Banana Baked Oatmeal

March 18, 2008



Baked Oatmeal out great!!! I studied a bunch of recipes and came up with my own based on other techniques. Of course mine featured banana as the star ingredient!

First I combined the dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

And then the wet ingredients:

  • 1 egg, beat
  • 1/2 cup unsweet applesauce
  • 1.5 cups skim milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large bananas, sliced

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix well.

Line an 8″ pan (square or round) with parchment paper (for easy removal and cutting!).

Pour batter into pan:


Pop into a 375* oven for about 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes,  increase heat to broil, sprinkle oatmeal with 1 more tbsp brown sugar and broil for 3-4 minutes.

= bubbly caramelized sugar topping!


Makes 4 portions about 300 kcal, 6 grams fiber and 11 grams protein each. We saved one portion to reheat tomorrow!

Some of the recipes called for walnuts and raisins in the batter, but I thought they would get lost so I kept my mixins for a topping: toasted almonds and almond butter. Check out that banana to the right!


With coffee –


This breakfast was about 435 kcal, 8 grams fiber and 17 grams protein.

My mom and I can’t decide between the gym and outdoor running/walking. It is dreadfully gross and cloudy out there, but the gym isn’t too appealing either because my mom would have to pay. I am in need of a good workout though (mentally and physically today!), so we better decide soon!

We’re headed to Greensboro to meet my dad at his office for lunch. I think we’re going to a big salad bar (Ruby Tuesdays?). There will be lots of veggies for sure! I won’t be home until mid-afternoon, so I’ll see you all then!

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1 caitlin (in FL) March 18, 2008 at 7:16 am

Hi kath! I have a question for you (and everyone else). I’ve noticed that the husband seems to eat the same breakfast portions as you do, and it seems like he eats the same thing for dinner… im specifically thinking of the eggplant parm. if my fiance was just giving kale and eggplant, he’d die of hunger. does the husband eat bigger portions than you, or does he add extra stuff (like pasta to the parm??). maybe sometimes you could take pics of his food too? im just freakishly curious! haha.

my fiance sometimes just eats what i have, but bigger portions, or adds something else in. like last night, i had a chicken salad with spinach, and my fiance had the chicken with white sauce in pasta…. so we make the main part of the meal (chicken) together, and then everything else is our own responsibility.

how do other people deal with this?


2 Katie March 18, 2008 at 7:20 am

Oh YUM!! What a great idea! I love banana and to BAKE it! I need to do this for real!


3 Kath March 18, 2008 at 7:23 am

We we make a dinner like last night, he does eat the same portion. But he often has a bigger dessert or snack a little after dinner – sometimes 500 calories worth of cereal, nuts and peanut butter!! When we have meat dinners, he usually has a much bigger portion of meat than I do. For breakfast he also adds more mixins to his oatmeal. And his lunches are always different than mine. I’m not sure what to suggest other than to continue what you’re doing with the same main ingredient and different combos with it. Or split the recipe 1/3 for you and 2/3 for him. You could have pre-cooked rice/pasta/beans on hand and bulk his dinners up with that too.



4 Kelly T March 18, 2008 at 7:40 am

wow your baked oatmeal is a bit more involved than mine. Looks amazing though!

I didnt know Ruby Tuesdays had a salad bar? I love salad bars but the only one I know of near me is Zoopa’s and that place is disgustingly unclean. Maybe Ill hit try and find a Ruby Tuesday’s, I love me some salad.


5 rhodeygirl March 18, 2008 at 7:57 am

Oatmeal question….

Did I buy the right kind of “old fashioned oats” if they only take 5 minutes on the stovetop? I am a big fan of the steel cut oats which take 45 minutes, and it just seems counterintuitive that a delicious, creamy oatmeal can be made in 5? I haven’t tried them yet but I don’t want to even open them if I bought the wrong kind….

any thoughts are greatly appreciated!


