If you are lucky enough, there may be one day a week where everyone actually gets to sit down and eat breakfast together. It’s certainly a luxury, but when it happens, it’s priceless. It’s rare in our house as well and it’s just the two of us. When we get to sit down to breakfast together, the day just seems to start with a little more sunshine.
This weekend, Sunday will be that day for us. If we are lucky, we will get to sip our coffee on the patio while the dog tries to sniff out the bunny that taunts him daily from under our shed.
What’s the best part about this Sunday’s breakfast? Well, there will be Banana Bread. And not just any kind of Banana Bread, there will be freshly made Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal. My love of oats is for real and baked oatmeal is my newest obsession, so get ready for several more recipes just like this one.
The great thing about baked oatmeal is that you can make it the night before and then have it ready for the next day. All it takes is a little warm up and maybe a drizzle of maple syrup and it’s ready. You can cut a piece and eat it on the go or you can eat it with a fork just like cake…well, oatmeal cake I guess!
This recipe can be made dairy free and gluten free. It can also be made vegan friendly. As always, I only use real, whole food ingredients so you can be happy about what you are putting into your body! So whether you are lucky enough to sit down together as a family or it is one of those days that everyone is racing out the door, a good wholesome breakfast can still be shared to start your day right!
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
- 2 1/2 c rolled oats regular or gluten free
- 1 1/2 cup milk of choice I used unsweetened almond milk
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup more if you prefer sweeter
- 1 egg or flax egg
- 2 T coconut oil melted
- 1 T cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 c chopped pecans or walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a mixing bowl, mash one banana.
- Add egg, milk, vanilla, salt, and coconut oil and whisk.
- Cut second banana into very small pieces.
- Add in oats, cut banana, cinnamon, baking powder, maple and pecans and stir until combined.
- Pour into an 8x8 baking dish very lightly coated with coconut oil.
- Bake for about 30-35 minutes. The edges will begin to brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup or with a few slices of banana for garnish.