This is the best breakfast I have ever eaten. In fact I feel bad that you’re reading this and not eating this. The only solution is to stop whatever you are doing and go make this immediately! I have been experimenting with baked oatmeal recipes for a few weeks and this last batch I made is true perfection, it takes like banana bread, but it’s actually healthy, nutritious and guilt-free. When I heard about people baking oatmeal, I instantly decided to try it as all my favourite breakfasts are oaty (porridge, granola, bircher muesli etc), and this is definitely the most delicious breakfast I’ve had and yet it is still a very healthy breakfast option. For people unfamiliar with baked oatmeal, think of it as a breakfast casserole of oats. Okay that’s an awful description… It’s like if a milky bowl of porridge and a soft delicious cake had a baby. I tried a few different varieties using different fruits, different amounts of eggs/milk, and tried various cooking times and this beauty is the result of much experimentation. Having said that feel free to add or subtract whatever spices, nuts and fruits you like, but I have found that the addition of the mashed/ puréed fruit makes this extra soft and mouth watering.
It’s really easy to make and keeps for up to four days in the fridge so if you make a batch you have just reheat individual portions in the morning before work very quickly. Some people have theirs with milk, but I thought it was just perfect with Greek yoghurt. I added four mashed bananas into my oatmeal mix which gave it the lovely banana bread effect, and I also threw in some raisins that I had soaked in juice (for extra juicy plumpness) and some chopped walnuts. I made some caramelised bananas to go with mine as I was making it for brunch at the weekend for others as a treat and thought they would be a decadent addition, but you can leave them out if you like as during the week before work they’re a bit impractical. This is so delicious, it tastes like it should be bad for you but its actually a really healthy breakfast and is packed full of fibre. If you make one thing from this blog, try my banana baked oatmeal!
Ingredients (serves 4 to 6):
2 cups jumbo oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1 handful of raisins (try soaking in apple or orange juice the night before so they plump up)
50g chopped walnuts
1 tbsp dark brown sugar (or honey)
2 cups milks
4 mashed bananas
1 tbsp butter/ rapeseed oil/ coconut oil
Caramelised Bananas (optional):
1 large banana sliced into little discs
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
- Whisk the eggs and milk together well until totally combined (you don’t want lumps of egg in the milk as you want to avoid eggy bits in your baked oatmeal). Add mashed bananas and mix together.
- Add in add other ingredients and mix well, pour into a pyrex baking dish lined with either butter or mild-tasting oil.
- Pop into an oven preheated to 180C for 30 minutes. Don’t be tempted to overcook the oats as you want them soft, not dry. Once the oatmeal is set (not wobbly) it’s done.
- To make caramelised bananas just pup the butter into a frying pan on a medium high heat. Spinkle the slices of banana with the brown sugar and fry in the butter for a minute or two on each side.
- Serve a slice of the oatmeal with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and caramelised bananas if you made them.