Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread

If you like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, this bread is for you. Or loaf cake. Whatever you wanna call it is fine by me!

Lately, I’ve been all about the recipes you throw into a bowl and mix together. No mixer, no butter to cream. Not only is that absence of butter healthier, but the actual baking process is just a teeny bit simpler. So why not?

This particular bread is filling and hearty, but full of chocolate chips just to brighten your Friday morning breakfast. Anyone wanna argue with that? I didn’t think so.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread

If you’ve heard me talk about my job before (my other one, not the blogging gig) as a high school English teacher, you know I love it. There’s not much that is more energizing than spending the day teaching and learning, and if not for the whole having to grade papers thing, it would be the perfect job.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread

I’m heading into my 17th year as a teacher next year, and it’s given me a lot to reflect about. When I first began teaching, there was so much fear. I thought I wouldn’t be able to reach kids, or help them, or manage a classroom. And while I worked through those fears as the years went on, this job allows nobody to become complacent. The second I decide I have it all figured out is when I get knocked for a loop.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread

Humility is a huge part of staying successful in teaching, and probably in other fields as well. Every now and then we read about actors or athletes whose stars burn brightly and then explode (in a bad way). Among these stories is a common thread: they weren’t humble enough. They thought they were irreplaceable.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread

Sadly, we’re all expendable professionally. I might be a good teacher, but there are a bazillion more lined up and waiting to do my job, so I have to give it my all. And in order to do that, I need a good breakfast every morning before I face my amazing students.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread

This oatmeal chocolate chip bread is incredibly simple. As I mentioned, all you do is mix everything up. No special equipment is necessary. And when you’re done, the result is a not-too-sweet breakfast treat. Actually, I also ate it after work.

However you spend your professional time, it’s important to realize how lucky we are to be given opportunities. Having self-confidence is important, but translating that to an over-inflated sense of ego is where it can all go wrong. Β Be good enough, and strive to be great. But never forget that it takes constant effort and humility to keep your star in the sky.

 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup milk (almond milk also works)
1 and 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, applesauce, oil and milk. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for roughly an hour until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely. Cut into slices.
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Mir

I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    17 years as a teacher? That’s awesome, and you must really love it!
    Any way to make dessert that little bit healthier is good with me too.
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    1. Mir

      I do love it. It’s a wonderful job!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Easy treats are always the best! I love oatmeal cookies, so I’m sure this bread is delicious! Sounds like you’re a wonderful teacher, Mir! Some of my best friends are teachers (I also have a master’s in teaching) so I have the utmost respect for you all. Yay for this delicious bread and Friday!

    1. Mir

      If you have an MAT, then you definitely have a lot of background! Yay for teacher friends, too!

  3. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    Mir, my daughter is a third grade teacher (it’s her first year!), and I am in awe every single day about what she and all our teachers do every day. You have the most important job in the world, and THANK YOU for doing it! Meantime, I love that you have turned my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookie into bread!!!
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    1. Mir

      I hope she’s doing okay, Kate. The first year is the hardest!

  4. Amanda

    Congratulations on seventeen years! English was always by far my favorite subject. I have some serious love for gothic and sensation fiction.
    This is the perfect breakfast to me. First: chocolate chips. I mean, who wouldn’t want that? And I love recipes like this that you can mix up pretty quickly.
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    1. Mir

      I’m so glad you loved English! Sometimes people just look scared when I tell them what I do. πŸ™‚

  5. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    This bread looks amazing! So hearty and packed with goodness- love how easy it is to make. Pinning πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Medha! It’s so easy to make. Winning!

  6. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    So great that you love your job! I can just picture you being the best teacher ever, Mir! But, you don’t look old enough to have been teaching 17 years! πŸ˜‰ LOVE this bread!!! Oatmeal are my favorite cookies.. well in my top 3, so this bread is toe-ts screaming my name! Going to have to sub raisins for the chocolate chips, but I KNOW it will still be seriously delicious! Pinned! Cheers, doll!
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    1. Mir

      It’s all the Botox, Chey. πŸ˜‰

  7. annie@ciaochowbambina

    Oh my – I feel like I could pluck a piece of that bread right off the screen – or maybe it’s just wishful thinking…it’s actually both! Fabulous flavors going on here! I imagine you loving your work – as I’ve said before – your students are very lucky to have you – I bet you crack them up! Have a great weekend, Mir!
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    1. Mir

      You’re too sweet, Annie. They sometimes find me funny, but sometimes I wonder if they’re just laughing to humor me. πŸ™‚

  8. Manali @ CookWithManali

    Wow 17 years! that’s awesome Mir and you are absolutely right about the humility part…it’s so important! love easy breads like this! Pinning!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! Getting older fast…time flies!

  9. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking

    Definitely didn’t expect the applesauce! I’m very happy though: I wanted to try this “breakfast bread” thing so badly I baked a banana bread, and I don’t even like bananas. So I’ll give this a go, I love apples! Much better!

    1. Mir

      Applesauce is the best way to sub in for less healthy fats. I’m a fan. Hope you like it, Vivian!

  10. Kim | Low Carb Maven

    To be a teacher for 17 years is amazing. I admire your dedication to make a difference in children’s lives every day. My father was a High School math teacher after retiring from the Air Force and he said it was every bit as hard as being a pilot. This loaf looks so perfect and I love that it is so simple to make. Chocolate chips for breakfast? I say, yes!
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    1. Mir

      Your dad sounds pretty cool, Kim. I hope he loved his second career as much as the first!

  11. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I don’t think teachers are expendable, not good ones like you anyway. I’ve had (and my daughter too) some doozies that I wish would have been replaced! 17 years is such a huge achievement!
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    1. Mir

      I’ve definitely had my share of bad teachers too. I think that we remember those more than the really good ones, which is kind of too bad. But that’s human nature!

  12. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    I loved this post Mir. πŸ™‚ Something to think about for sure. Just so you know, English was always my best subject in school. LOL This oatmeal chocolate chip bread sounds so yummy. I love that it has oatmeal in it. We have really been trying to incorporate more healthy into our lives in my house. I think you get the both of both worlds with this recipe. Love it!
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    1. Mir

      I love it when people loved English class!

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