Banana bread and oatmeal combine to make one outrageously delicious breakfast! This Baked Banana Oatmeal is an easy, wholesome breakfast that comes together easily with basic pantry staples. And it can easily be modified to be egg-free, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly.
This Baked Oatmeal slices like a cake and eats like a rich bread pudding. The consistency is creamy and soft, while still being a bit chewy from the oats. But best of all it tastes JUST like Banana Bread. This simple recipe is sure to get you up out of bed!
Oatmeal is a staple for healthy breakfasts at our house. It is full of whole grains and fiber that keeps you full for hours. It is also versatile and it can be prepared in endless ways.
While I love oatmeal of just about any variety, Baked Oatmeal is a great way to change up how you serve oats. It has a lot more texture than traditional recipes like Instant Pot Oatmeal and Overnight Oats, yet this recipe is still incredibly healthy and easy to prepare.
Banana Baked Oatmeal is so sweet and rich–yet is made without refined sugars. It comes together in one bowl and is made ingredients you probably have on hand right now.
Ingredients Needed for Baked Oatmeal
- Oats–Regular, old-fashioned oats are what work best for this recipe. You can use quick-cook oats, but the texture will not be as chewy or hearty as if you use the old-fashioned variety. Also, be sure to check to ensure your oats are gluten-free if needed.
- Milk–Any variety of milk or non-dairy milk works perfectly for this recipe.
- Bananas: This recipe calls for 1 cup of mashed banana which is about 2 large bananas. Remember the more ripe your bananas are the sweeter this oatmeal will be.
- Maple Syrup: Just a little bit of pure maple syrup really helps to sweeten the oatmeal. Feel free to add up to a 1/4 cup more maple syrup if you like really sweet oatmeal.
- Egg (Optional): The egg helps the oatmeal to slice up and hold its shape. However, it is completely unnecessary. If you are egg-free, simply omit the egg. The oatmeal may be a bit softer, but it will still be delicious.
- Butter/Coconut Oil: A tad bit of either melted coconut oil or melted butter is added to give this baked oatmeal richness. Use coconut oil to keep the recipe dairy-free. You can also use a creamy nut butter in place of the butter or coconut oil if desired.
- Baking Powder: Baking powder is a bit of a surprise in oatmeal, but it helps the oatmeal to rise slightly and form a thick, custard-like consistency.
- Optional Additions: If you are looking for some crunch, add 1/3 cup of chopped walnut to the oats before baking. Love chocolate? Add 1/3 cup chocolate chips for a decadent treat. Love peanut butter? Replace the oil with peanut butter.
How to Make Baked Oatmeal
In a large bowl, mash up the ripe bananas. Add in the milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, baking powder, a pinch of salt, cinnamon, melted butter/coconut oil, and egg if using into the mashed bananas. Mix until well combined.
Add in the oats and any of the optional add-ins and stir until just combined.
Pour the mixture into an 8×8 or 2-quart greased baking dish.
Bake until the oats are tender and the moisture has been absorbed, about 20-15 minutes.
Serve warm with sliced bananas and additional honey or maple syrup if desired.
Leftover Baked Oatmeal?
Store leftover oatmeal covered in the refrigerator for 5-6 days. Warm individual slices up in the microwave before serving.
Baked Oatmeal is a great option for a healthy breakfast or for using up ripe bananas! It is a simple recipe that you will want to make again and again! Enjoy!
Banana Baked Oatmeal
- 1 cup mashed bananas about 2 large or 3 small bananas
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups milk any variety
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted or butter
- 1 large egg, beaten optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups uncooked old fashioned oats
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2 quart or 8-inch square pan with butter or coconut oil.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash up the bananas well using a fork.
- Add the milk, maple syrup, vanilla, egg, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt to the bananas and mix until well combined. Add in oats and stir just until incorporated and oats are coated.
- Pour the oatmeal mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until oats are tender and moisture has been absorbed.
- Serve warm with additional maple syrup and chopped walnuts if desired.