Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

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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

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Serves:  16

Ingredients:
4 ripe bananas
4 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups almond milk (or whatever milk you choose!)
2 eggs
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt

Optional Toppings:
chocolate chips
chopped walnuts
cinnamon & sugar

Instructions:

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.





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