Eggless Sweet Potato Banana Bread and Weekend Festivities

The much awaited and anticipated part of the year is here . The festive season ..Not only is it a time for religious observances and fasting for some  but also of  social mingling .donning our best desi attire and indulging in scrumptious Indian mithai . I will admit that no baking can even come close to a well prepared desi mithai . If the above statement reeks of bias , so be it . Coming back to "it's a season theme " how can I not mention that it is the season for Durga Puja festivities too ? My first time being part of the same was after my marriage ( perks of being married to a Bengali ) and since then I have been fortunate to experience it both in India and various parts of US . While the location and few others things may vary , great Bengali cuisine served at Pujo has always been a constant.
Here in the Carolinas, we had our Pujo celebrations a tad  bit early but that didn't dampen our spirit a wee bit. It was a fun weekend where we sought Durga Thakur's blessings , mingled with friends , enjoyed some entertaining cultural activities ( even an art contest thrown it ..the sketches pictured above are my daughter's  practice work for the same) and gorged on some great Bengali cuisine. All this heavenly  and heavy eating made for a very 
lazy Monday followed by a craving for something healthy . A look at my fruits baskets made me aware of some over ripe bananas . That followed by the discovery of some lonesome sweet potato made me decide on baking it sweet potato banana bread. The oats were an afterthought in keeping with the healthy craving.

1 1/2 cup oats flour 
2 ripe bananas
1 medium steamed sweet potato
4 tbsp honey
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 tsp chai masala powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil

Note :If you do not want to make it eggless, you can substitute the apple sauce foe one. Also, feel free to add more honey if you prefer it sweeter . The chai masala can be readily replaced by pumpkin pie spice if your taste vary from mine.

Method -
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a loaf pan .

Prepare the oatmeal flour by just giving the oats few quick turns in the food processor.
In a bowl . mash the bananas and sweet potato with the help of a fork . Few chunks left are absolutely fine.
Now , add the applesauce , vanilla extract and chai masala. Blend it all in with the help of spatula.
Time to add the honey and olive oil . Once again , use the spatula to mix it well.
The dry ingredients go in last (oats flour, baking soda, baking powder ,salt ) . Fold them gently in , making sure as to not overmix.
Transfer into a greased loaf pan . Level it with the back of spatula. You can sprinkle some almonds or any other nuts on top .(optional)
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack and enjoy later as a slice for breakfast or with my beverage of choice- tea.


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