This banana walnut baked oatmeal tastes so similar to banana bread, you won’t even realize it’s actually a healthy breakfast option!
I love breakfast!
It’s one of my favorite meals of the day and I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have! I mean, what other meal allows you to eat sweets such as pancakes, waffles or this oatmeal and consider it a “meal?” My sweet tooth is all over this one! It satisfies my sweets craving first thing in the morning, without being overly sweet. I like to consider this dish “healthy-ish.” It has a full serving in oats (with 4 grams of fiber) in every portion, which helps keep me full until lunch comes around. You can even top it with additional banana slices to help get another fruit serving into your morning meal.
This is one of my favorite breakfasts for a busy work week. When I make this dish solely for myself for weekday breakfasts, I make it without the brown sugar and just drizzle a little sugar free pancake syrup on top instead. Speaking of taking to work, this is a great dish you can make on Sunday and then have throughout the week. I put individual pieces in glass tupperware containers and then re-heat it at work. Sometimes I splash a little milk on top before I go to help moisten it up if it’s been a few days since I’ve made it. This dish is one of my favorite ways to start the day and I hope it becomes one of yours too!
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1½ tsp. cinnamon
- 1 medium-large banana, mashed
- 1¾ cups milk (I used almond milk)
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup walnuts, chopped
- Optional toppings: Banana slices, additional walnuts, pancake syrup
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray.
- Mix first 4 ingredients together in a large bowl
- Pour milk into a medium sized bowl. Add the eggs and whisk until combined. Whisk in the mashed banana. Don't worry, there will still be lumps of banana, but that's fine
- Pour milk mixture over dry ingredients. Stir to combine and let sit for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, pour oatmeal into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the ⅓ cup of chopped walnuts on top.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the center is set and top has slightly browned. Eat right away or let cool and re-heat later.