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A simple and delicious baked banana and strawberry oatmeal without refined sugar that makes the perfect hearty breakfast that will keep you full all morning. It's a constant in our home for breakfast along with these easy microwave oatmeal and oatmeal smoothies.
Lately, I've been making baked oatmeal almost every week. We cannot have enough. It all started a few weeks ago when I knew we had a particularly crazy week ahead of us. Since I didn't want to waste time making breakfast in the morning, I made a large amount of baked oatmeal and some quesadillas in the freezer to help us get through the week.
Then something crazy happened: the oatmeal went first. In this Mexican house, lover of cheeses and beans, that was quite a feat. But something about the abundant oatmeal on a cold morning drew us all. Personally, I like to heat mine first, then pour some extra milk on top. Truth be told, I'm eating a large bowl of this oatmeal as I write this post.
Since we've been eating all of the baked oatmeal, I've been trying all the different combinations, but this strawberry and banana baked oatmeal has definitely been outstanding. Bananas act as a natural sweetener and also add richness and creaminess to oats. They are the secret weapon to really tasty baked oats in my opinion. So it's just the standard cast of characters: oatmeal, milk, eggs, yeast, cinnamon, and vanilla, with some added strawberries because they make everything taste better.
Also, no one will blame you for throwing some chocolate chips on top. So good.
What is baked oatmeal?
Baked oatmeal is basically a mix between creamy stovetop oatmeal and heartier oatmeal bars. It's much more textured than stovetop oatmeal, but it's not as tough as an oatmeal stick. It's a little chewy, a little creamy and all kinds of delicious. Also, you can do it with so many different combinations of ingredients and ingredients, it's one of those recipes that you will use over and over again.
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To be a little more technical, baked oatmeal is made with a combination of old-fashioned rolled oats, milk, eggs, baking powder and sweetener. It is cooked in the oven until golden and can be prepared with different spices, fruits, nuts and seeds.
Does baked oatmeal need to be refrigerated?
This oatmeal keeps well in the refrigerator, just be sure to let it cool before you refrigerate it. To reheat, you can use it in the microwave or with a little added milk to get a creamier oatmeal. I'm also known for eating cold baked oatmeal when I'm in a hurry, but it's definitely hotter. Don't be afraid to add a little extra coverage either. It's delicious with chopped nuts, yogurt, nut butter, or a drizzle of honey.
Should I use quick oatmeal or old-fashioned oatmeal for baked oats?
Both options will work, but I think it works best with old-fashioned rolled oats, as it gives oats more texture. Quick oatmeal will work, but it will come out creamier. Steel-cut oatmeal won't work in this recipe.
How to freeze baked oats?
This is a great recipe to keep in the freezer for a quick breakfast or school lunch. Let cool completely and then cut into individual portions. Wrap each one and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave with a little milk. You can also let them thaw naturally overnight in the fridge. One more trick? Throw them frozen in a school lunch and when lunch arrives they will be completely thawed.
Recipe ideas and tips
There are many different ways to make this baked oatmeal your own.
- Swap in a different berry like blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries.
- If you don't like bananas, you can use canned applesauce or squash. However, these tend to be less sweet, so you may need to add a little extra maple syrup or honey.
- Try using different spices like nutmeg, ground ginger, allspice or pumpkin pie spices,
- Add some vegetables with grated carrots to the zucchini.
- Add sweetness with some chocolate chips or peanut butter.
- Try this with all the different combinations of fruits, nuts, and seeds.
- Add a little ground flaxseed flour or hemp kernels for additional nutrients.
- If you use this to prepare meals, consider mixing how you serve it to keep things interesting. Add Greek yogurt and honey one day. Layer of pecan butter and hemp seeds to the next. End the week, add extra milk to make it creamy and top with fresh fruit.
How to make baked oatmeal muffins?
If you prefer to make them as muffins, simply spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and add the dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden and well cooked.
Healthier Baked Oatmeal Recipes
- Baked oatmeal with cinnamon and apple
- Oatmeal with baked blueberry butter
- Baked Oat Apple Cranberry
- Baked Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins
- More oatmeal recipes
Baked Oat Strawberry Banana
PREPARATION TIME: 5 minutes COOKING TIME: 35 minutes TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes
- 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 U bananas, mashed
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 eggs U
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup strawberries, diced
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together the oatmeal, chia seed, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, mix together the banana, milk, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in the strawberries.
Pour into a glass baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes until well cooked.