Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

banana bread baked oatmeal

Gobble gobble! This weekend is Canada’s Thanksgiving weekend. Although I love any excuse to unbutton my jeans and eat a ridiculous amount of turkey, potatoes and pumpkin pie (duh), I have to say it feels WAY too early this year! Maybe because most of my food blogging world won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving for another month and a half? More likely it has something to do with my resistance to all things winter. Did you read that we already had snow!? Luckily most of it has melted and we’re back to beautiful weather.

Thanksgiving weekend or not, you are bound to need a heart-warming breakfast that is worthy of guests, but simple enough to make for your own little family. Let me introduce you to yet another of my favourite ways to use those brown bananas!

banana bread baked oatmeal

I use bananas so, so often in my baking. Banana bread, breakfast cookies, muffins, frozen in a smoothie bowl – the list is endless. I will actually buy 2 bunches of bananas when I go grocery shopping; one for eating (Wally loves his morning “nana”), and one to let ripen to use for all sorts of things.

When I’ve got some ripe bananas, this banana bread baked oatmeal is never far from my mind. Who doesn’t want to wake up to the smell of banana bread fresh from the oven? This oatmeal is a quick and easy way to capture the smell and taste of banana bread, but with half the bake time and much less work. Plus you get a huge helping of oats in the process!

Have you ever had baked oatmeal? If not, you’re totally missing out! It’s like oatmeal in a cake form. It’s much more solid than regular oatmeal, and the best part is you can make a large batch and keep it in the fridge for breakfast multiple times during the week. Banana bread is one of my favourite flavours, but you can experiment with so many different varieties, like my strawberry-streusel baked oatmeal!

For this recipe, you’ll need two large, ripe bananas. Mash them up, ensuring you get rid of all of the big lumps – my favourite tool for the job is a fork.

Along with the mashed bananas, you’ll be combining honey, vanilla, an egg and some melted butter. I use almond milk in this recipe, but you could use regular dairy milk or even coconut milk. The wet ingredients get combined with the dry, and the oatmeal mixture gets poured into a baking dish; I use an 8×8 casserole dish but you could also bake this in a 9″ round dish.

My favourite part about this baked oatmeal? The crunchy walnuts on top!! If you want to take it another step, you could toast the walnuts beforehand for a nice toasty crunch and flavour, but I usually skip that as I’ve got kids pulling on my legs in anticipation for breakfast.

The oatmeal only takes 25 minutes in the oven – just enough time to get the table set and maybe even make some whipped cream to go on top!?

It may not be Thanksgiving for you this weekend, but either way I hope you are able to make some new memories with friends and family, with good food and great company!

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

banana bread baked oatmeal

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

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Yield 6 servings

Every morning should start with the smell and taste of banana bread, but with all of the heartiness and goodness of oats. Ready in 25 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats (large flake)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large, ripe bananas (~1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup honey*
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups milk*
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (toasting optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an 8"x8" or 9" baking dish.Β 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, peel and mash the bananas until no large lumps remain. Add the honey and egg, beating the egg lightly before combining. Whisk the ingredients together, then add in the vanilla extract and milk. Slowly whisk in the melted butter, whisking quickly to combine.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring just until mixed together. Pour the mixture into the greased baking dish, and scatter the walnuts on top, lightly pressing them into the oatmeal. Bake for 25 minutes or until the oatmeal no longer looks wet in the middle. Serve immediately, topped with sliced banana, more walnuts and/or whipped cream.

Any leftovers keep very well in the fridge, 4-5 days in an airtight container. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven at 325 F for 15 minutes.

Notes

  1. Honey can be substituted with maple or agave syrup.
  2. I used almond milk, but another non-dairy or dairy milk can be substituted.

banana bread baked oatmeal

Β If you love this recipe, you’ll love my strawberry streusel baked oatmeal!

strawberry streusel baked oatmeal

 

 

 

 

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34 Comments

  1. I haven’t tasted baked oatmeal earlier..I know what I am missing now! This is such a convenient and healthy breakfast Kathy!! I love the addition of walnuts on the top! I won’t mind throwing in some chocolate chips too!!

