I have never been a huge fan of oatmeal. I just don’t care for the slimy glue like texture that seems to seems result in cooking it the traditional way. On top of that, I always had to add lots of extra sugar just to make it palatable. However, my whole outlook on oatmeal changed when I discovered the wonders of baked oatmeal. If you have never had baked oatmeal or need some convincing to give a try, here’s my top five reasons why you should love baked oatmeal.
Top Five Reasons to Love Baked Oatmeal
- It’s easy to prepare. You can even throw it together the night before and bake it in the morning.
- It makes great leftovers. Just re-heat and enjoy!
- It isn’t slimy like a regular bowl of oatmeal. Plus, if you like your oatmeal a little less dense, all you have to do is stir in some milk.
- It’s a healthy and satisfying breakfast. Baking the oatmeal with fruit and spices helps meld the flavors throughout, so no more dumping tons of sugar in your oatmeal just to make you want to eat it.
- It tastes delicious!
Alright, so now that you are convinced, let’s talk about this fabulous recipe for banana nut baked oatmeal.
I don’t know if you are like me but I buy bananas almost every week so I usually have some on hand. However, this can also mean that if I am not able to eat them before they turn too brown, I end up putting them in the freezer with the intention of using them for baking.
Guess how many bananas I have in my freezer? I have no clue either, but I will tell you that it’s a lot, enough to get my husband to tell me (more than once) that I need to start using them up before they take over all of our freezer space.
So when a friend of mine posted this recipe for banana peanut butter baked oatmeal, the wheels in my head started turning. I looked up a few other recipes and got to work on crafting a new version. I decided I would forgo the peanut butter but I love anything with banana and walnuts so my version of banana nut baked oatmeal was born. The finished product tastes like banana bread but it’s much healthier since it’s flour-less and uses a lot less sugar.
What is your favorite breakfast food?
What is your favorite way to enjoy oatmeal?