6 Justy2003 March 18, 2008 at 8:11 am

Yum…I MUST try this baked oatmeal. I found a recipe last week but I have yet to try it. Guess it’ll hafta be sometime when I actually have a leisurely morning!
Enjoy the day with your mom! :)


7 Z March 18, 2008 at 8:12 am

Wow, wasn’t sure about your protein count until I looked up rolled oats… I had no idea they had protein in them, duh! I’m a vegetarian who struggles to get protein in and I never thought of oats! Thanks for the great oatmeal ideas! Just found your blog, LOVE IT!


8 Fit Yogini March 18, 2008 at 8:25 am

Yum, I have got to try this. Good way to use up my apple sauce too. Thanks for the recipe.


9 Tina March 18, 2008 at 8:26 am

Omg, this looks a-mazing! I am making this tonight!


10 Caitlin March 18, 2008 at 8:28 am

caitlin (in FL), I struggle with the same thing with my boyfriend. We live together so eat dinners and some breakfasts together (lunches are almost always on our own). I love to cook so do most of it. The breakfasts I make for both of us are usually on the weekends, and I generally end up making two separate things. A typical breakfast for him might be 3 eggs, 2 pieces of toast and butter, and a steak! But we do eat a lot of the same things, too – he loves smoothies, for example, and cereal – he just adds nuts and other things to bulk it up. If I make pancakes or something, it’ll just be a difference in portion size and toppings. I forced him to take a bite of my oatmeal a couple weeks ago and he HATED IT! For dinners, we often do a similar thing that you do (have the same main ingredient). Or else we just take turns and compromise and some nights I just end up with a less than healthy meal (like pasta with alfredo sauce, or mac and cheese with ham, etc.). It can be frustrating because a meal isn’t good for him unless it involves excessive cheese, bacon, etc.


11 arimcg March 18, 2008 at 8:34 am

Caitlin, I just give my boyfriend extra – like I make probably three servings and he eats two. Of course in moments of weakness on my part, we both eat 1 1/2. But if you can handle portion control, it’s easier to do it like this than make separate meals.


12 Amanda March 18, 2008 at 8:40 am

This looks amazing! I’m going to try it this week!

Can you use quick oats for this recipe? I have those on hand.


13 Betsy March 18, 2008 at 8:40 am

wow!!! i’ve never heard of baked oatmeal before, it looks really tasty. i can’t wait to hear if it was as filling as regular oatmeal, because my beloved morning bowl keeps me so full until I eat lunch at 1, I love it! But, this could be a nice alternative to mix things up a little.


14 Courtney March 18, 2008 at 8:48 am

Yum! I’m definitely trying the baked oatmeal soon.

My boyfriend and I fend for ourselves for breakfast and lunch during the week, but always have dinner together. I love to cook, so I usually make whatever we’re having to serve four – one portion for me, whatever he wants, and usually (but not always!) leftovers for someone’s lunch. He always has fresh bread with his dinner, too, which I often skip. And we always have a huge green salad and I usually eat at least half while he has a little serving!

With things like pasta, I actually measure mine and boil it separately, then cook his and then top accordingly. It just makes things easier.


15 Courtney March 18, 2008 at 8:51 am

I just thought of something with the baked oatmeal. A nice variation could replace the banana with apple and add some cinnamon…sort of like apple crisp! Thanks for the great idea, Kath.


16 Romina March 18, 2008 at 8:56 am

I’ve never had baked oatmeal. This is very intriguing! I must try this. =) Thanks for the pics/ideas!


17 Nadia March 18, 2008 at 8:57 am

ok this is a dumb question so i apologize in advance lol…but where do you get parchment paper? and could I use foil? Thinking of making it tonight. Looks SO good. I’ve never even heard of baked oatmeal.


18 Rachel March 18, 2008 at 9:11 am

Hi Kath! I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now. I made your classic oats this morning (whipped) for the first time, and it was the most delicious oatmeal I’ve ever had! I’ll have to try the baked oatmeal next.

Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes and tips.



19 rachel k March 18, 2008 at 9:13 am

kath–just wondering if you’ve seen results from your toning exercises. i am working to add more strenght to my body, as well as prepare my arms and abs for bikini season.

does anyone have good tips? ie; frequency, routine, etc…i am not looking to go crazy (ie; change my diet to include only protein!), but i do want more strength than something like a pilates routine provides.

also, can anyone who has been consistent with a healthy, sustainable routine tell me how long it took until they noticed results?


