If you only have one banana, make this Banana Bread Baked Oats recipe! It comes together in minutes using simple ingredients, has added protein, tastes like our favorite banana treat, and will keep you full and satisfied until lunch!
Banana Bread Baked Oats – our all-time favorite treat turned into a healthy breakfast? Here for it!
You could actually call this baked oatmeal lazy banana bread as it tastes like actual banana bread but is way quicker to make. Trust me, once you realize how easy it is to make, you’ll put this on constant rotation.
This is a perfect breakfast for those days when we find ourselves with that one lonely ripe banana and we want to do something with it (ideally, make bread). As this recipe only requires 1 banana for making banana bread baked oats this is pretty convenient for a single or small household.
This simple recipe starts by preheating the oven before blending some oats with baking powder, milk, vanilla, banana, a dash of cinnamon, and nutmeg. For those who want an added benefit, add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder and blend all the ingredients until smooth.
I always make my baked oatmeal with protein powder to get that boost of protein first thing in the morning. If you like that idea, also check out my baked chocolate oats.
There is no egg in this recipe so as long as you use a vegan protein powder and plant-based milk, these baked protein oats are 100% vegan. Now, all we need to do is stir in some nuts and chocolate chips you are basically done.
Pour the batter into a casserole dish and bake! Now, if you feel like a special treat, you can also try my protein-baked oats with my greek yogurt cream cheese frosting.
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WHY THIS IS THE BEST OATMEAL RECIPE
- Delicious Flavor: The combination of ingredients and flavors in this oatmeal recipe is carefully balanced to create a delicious taste. The use of high-quality ingredients, such as ripe bananas and warming spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, adds depth and richness to the oatmeal.
- Nutritional Benefits: Oatmeal itself is a nutritious choice for a breakfast recipe. It is a good source of fiber, which aids in digestion and helps keep you feeling full for longer. The addition of ingredients like bananas provides natural sweetness and essential vitamins and minerals.
- Versatility: This oatmeal recipe allows for customization based on personal preferences. You can add various toppings such as fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, or drizzles of honey or maple syrup to tailor the oatmeal to your liking. This versatility ensures that you can enjoy the oatmeal in different ways and keep it interesting.
- Easy to Make: This recipe is straightforward and doesn’t require any complicated techniques or equipment. It can be prepared by simply mixing together the wet ingredients and dry ingredients, making it a convenient option for busy mornings or when you’re craving something comforting with a cake-like texture.
- Meal Prep or Individual Servings: This banana bread oatmeal recipe can be doubled or tripled to make for meal prep, or can be made in one small baking dish for a single serving treat.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR MAKING BANANA BREAD BAKED OATS
You will need the following ingredients listed below to make this healthy banana bread baked oatmeal (the exact measurements, nutrition information and full recipe are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post):
- Old fashion oats – blend your oats to make oat flour. Can use rolled oats, quick cooking oats, or gluten free oats here. Steer clear from steel cut oats as they get chewy in this recipe.
- Baking powder – for that perfect rise
- Brown bananas – overripe bananas work best in this oatmeal mixture to give it a sweeter taste than fresh bananas would.
- I like using unsweetened almond milk here but any non-dairy milk will work. Oat milk, coconut milk, soy milk, etc.
- Vanilla extract
- Banana bread spices: I used cinnamon and nutmeg. You could also add some cardamom and cloves if desired.
- Vanilla protein powder I used PEScience Gourmet Vanilla – You can order it from PEScience. Use code BAILEY to save $$ at checkout.
- Toppings: chocolate chips and walnuts
- Optional – brown sugar, flax egg, pinch of salt, chia seeds, pure maple syrup, or nut butter to drizzle.
This Baked Oats recipe makes enough for one but can easily be doubled or tripled to make more than one serving.
HOW TO MAKE
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease small oven safe dish with cooking spray.
- Blend your oats in a high speed blender to create a fine flour. Then add all remaining ingredients for oat mixture (except chocolate chips and walnuts) and blend till combined.
- Pour into the greased oven safe dish, add in the chocolate chips and walnuts and mix around. Then add more to top of batter. Optional – add the other half of the banana on top of batter as well sliced as seen in photos.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and enjoy while warm! You can serve your hearty oats with more cinnamon and plant milk if desired!
CAN I MAKE BAKED OATS IN THE AIR FRYER?
Yes, that should work! Just make sure you use a heat-proof casserole dish. Pour your batter into ramekins and place into your air fryer basket. Cook for 8 minutes at 200c/400f.
CAN I USE QUICK OATS FOR BAKED OATMEAL?
Absolutely. Here, we blend the oats either way. Quick oats are basically rolled oats – just cut smaller, meaning that they blend up quicker.
HOW TO STORE
To properly store banana bread baked oats and maintain their freshness, follow these steps:
- Allow Cooling: After baking the banana bread baked oats, allow them to cool completely on a wire rack. This helps prevent moisture buildup inside the storage container.
- Airtight Container: Transfer the cooled baked oats into an airtight container. Choose a container that is the right size to hold the oats without leaving much empty space. This prevents air exposure and helps retain their texture and flavor.
- Refrigeration: Place the container with the baked oats in the refrigerator. This is the best storage method to maintain freshness and prevent spoilage. Refrigerated banana bread baked oats can last for up to 3-4 days.
- Individual Portions: If you prefer to have portioned servings ready to go, divide the baked oats into individual containers or resealable bags. This makes it easier to grab a single serving and reduces the risk of contamination when opening and closing the container repeatedly.
- Labeling: It’s helpful to label the container or bag with the date of storage. This way, you can keep track of when they were made and ensure you consume them within a reasonable timeframe.
HOW TO REHEAT THE EASY RECIPE
When you’re ready to enjoy the stored banana bread baked oats, remove the desired portion from the refrigerator.
You can reheat them in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes, or warm them in a preheated oven at a low temperature for 5-10 minutes. Add a splash of milk or water if needed to restore moisture.
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 banana
- pinch of nutmeg
- 2 tbsp chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease small oven safe dish.
- Blend your oats on high to create a fine flour. Then add all remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips and walnuts) and blend till combined.
- Pour into the greased oven safe dish, add in the chocolate chips and walnuts and mix around. Then add more to top of batter. Optional - add the other half of the banana on top of batter as well sliced as seen in photos.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and enjoy while warm! You can serve with more cinnamon and plant milk if desired!
I used PEScience Gourmet Vanilla protein powder - can use code BAILEY at checkout for money off all products.
Optional - use other half of banana for topping the batter as pictured.
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 501Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 388mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 9gSugar: 21gProtein: 33g
The nutrition information provided is calculated based on industry-standard software and should be used as a general guide only. The information may vary depending on ingredient substitutions, cooking techniques, and individual serving sizes. It is the responsibility of the reader to ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of the nutritional information provided. Always consult a qualified healthcare provider for personalized medical or nutritional advice.
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