Banana Bread Oatmeal

I’ve had this recipe up my sleeve for about a week and a half now, but just haven’t had time to post it… I’ve been enjoying this breakfast gem in secret all week!

After the half-way success of the gingerbread baked oatmeal, I decided that what makes a truly good baked oatmeal is fruit or vegetable puree (like the pumpkin puree in the baked pumpkin pie oatmeal). It provides thickness, body, and moisture. So, banana bread oatmeal, with mashed up bananas, was a natural next step. I basically just used the pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe and tweaked it to be banana bread flavored. I am happy to report, it was every bit as much of a success as the pumpkin pie oatmeal!

This baked oatmeal is moist, fluffy, thick, hearty and delicious. It tastes just like the best banana bread you’ve ever had and is 10x healthier (very little fat, lower sugar, and tons of fiber). It’s just an all around win!

One more interesting thing about this oatmeal: it’s nice and golden brown when it finishes baking, but as it sits in the fridge during the week it turns a little grey… but that’s just the bananas oxidizing like a peeled banana would if it sat on your countertop. It didn’t affect the flavor at all. So, don’t let that scare you!

Banana Bread Oatmeal

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

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Total Cost: $3.57
Cost Per Serving: $0.46
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups (about 3-4 medium) mashed bananas $0.98
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar $0.11
  • 2 large eggs $0.32
  • ½ tsp salt $0.02
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract $0.14
  • ½ tsp baking powder $0.02
  • ½ tsp baking soda $0.02
  • 2 cups milk $0.75
  • 2½ cups old-fashioned oats $0.43
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon $0.02
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg $0.02
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts $0.84
Instructions
  1. Begin preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Mash the bananas well with a fork. Measure the bananas to make sure you have about 1.5 cups.
  2. Whisk the mashed bananas together with the brown sugar, eggs, salt, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Next whisk in the milk, then stir in the oats. Roughly chop the walnuts and stir them in as well.
  3. Spray the inside of a glass baking dish (8×8 inch or similar size) with non-stick spray. Pour in the oat mixture. Cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes or until the center is solid and the edges are slightly golden brown.
  4. Serve warm or refrigerate and enjoy cold!

 

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Step By Step Photos

mash bananasStart by mashing your bananas. The more ripe the bananas are, the easier they are to mash. Bananas can seem dry and hard to mash at first, but they tend to get more moist and mushy the more you mash.

measure mashed bananasMeasure the bananas. You want about 1.5 cups. This took me about four medium sized bananas. Start with three and then mash more as neeeded

other ingredientsWhisk the mashed bananas together with the brown sugar, eggs, salt, vanilla, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda.

mixedAnd then it will look like this.

add milkNext, whisk in the milk.

add oatsThen stir in the old-fashioned oats.

chop walnutsRoughly chop the walnuts and stir them into the mixture.

pour in baking dishPour it all into a non-stick coated glass baking dish. Cover this with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil after 30 minutes and bake for another 15 minutes or until the center is solid and the edges are golden brown.

baked oatmealWhen it comes out, it is golden brown and delicious looking. This picture really does not do it justice. It is AH-MAZ-ING.

golden brownYou can see how it’s kind of golden brown on the edges. Yummmmm.

baked banana bread oatmealIt’s fantastic plain but I like it with a little milk, and maybe some maple syrup, or even some whipped cream. DELISH! …and very hearty. Because the bananas are so sweet, I might even try it with less brown sugar next time!