Originally posted Feb 11, 2015. Updated as of March 2, 2018.
Banana. Bread. Baked. Oatmeal. This is a recipe I have been making for years and it's a family favorite! It's also always a hit when you need breakfast to serve a crowd (i.e. PSU Football weekends).
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 SO easy! Just wait, you'll see.
If my bananas are super ripe, sometimes I leave out the honey altogether! I have also made this recipe on multiple occasions using agave nectar, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Really, use whatever you have and whatever you like!
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. Eat it on a boat. Eat it with a goat.
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
[Gluten Free - Dairy Free - Naturally Sweetened]
4 ripe bananas
2 cups almond milk (or whatever milk you choose!)
1/4 cup honey (totally optional or add more or less depending on your tastes)
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups old fashioned oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray or coconut oil.
In a large bowl, mash up all 4 bananas and then add the eggs, almond milk, sweetener of your choice (if using) and vanilla extract, whisking to combine.
Then add dry ingredients: oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
Mix everything together well with a whisk. Pour oatmeal mixture into your cake pan, and sprinkle with toppings if desired. I usually just do a sprinkle of cinnamon!
Bake for 30-40 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.