Hi everyone! How are you all doing? I hope you’re having a great week so far.
If you’re not, look no further – this delicious breakfast will energize you for the whole day – and you’ll have leftovers for the next day! The pictures below don’t quite do this recipe justice – it is SO much more flavourful and tasty than it looks. Did I mention that it legitimately tastes like sweet, creamy banana bread? With warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, plus a little splash of vanilla, this baked oatmeal recipe will remind you of the best banana loaf you’ve ever had. Bonus – it smells incredible in the oven, while it’s baking! Also, this healthy recipe is filled with fibre (from the oats), protein from the egg (and the nut butter, if you decide to serve it with a scoop of that!), and a serving of fruit and healthy fat. Seriously… make this oatmeal.
I generally like stove-top oatmeal for busy mornings, but baked oats are my weekend favourite. I like making a big batch and sharing with my mom (who usually has a side of toast or potatoes), and still have leftovers for busy school mornings. Baked oatmeal is awesome because there are basically four steps: mix wet, mix dry, mix together, and bake. 🙂 Seriously, anyone can make this. I whip this up right when I wake up, then go for a walk with Mom + dog, or take a shower, or do my Calculus homework, or read… you have 35 minutes before you can dig in. 😛
Another awesome thing about this recipe is that you can double it easily. I don’t know about halving it because I haven’t tried it yet, but why not make a larger batch so you can have it again tomorrow? Or why not TRIPLE this recipe to serve 6-7 people and serve it at brunch? They’ll love it!
Anyways, the recipe is super easy. Simply mix together the dry ingredients (oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder).
Mash up a big banana…
And whisk an egg in. Add some milk – you can use any type of milk, and we used almond milk because that’s what we had on hand. Cow’s/dairy/rice/hemp/soy/coconut/etc. would also work, of course. 🙂 Unsweetened vanilla almond milk and dairy milk are my favourites, though. 😛
Add some vanilla…
Then, pour in the dry ingredients and them dump into a greased ramekin. I like greasing baking dishes with coconut oil!
Perfect! Into the oven it goes.
And done! Yum. I love that little puff and crack in the middle.
I am SO ready to dig in!
I had way more than this, by the way. 😉 Just an amuse bouche. Between my mom and I, we can finish a serving for FOUR (well, I guess I eat 3.5 servings). It’s just SO good!
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Yield: Serves 3 (or 2 hungry people)
- Coconut oil (or other neutral oil, like canola, butter, or grapeseed) for greasing
- 1 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if needed)
- 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
- Big pinch nutmeg (a scant 1/8 tsp)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt (I like using a big pinch of sea salt)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk (I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but you can use regular dairy milk)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup *OPTIONAL: I usually leave this out because our bananas are super ripe
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sliced bananas
- Other fruit, like blueberries or raspberries
- Sunflower seeds
- Coconut oil
- Peanut or almond butter
- Maple syrup drizzle
- Honey drizzle
- Chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a big ramekin.
- In a mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and stir.
- In a separate mixing bowl, mash the banana. Add the egg and whisk them together.
- Add the remaining “wet” ingredients and stir.
- Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry and stir to combine.
- Pour this mixture into the oiled baking pan.
- Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until the center tests clean.
- Scoop into bowls and serve with suggested toppings!
Last thing: you can also add things like flax, chopped nuts, chia, or nut butter before baking, but I prefer using them as toppings. Speaking of toppings, my all-time favourite toppings are honey Greek yogurt mixed with flax and cinnamon and a huge scoop of peanut butter. The peanut butter gets all melty and it’s just amazing. 🙂 Almond butter and maple are also great. And – OMG, I just thought of this – what about almond butter, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips? Or raspberries and honey? Blueberries and maple syrup? You really can’t go wrong with this “base” recipe.
Great, now I have to make this tomorrow. 😉
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next post – I have another recipe that I am so excited to share. Have a great (and yummy!) week. 🙂