Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal
with toasted walnuts & maple syrup … adapted from Pumpkin ‘n Spice
Once I tried that Peanut Butter Chocolate Baked Oatmeal, every baked oatmeal recipe that crossed my path had me wondering .. is this as good as that was? I found this brilliant Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal from Pumpkin ‘n Spice and I couldn’t wait to try it! I thought of the blueberries in my fridge (that it was high time I found a place for) and how well blueberries and bananas go together, and totally decided this was a wonderful breakfast just waiting to happen at my house.
I woke up the next morning with a mission on my mind … some over-ripe bananas on my counter, those blueberries in my fridge and a hankering for a hearty good, healthy breakfast. When I pulled it out of the oven, I couldn’t wait to taste it, but I had to rush my daughter off to school, so I scooped up a sloppy square into a container and took it with me to work. I felt a little bad eating this as I was chatting with a coworker about work, but I couldn’t help it! I wanted to experience this while it was still warm and fresh. It tastes a lot like banana bread (with an oatmeal twist) and the juicy blueberries and crunchy walnuts on top totally make it a breakfast experience worth savoring.
- 1 medium banana, sliced into thin pieces
- 2 medium very ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 cups milk (I used coconut almond milk, but any milk will do)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats (for gluten free, use gluten free oats)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/2 - 2/3 cup toasted walnuts
- 1 Tablespoon raw (turbinado) sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375 F. Spray a 9x9x2 inch square baking dish with cooking spray, then cover the bottom of the baking pan with slices of banana.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash up the bananas, then stir together with the milk, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir to mix well. Pour this wet oatmeal mixture over the banana slices in the pan.
- Sprinkle with blueberries and walnuts, then with the raw sugar.
- Bake at 375 F. for about 40 - 45 minutes or until the oatmeal is set in the middle. Remove from oven and let set for a few minutes before scooping up some delicious servings. Refrigerate leftovers and reheat in the microwave.
To make this recipe gluten free, use gluten free oats.
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