Baked Oatmeal Recipe Base
- 2 medium over ripe bananas, mashed equal to 3/4 cup (see notes)
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups non-dairy milk of choice
- 2 ¼ cups rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
Walnut Banana Bread Style
- 2/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts
- 1 additional teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 heaping cup fresh blueberries
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
- 3 Tbsp all-natural creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Lily’s)
- Preheat oven to 375ºF and line an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a large bowl mash bananas until only small clumps remain. Add in flaxseed meal, vanilla and milk. Allow to rest for a few minutes.
- Add oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Then add your desired mix-ins.
- Pour oatmeal mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until edges are golden and middle is set.
- Allow oatmeal to rest for 30 minutes before serving if you’d like bars. Or feel free to serve with a spoon immediately. Add favorite toppings like nut butter, blueberries, chocolate chips and/or maple syrup.
Sugar – I did not include any added sugar in this recipe because I used very brown bananas. The more brown your bananas, the sweeter this baked oatmeal will be. If you’re using unsweetened milk and your bananas are not over ripe, I would suggest adding 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar to bananas while mashing. OR you could just serve with a little maple syrup. Adjust according to your sweetness preference!
Milk – Feel free to use your choice of milk here. Whether you use cow’s milk, goat’s milk or a dairy-free alternative. For a richer flavor, you could also do part half & half or canned coconut milk.
Half the recipe – For a smaller batch, cut the ingredients in half, mix as directed and bake in a 8×4 medium loaf pan; 375ºF for 20-25 minutes.
Double the recipe – To feed a crowd, double the ingredients and mix as directed; bake in a 9×13 pan for 25-30 minutes, until edges are golden.
Mix-Ins – Feel free to do a combo of any of these mix-ins as well. For example, blueberries + walnuts. Or blueberries + peanut butter. Or include peanut butter in all three variations. This recipe is a great base – have fun with it!