Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

To get Maria Makes updates delivered to your inbox, subscribe via email here.
Originally posted Feb 11, 2015. Updated as of March 2, 2018.

Banana Oats_over7.jpg

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]

IMG_2795.JPG

Ingredients:

4 ripe bananas
2 eggs
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

Optional Toppings:
chocolate chips
chopped walnuts
cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray or coconut oil.  
  2. 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.
  3. Then add dry ingredients: oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. 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!
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until edges are slightly browned and the middle is set/kind of firm.
  6. Allow to cool for a few minutes, and serve it up!  Or cut into squares and store in the refrigerator.

PIN IT FOR LATER!

 Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal – Maria Makes: One bowl, no mixer, less than 10 ingredients, breakfast for the entire week! It's like banana bread and oatmeal had a baby.

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal – Maria Makes: One bowl, no mixer, less than 10 ingredients, breakfast for the entire week! It's like banana bread and oatmeal had a baby.