the bottom of your baked good! :)  Fold dry mixture into wet just until combined.  Try not to overwork your flour.

Place your batter into a greased loaf pan and a muffin pan that has been lined with paper liners.  Pour batter about 3/4 of the way up and sprinkle with extra rolled oats.  Bake your loaf for about one hour or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out.  The muffins take less time, about 20 minute or so.  Check doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center.  If the toothpick comes out clean, your muffins are ready to eat!

This is a great recipe to wrap up and give to a neighbor, a sick friend or just someone needing a little love!  Don’t we all need a little surprise and love once in a while!? :)