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Banana. Bread. Baked. Oatmeal.
First, think about banana bread -- a moist, delicious baked good that is usually not the healthiest thing in the world. Sugar, white flour, oil/butter. You get it. DELICIOUS. Then, think about oatmeal -- a healthy but sometimes boring breakfast. It has fiber and protein, but can be kind of bland. Gloopy. Is gloopy a word? Word or not, it's a completely accurate description of plain oatmeal.
THEN... Imagine the two of them getting together to form a delicious love child, with the best parts of each shining through. That's what this Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal is. It's made with old fashioned oats, mashed banana, almond milk, and a touch of honey for sweetness. Not an unhealthy ingredient in sight - yet it somehow comes together into this dense, moist, almost cake-like banana goodness. And it is easy! Just wait, you'll see.
You must make this. Make a giant pan and eat it all week for breakfast. Freeze it for later. Eat it hot. Eat it cold. Put a scoop of ice cream on top. Oh was I talking about being healthy? Sorry, got carried away.
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
4 ripe bananas
4 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups almond milk (or whatever milk you choose!)
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
cinnamon & sugar
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x13 pan or two 8x8 pans with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mash up all 4 bananas and then add ALL of the other ingredients (oats through salt).
Mix everything together well with a whisk. Pour oatmeal mixture into your cake pan, and sprinkle with toppings if desired. This time, I did half mini chocolate chips, half walnuts/cinnamon/sugar.
TIP: Swirl your toppings into the oats a little bit with a butter knife or rubber spatula.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until edges are slightly browned and the middle is set/kind of firm.
Allow to cool for a few minutes, and serve it up! Or cut into squares and store in the refrigerator.