I buy a bunch of bananas every week to add them to smoothies, slice up to put on peanut butter toast, and use them to sweeten baked goods. One of the best ways to bake with them is in baked oatmeal. Baked oatmeal is great for meal prep because it’s simple to make and reheats well. If you make it on the weekend you can have breakfast ready for the whole workweek. Try this banana peanut butter baked oatmeal the next time you meal prep!
Old-fashioned oats, also known as rolled oats, work best for baked oatmeal. Don’t use instant oats, the texture will be too mushy. Steel-cut oats also won’t work well here because they won’t cook enough. Also, if you don’t eat gluten make sure to check that the oats that you use are certified gluten-free.
Be sure to use ripe bananas because they’re sweeter and will mash easier.
Oatmeal on its own can be very bland. Even though the bananas add some natural sugars, add a little maple syrup for a touch of extra sweetness.
This helps to make sure the baked oatmeal is not dry. You can use any type of non-dairy (or dairy) milk if you don’t have almond milk. I prefer to use unsweetened non-dairy milk to keep the sugar content to a minimum.
Baked oatmeal is very versatile and you can easily substitute ingredients for things that you have on hand or if you just want to change things up.
- Use different spices. Instead of cinnamon try pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, cardamon, or ground ginger.
- Substitute any type of nut/seed butter for peanut butter: almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter.
- Add ⅓-½ cup of nuts or seeds: chopped walnuts, pecans, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.
Store covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can eat it cold or warmed up in the microwave. If it needs a little moisture, add a few tablespoons of non-dairy milk before heating it up. Try it with some sliced fresh fruit and a drizzle of peanut butter.
More Easy Oatmeal Recipes to Try
Banana Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal
- 2 ripe medium bananas
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats (use certified gluten-free if you want to make it gluten-free)
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mash up the bananas. Whisk in the eggs, maple syrup, peanut butter, almond milk, and vanilla extract.
- Add the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and mix until everything is combined,
- Pour the batter into an 8x8 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting it.