I have never been a huge fan of oatmeal. I just don’t care for the slimy glue like texture that seems to seems result in cooking it the traditional way. On top of that, I always had to add lots of extra sugar just to make it palatable. However, my whole outlook on oatmeal changed when I discovered the wonders of baked oatmeal. If you have never had baked oatmeal or need some convincing to give a try, here’s my top five reasons why you should love baked oatmeal.
Top Five Reasons to Love Baked Oatmeal
- It’s easy to prepare. You can even throw it together the night before and bake it in the morning.
- It makes great leftovers. Just re-heat and enjoy!
- It isn’t slimy like a regular bowl of oatmeal. Plus, if you like your oatmeal a little less dense, all you have to do is stir in some milk.
- It’s a healthy and satisfying breakfast. Baking the oatmeal with fruit and spices helps meld the flavors throughout, so no more dumping tons of sugar in your oatmeal just to make you want to eat it.
- It tastes delicious!
Alright, so now that you are convinced, let’s talk about this fabulous recipe for banana nut baked oatmeal.
I don’t know if you are like me but I buy bananas almost every week so I usually have some on hand. However, this can also mean that if I am not able to eat them before they turn too brown, I end up putting them in the freezer with the intention of using them for baking.
Guess how many bananas I have in my freezer? I have no clue either, but I will tell you that it’s a lot, enough to get my husband to tell me (more than once) that I need to start using them up before they take over all of our freezer space.
So when a friend of mine posted this recipe for banana peanut butter baked oatmeal, the wheels in my head started turning. I looked up a few other recipes and got to work on crafting a new version. I decided I would forgo the peanut butter but I love anything with banana and walnuts so my version of banana nut baked oatmeal was born. The finished product tastes like banana bread but it’s much healthier since it’s flour-less and uses a lot less sugar.
Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 9 servings
Serving Size: 1 square
This banana nut baked oatmeal tastes just like banana bread but without the flour and extra sugar!
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons ground flax or chia (or blend of both)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 medium bananas, mashed
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- banana slices and additional milk (optional)
- Combine oats, brown sugar, flax, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In another bowl, combine mashed bananas, coconut oil, butter, egg, milk and vanilla.
- Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
- Stir in chopped walnuts.
- Lightly grease an 8×8 square baking dish. Pour oatmeal into the dish and spread evenly.
- Place in a 350° oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cut into squares and serve with banana slices and additional milk if desired.
If you want to make up the oatmeal the night before and bake it in the morning, just cover the unbaked oatmeal and place in the fridge until you are ready to bake.
This baked oatmeal stays together more like oatmeal bars. However, you can easily add a little milk into a bowl of crumbled pieces of the oatmeal if you would rather eat more like cereal.
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What is your favorite way to enjoy oatmeal?