20 kristin point March 18, 2008 at 9:20 am

well my boyfriend is suffering BIG TIME since i became a vegetarian but during the times when we had dinner together every night i would just give him a larger meat portion of whatever we were having and for me i’d load up on my veggie portion (and smaller meat). It worked really well. nowdays my boyfriend and i dont have dinners together much (were in college and we dont live together so it’s not a big deal)…but when and if we do live together it’s gunna be a problem!


21 Bree March 18, 2008 at 9:29 am

Hey Kath!

I’m officially addicted to your blog, thanks for being so dedicated!

Here’s my problem with oatmeal, bananas, and similar foods: I have a HUGE consistency issue. I know they’re good for me – especially since I tend to not get enough potassium in my diet – but I can’t get past the “solid yet mushy” consistency; I need a lot of crunch in my life, if you will.

I tried baked oatmeal before, hoping that would create a more cookie like consistency – chewy, not mushy ya know? Didn’t work :( What would you say the consistency of your baked oatmeal is like?

And sorry to keep rambling, but I have a pretty bad fruit and veggie allergy, and can’t eat fresh plums, nectarines, or apples, even though I loooove them, but I normally can eat them once cooked. Do you think I could use those as replacement for the [beloved] banana?


22 Kristin March 18, 2008 at 9:39 am

Go to the gym! Husband and I always pay for a gym day pass when we are out of town and it inspires us to workout harder and get your money’s worth! If you go outside in the dreary, you’ll just want it to be over and cut it short. Just my 2 cents!
PS I just found your blog thru littlerunnerthatcould and I really enjoy it! Yesterday I tried the pumkin and spices mixed into my greek yogurt (variation of your snack) and I was delighted with the result!


23 Kristie March 18, 2008 at 9:41 am

Mmm.. I’ve always wanted to try baked oatmeal but have just never got around to it yet. I definitely think I might try making that for breakfast in the next few days!


24 Aimee H. March 18, 2008 at 9:45 am

Kath, you are a genius! =) Let us know if it holds up the next day, because that could be great for a quick breakfast if pre-made.


25 Jennifer March 18, 2008 at 9:56 am

Ruby Tuesdays has one of my absolute favorite salad bars…although I think the #1 spot has been taken over by Sweet Tomatoes (which I discovered when I moved to Chicago – all organic!).


26 Kiala March 18, 2008 at 10:35 am

My husband doesn’t want to eat anything that has touched or been near or rumored to have been near a vegetable. It’s super frustrating, but I’ve found if I just make the food and put it in front of him, he’ll eat it and usually, except for broccoli, he likes it. Plus, I’ll let him dip everything in chipotle mayonnaise. This helps.

It sounds like he’s my child, doesn’t it?

Now I’m freaked out.


27 Lauren March 18, 2008 at 10:38 am

Thanks for all the great food ideas! I am for sure going to try the banana bake oatmeal!


28 Meredith March 18, 2008 at 11:05 am

Hi Kath! Just wanted to say I love your blog! That baked oatmeal looks amazing! I just love spring break because it gives me time to make all kinds of recipes that I haven’t been able to during the hectic school year. I’ll be home in a week and your baked oatmeal is on my list of things to try!


29 Alison March 18, 2008 at 11:15 am

Yum! Kath your meals always look so delicious. I wish I could come for a visit! I think I need to do some more planning and preparation on the weekends so I have time during the week to make food that I’ll actually enjoy eating– instead of the stupid turkey sandwich I’m about to eat for lunch!


30 Lindsay March 18, 2008 at 11:24 am

rhodeygirl ~ that is the same kind I use… I used to use steel cut but switched to quaker old fashioned… so much quicker!


31 MoniMoni March 18, 2008 at 11:32 am

BREE – I find that Old Fashioned Steel Cut Oats are have a bit of crunch and you could probably make them even more appealing to your taste by adding nuts at the end.

