I hope everyone had a lovely long holiday weekend. For my non-American readers, I hope you had a lovely regular weekend. Either way, I took a mini-vacation from my blog, but I’m back with a hearty breakfast that is perfect for this time of year. There is nothing better than a warm breakfast on a chilly late autumn morning. Cold cereal just doesn’t do the trick.
I love regular, creamy oatmeal, but this baked oatmeal is great for a few reasons. First, it’s an interesting cross between a bowl of oatmeal and an oatmeal cookie. You can’t go wrong with (healthy!) dessert for breakfast.
Second, it creates leftovers that can be easily reheated for quick breakfasts the next couple of days after baking it. It even makes a great little snack when you cut off a piece and eat it cold, like a granola bar.
Fork optional. Not that I would know anything about that.
Baked Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal
This healthy, low-sugar baked oatmeal is bursting with peanut butter and banana flavors and will keep you warm on chilly mornings!
Makes 6-8 servings
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
1 large egg
2 medium bananas, one mashed well with a fork and one sliced
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a medium sized casserole dish (I used a 2 qt. oval shaped dish) and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add the milk, egg, 1 mashed banana, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix well.
Pour the mixture into the greased dish. If you want to add the sliced banana before baking, it browns some but tastes delicious. Alternatively, add the sliced banana to the top after baking. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until your desired consistency is reached. I cook mine the entire 30 minutes and it is almost bar-like. If you want a creamier, less-held-together texture, reduce the baking time.
Have a great week and I hope you get the chance to try this baked oatmeal. It doesn’t disappoint.