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BAKED BANANA OATMEAL (V, GF, DF)

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I have been curious about making baked oatmeal for a while now and I couldn`t decide on a flavor, peanut butter, chocolate, blueberry, etc. But today I found myself really, really craving banana bread but at the same time, I have made banana bread before (multiple times) and while it will always be my number one, this baked banana oatmeal highly resembles it and boy, is it GOOD. So clearly, I decided to turn my banana bread craving into some baked oatmeal and I was genuinely surprised at how super simple and super delicious this turned out!

You may be wondering why would people bake oatmeal when it only takes a minute in the microwave? And you are totally right it is way faster, BUT the dreaminess and amazing flavor just is not the same! Plus your whole house smells like a bakery which personally just makes me so happy. This recipe is so wholesome as well as being practically refined sugar free, dairy free, gluten free and vegan friendly as well. I definitely recommend this as a brunch dish, if you are meal prepping, have a family to feed or even if you just want a scrumptious breakfast! This makes a lot so it is really great for portioning out for the week, giving your little ones a healthy breakfast or even just to enjoy with an afternoon coffee!  Before I dive into this easy and creamy goodness, I want to share why this oatmeal is so good for you!

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Oatmeal is a GREAT way to start your day or even end it. It has insoluble as well as soluble fibers and protein which help keep you feeling full for a longer time. This is great for people who have snacking problems because with the high fiber and healthy amount of protein and carbs, your body does not feel the need to nibble a lot before lunch. Staying full for longer can help you manage your health and fitness goals! Another great thing about this recipe is I added coconut oil instead of butter and replaced using egg with a chia seed egg for added Omega-3`s! So not only are you getting in a well rounded breakfast, you also get a daily dose of good fats!

*If you do not know how to make a chia seed egg, it is super simple. Just add 1 tbs of chia seed to a small bowl and mix in 3 tbs of water. Then all you have to do is let is sit for about 10 minutes until it thickens up.

To finish this warm goody off I topped it with walnuts, but that is totally optional. I think the walnuts add a nice nutty flavor and the crunch goes good with it as well! (think banana bread in oatmeal form, yesss) If you are worried about this not being sweet or flavorful enough (as I was) due to only using coconut sugar, do not fret!! The spices and the banana actually do a great job at sweetening up the dish, it is almost a perfect sweetness ratio. The oats really soak up the cinnamon and banana and it is so worth it!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Old Fashion Oats (make sure they are gluten free)
  • 2 cups of Unsweetened Coconut Milk or Almond (I used coconut)
  • 3 mashed Ripe Bananas
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 Chia seed “egg” (1 tbs chia seed, 3 tbs water mixed)
  • 3 tbs Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp of Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

HOW TO-

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, line an 8 x 8 pan with coconut oil or a baking spray of choice.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, salt and coconut sugar.

In another large bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, milk, vanilla, and chia egg. Slowly, whisk in the coconut oil. Add the dry ingredients into this bowl and mix until everything is well incorporated!

Pour into pan, add walnuts on top and bake for 40 minutes or until the edges come off the pan slightly and the middle no longer looks liquidy. Then let cool and enjoy! This would be great topped with any nut butter, fruit and of course eaten alone as well! It comes out sweet and filling and I hope you love it as much as I did!

xo, Chelsea

 

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