KATH – thank you for the oatmeal lessons… I’ve totally changed my regular breakfast diet of Cheerios or Special K, which I’ve been eating for over 20 years, as a result of you’re blog. THANK YOU!


32 rhodeygirl March 18, 2008 at 11:39 am

Thanks Lindsay!


33 NCCarter March 18, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Ah, Ruby Tuesday. I just made my first trip there a few weeks ago when we visited my mother-in-law. I generally hate chain restaurants, but when I saw their salad bar, I was a convert. The atmosphere leaves MUCH to be desired, but the veggies and everything else on the bar are so good and fresh.


34 Stacy March 18, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Kiala, I completely feel your pain. My husband is very veggie-phobic and even when I think I have chopped something up enough to “hide” it in food, he finds it and trys to pick it out. I’ve tried new vegetables that don’t think he’s eaten before and it still doesn’t work.

I’m seriously considering buying Deceptively Delicious just to get him to eat a few. I have had luck with sweet potato fries….by giving him ketchup.


35 Angie March 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Stick to the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays. Their entrees are notoriously unhealthy.

One pasta entree makes this list of top ten worst foods:

and I believe their Turkey Burger made Men’s Health’s worst foods list too.

Enjoy your salad!


36 Jo March 18, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Here is my version of baked oatmeal but it looks more like break than yours – it is yummy too (try subbing with almond butter too!)

Baked Oatmeal with Banana & Peanut Butter

Servings: 3

2/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup Hodgson Mill Multi Grain Hot Cereal
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup skim milk
1/3 cup Egg Beaters® 99% egg substitute
1 medium bananas — mashed
1/8 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter

Combine wet ingredinets and add dry ingredients.

Bake in sprayed 8×4-inch loaf pan at 350F for 35 minutes. Serve warm or cold. (I actually prefer this type of oatmeal cold.)

Per Serving: 282 Calories; 8g Fat (24.1% calories from fat); 12g Protein; 43g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 1mg Cholesterol; 412mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fruit; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.


37 Jo March 18, 2008 at 1:11 pm

make that ‘looks like bread’ rather than break :(


38 KarenR March 18, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Kiala, I always say my husband eats like a 12 year old boy. As in “Hey, does Mike like sushi?” me: “Does a 12yo BOY like sushi?” It’s pretty much Pringles and Mountain Dew. And he is FORTY THREE!


39 Becca March 18, 2008 at 1:30 pm

All I can say is wow, does that baked oatmeal look good! I’m going to have to try it!


40 Susa March 18, 2008 at 1:32 pm

OK, I just came across this article and had to share.
“All you can eat seats” at games?? Are they insane??

Thanks again to all the healthy food bloggers for providing inspiration and proving that eating right is not a hard thing.

Kath the baked oatmeal looks too good!

Jo-thank you :) . Another Hodgson Mill fan?


41 Patricia March 18, 2008 at 1:48 pm

I agree, the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays is delicious! I hate going to chain restaurants, but this is an exception!
I also like their broccoli quiche… I don’t know how healthy that is though!

Have a great Tuesday!


42 Ally March 18, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Ooh yum!! That’s my new breakfast mission! I will make some baked oatmeal before Spring Break is done!

It is really cloudy today… I think I’m personally going to go on a walk with my dog and then elliptical- cloudy weather is never fun.

Happy Tuesday!


43 Julie March 18, 2008 at 2:09 pm

I agree about Ruby Tuesday! I love the salad bar – it’s one of my favorite places to eat and I usually avoid chain restaurants.

I have a question maybe someone can help with. My gym measures body fat w/ the thing that you hold in both hands and it sends the current through (not sure what that’s called). Anyway, I was going to have that done this week but I heard it’s not always accurate. Is there anyway to improve the likelihood of it being accurate?


44 Kelly T March 18, 2008 at 2:12 pm

I made hamburgers last night for my boy (who through some miracle agreed to walk to the store with me) The only thing close to a veggie he would eat was a pepperoncini. On the side. Im pretty sure that doesn’t count.

