What’s cake-like, infused with the warm flavours of cinnamon and vanilla, tastes like a decadent dessert, keeps well in the fridge for a quick meal, looks beautiful, AND has the nutritional profile of a well-balanced breakfast?
Baked oatmeal. Not just any baked oatmeal, though – baked banana oatmeal is where it’s at. While many baked oatmeal recipes call for quite a bit of oil and sugar, This wonderful recipe swaps it all out in favour of a moisture-inducing and naturally sweet banana.
In my opinion, the best part about baked oatmeal is that you can dress it up any way you like. I like topping mine with nut butter (ALWAYS), and sometimes yogurt, berries, or seeds. It is so versatile, and you can essentially plop anything from your fridge on top of a hearty oatmeal square.
Blackberries, almond butter, and yogurt with a cinnamon sprinkle make a killer combination, but I’ve also topped it with chocolate sunflower butter, which you can make by microwaving sunflower butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, a pinch of salt, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder. To. Die. For.
You could even decorate it with extra banana pre-bake to make it look like this, and I think it’s cute. 🙂
You must give this easy, delicious, and economical recipe a try! I always make it on Monday afternoons and reheat it on Tuesday and Thursday mornings when I have 8 AM classes. Simply the best!
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
- Coconut oil (or other neutral oil, like canola, butter, or grapeseed) for greasing
- 1 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if needed)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch nutmeg (optional)
- 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)
- 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!
I just finished my lunch but could honestly eat another square of this right now. 🙂 If you’ve never had baked oatmeal, it tastes like a cross between a muffin, a granola bar, and custard. In other words, it tastes absolutely amazing.
Make some for tomorrow?
Have a happy rest of the week, everyone!