Banana baked oatmeal is an easy and healthy breakfast for kids. And a healthier and more filling form of classic banana bread.
I don’t know about you, but I could eat banana bread for breakfast almost everyday! My family could too, but lets be honest, my hips would not be thanking me. Luckily for us, we can eat banana baked oatmeal that is much better for us and just as delicious! Adding chocolate chips makes it irresistible to even the pickiest members of my family.
Make ahead breakfasts are a life saver for me, so I make a double batch of baked oatmeal every other week and freeze one for the next week. If we’re having a busy morning, all I have to do is grab the pan out of the freezer, pop it in the oven to thaw and you’d never know it wasn’t baked fresh that day! My kids like to slather it in cream cheese because they’re a little extra like that.
I keep talking about my kids loving it but really, its one of my husband’s favorite weekday breakfasts too. He eats breakfast at work, so we pack a piece of baked oatmeal the night before and he can reheat it at work for an easy made at home meal!
And if you’re like me and have a hard time loving the texture of regular stovetop oatmeal, then this is the option for you! Oatmeal that you can slice and eat with a fork is more up my alley.
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Why You’ll Like This Recipe:
- tastes like banana nut muffins – but healthier and easier to make
- super easy to make – you literally just mix everything together and stick it in the oven!
- one bowl – you can mix the whole recipe together in one bowl
- quick to make – it takes about 10 minutes to mix up a pan of 12 servings
- healthy – this recipe is high in fiber, potassium and protein and made without any refined sugars. A great meal to start your day with!
- make ahead breakfast – this recipe tastes great reheated in the microwave or oven
- freezes well – baked oatmeal is a great freezer breakfast because it thaws out well and tastes just as good reheated as it does when its made fresh
healthy Banana Baked Oatmeal Ingredients:
- bananas – for flavor, texture and sweetness. Make sure they are completely mashed.
- oats – rolled old fashioned oats.
- milk – cows milk, almond milk and coconut milk all work well. I like to use whey leftover from making Greek yogurt.
- honey – for sweetness.
- nuts – pecans or walnuts for texture (optional)
- greek yogurt – adds a tanginess and creamier texture. I love using my homemade Greek yogurt in this recipe!
- vanilla extract – using homemade vanilla makes this banana baked oatmeal taste like a soft cookie.
- salt – to enhance the sweetness and flavor.
- cinnamon – for that spiced banana bread flavor.
- chocolate chips – any kind: mini, semisweet, dark, chunks…
- eggs – to hold the baked oatmeal together.
- baking powder – to help it to rise a bit.
How to Make healthy banana Baked Oatmeal:
Preheat oven and Prepare Baking Dish – Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish with spray oil or butter.
Whisk Together the Wet Ingredients – In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey, milk, Greek yogurt, vanilla and mashed bananas.
Add the Dry Ingredients – With a large wooden spoon, stir in the cinnamon, baking powder, salt, oats, nuts and chocolate chips until well blended.
Pour into Baking Dish and Bake – Pour the banana baked oatmeal mixture into the prepared pan and bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes or until the middle seems firm to the touch.
Cut into Squares and Serve – Wait 10 minutes before cutting. This recipe is best eaten warm right out of the oven and topped with cream cheese, bananas and maple syrup.
FAQ about healthy banana baked oatmeal
Can you Freeze Baked Oatmeal?
Yes! Just cover tightly with aluminum foil and freeze for up to a month in the freezer. When you want to enjoy your banana bread baked oatmeal for breakfast, just pop it in the oven with the foil still on for about 30 minutes on 300 degrees.
My favorite thing about this recipe is that it can easily be doubled (you just need a very large mixing bowl!) and frozen for later. Its always nice on busy mornings to remember that there is a breakfast already prepared that just needs to be warmed up and enjoyed. So I can say I’m serving up a hot healthy breakfast for my kids without doing any work! Woohoo!
What does healthy Banana Baked Oatmeal Taste Like?
It tastes like a cross between a granola bar, banana bread and oatmeal. In other words, YUM! Unlike traditional stovetop oatmeal that has a mushy texture (which I personally don’t love) baked oatmeal is more like a bread pudding in texture and can be sliced and eaten with a fork. Great for young kids learning to feed themselves since it can be cut up and is much less messy!
Can You Use Non-Dairy Milk in Baked Oatmeal?
Yes. I have made this recipe with almond milk and it tastes great! (Maybe even better)
Tips for success:
Bananas – use bananas that are plenty ripe. Lots of brown spots! This will help naturally sweeten your baked oatmeal and give it a nice moist texture.
To Store – in the fridge for up to a week or sealed tight in the freezer for up to a month.
To Serve – let sit for 10 minutes before slicing so that your squares are not too messy.
Variations – Make this healthy breakfast more fun for your kids by switching up the toppings from time to time!
Baked banana Oatmeal Toppings:
- Peanut Butter
- Honey or Maple Syrup
- Chopped Nuts
- Chocolate Chips
- Cream Cheese
- Sliced Fruit
more healthy breakfast recipes on the blog:
If you liked this recipe, I think you’ll really enjoy these other healthy breakfasts on the blog!
- Chocolate Overnight Oats
- Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal
- Healthy Jumbo Banana Muffins
- Chunky Date and Pecan Granola
I hope you love this recipe for healthy banana baked oatmeal! If you make it, I’d love for you to come back and leave a comment and rating so that I know how you like it!
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