  2. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Katherine! Baked oatmeal is one of our favorite breakfasts and we would absolutely devour this banana version!

  3. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    We are so thinking alike! I’ve been tweaking an overnight banana bread recipe but I don’t know if it compares to this! I want to do a face plant into that baking dish. Have I ever mentioned just how much I love oatmeal? Well I loooooove the stuff, and eat it for breakfast almost every day. Have a great rest of your weekend, and a happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Oats and banana is the best combo in the whole wide world. Baked oatmeal is the perfect answer, when you don’t want stand next to a hot stove, stirring oats. This looks comforting, easy and delicious. PiNNING!

  5. Hey Katherine, this looks so yumm. I love oats Its really light and the way you presented the dish its’ really superb. Loved the combination of Banana and Oats. I will surely gonna try this asap. Looking forward to more yummy recipe like this, Best wishes and Regards.

  6. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! And I definitely hope you are way too much and had to put on stretchy waist pants. Lol. I mean, you just gotta, right?! I am loving this baked oatmeal!! Banana bread is one of my favorite things ever, so this is totally calling my name!! Cheers, girl!
    P.s. Snow?! Already?! Wowza.

  7. ***ATE way too much. Dang auto correct on my phone sucks and corrects to things that make zero sense!

  8. I think the crunchy walnuts on top would be my favourite part too! And you know what? I have bananas sitting on my counter just waiting to be used. So, like you, today is a holiday so I’m sitting here with coffee in hand and no breakfast yet. How perfect would this be right now? I can practically smell it πŸ™‚ P.S. calories don’t count on holidays….or weekends….or special occasions so eat away at that turkey, girlfriend πŸ˜‰ Pinned! Happy Thanksgiving! XO

    • Aaah I hope that you took the plunge and tried it out!! So nice to have a holiday Monday right? I enjoyed my Thanksgiving dinner maybe a little toooo much hah! Hope you had a great holiday weekend – and a great start to the (short) week! Cheers!

  9. I bet your kitchen smelled amazing while this was baking Katherine! Can’t believe you’ve already had snow! Yikes!

  10. Katherine! Yum, Yum, Yum!!! I absolutely love baked oatmeal and you CAN make so many variations, it’s insane! I do the same thing when I buy bananas, eat one bunch and save the rest for something to bake. I could eat this every morning and not get sick of it. Comforting and delish! Pinned!

  11. I have no will power around banana bread so I think I’ll have to make a batch of this banana bread baked oatmeal and get my fix without all the guilt for eating half a loaf!!! It sounds wonderful!

  12. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    Snooooow, so cool, especially considering the fact we have had around 25-30 with humidex lately. I agree to exchange;) Just joking, I’m fine for now. I do love baked oatmeal! I rarely bake with bananas (cause baked goods often turn a little soggy thanks to them), but incorporating them into oatmeal is a different story. I tried baked oatmeal 3 years ago first time, and since that I’ve been enjoying it quite often. You’ve given me a good idea – I need to make baked oatmeal again…I’ll just wait until isn’t so hot outside haha.

    • Aaah I’m so jealous of your warm weather out East!! It’s really making me consider making a move!! I’m glad you’re on the baked oatmeal bandwagon, Ben! It’s life changing!! I wish I could send you some of our cooler weather so you could try it out sooner rather than later! Cheers!

  13. A woman after my heart!!! I LOVE oatmeal, especially the baked kind!
    Also, I totally agree. Thanksgiving felt way to early this year. I made a HUGE ham, so leftovers for dayyyss

  14. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! You’ve got to love the holiday: it’s the one day when we can unbutton our pants without being judged πŸ™‚ This baked oatmeal sounds SO good!! I can almost smell it baking. t’s a welcoming healthy breakfast after a day of feasting.

  15. Hello,
    Your baked banana oatmeal looks so tasty but I wanted to know if it was compulsory to put butter into the mixture…

  16. Oatmeal is my favorite!! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! This would be perfect for breakfast over the holidays πŸ™‚

  17. Thank you ! The banana bread baked oatmeal looks seriously delicious, I will try it soon ! I love oatmeal so much too >u< .

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