I on the other hand had fresh spinach, tomato, onions, and sliced avacado. I have discovered avacado is good on everything. I’ve made brownies with it before. delish.


45 Aimee H. March 18, 2008 at 2:32 pm

hahaa.. Kiala, I know exactly how you feel. My boyfriend would never eat veggies if he had to fend for himself. But he basically will eat a salad every night if I make it for him. I just don’t emphasize that things are “healthy” or “good for him” – it seems to work.


46 NCCarter March 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm

I’m a very healthy eater, but I do have a vice of one Diet Coke (12 oz. can) a day. Anyone else still drink it? Sometimes I’m just crazy and have 2.


47 Amalia March 18, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I used to be the same way. Then I decided to allow myself to drink a diet coke only on monday and friday. After a few weeks, I didn’t miss it at all, and was able to phase it out. Now I only have it with pizza because I just love pizza and diet coke :)


48 VeggieGirl March 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Okay, BAKED OATMEAL?!?!?! Kath, as I’ve said many times before, you truly are an culinary genius!! Yum.

The weather is dreary here as well – hope you’re still able to enjoy it though!


49 Smiles March 18, 2008 at 3:35 pm

julie- the best way to make sure its accurate is to not have eaten a big meal for 3 or more hours b4 and not have drank any large amounts of water b4 either!! and yes its not the most accurate but a good way to see progress or estimation!


50 Elina March 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm

NCCarter, I drink diet coke once in a while. I used to be a huge addict, but now I have it only with sandwiches and pizza (if it’s around the house), so maybe just a few times a week at most.


51 NCCarter March 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Yeah, I can’t imagine pizza without diet coke. I know this sounds gross, but I actually dip my crust into my diet coke. Shhh…don’t tell anyone!


52 Tara March 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm



53 Susa March 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm

NCCarter-I need my Diet Dr Pepper daily too.
I am just human, not perfect and I think I could do a lot worse.
Maybe I am more relaxed about it because I am now at a healthy weight (I used to be very skinny), am exercising daily, eating well (diet used to be Cornflakes and milk) and am not smoking anymore. So I’ve come a long way.
No need to beat yourself up over a little thing. If you enjoy it, have it. If it makes you happy you’ll be healthier than if you deprived yourself.


54 Julie March 18, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Smiles – thanks!


55 NCCarter March 18, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Thanks, Susa. That’s pretty much how I feel. There are days when I don’t have any diet coke at all…I can certainly live without it (I’m not an addict…I swear I don’t have a problem…ha ha). Really, it’s the worst thing I have on an ongoing basis. I think I could do worse.


56 Allison March 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Okay, I will make everyone else feel really good about themselves. We have free soda in the office and I frequently will drink 5 or 6 caffeine free diet cokes A DAY!!! Especially if I am stressed. But I thought, for Holy Week I would give up all artificial sweetners (I was going to do it for lent, but it didn’t happen) and so far I really haven’t missed it much.


57 Katers March 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm

That All You Can Eat baseball seats thing is distrurbing. Thanks for sharing Susa!

The obesity epidemic is such a strain on our health care, economy, school system, way of life, etc, etc. It just makes me so mad to see things like those seats that are clearly promoting a very unhealthy way of life. :(


58 Kath March 18, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Yep, Quaker Old Fashioned is what I use.

So glad you like the blog :)

Amanda ,
I’m not sure about the Quick Oats – you might need to add more (or less??) liquid to accommodate for their increased absorbency. My mom is going to try it tomorrow and she only had quick so I will let you know how hers go.

Courtney ,
Lots of the recipes called for apples. I’m DEFINITELY making this with blueberries when the season comes!! Blueberry cobbler for breakfast!! (I might try with frozen but I think they might be too watery).

Nadia ,
You can buy parchment near the tin foil and plastic wrap. It comes in a roll too. You could probably use foil – or just cooking spray and a non-stick pan and have a little messier removal.

Rachel ,
Glad you like the oats!! Thanks for reading :)

rachel k,
I have DEFINITELY noticed more definition in my arms since I started doing more variety – which I think is key. I also added pull-ups and think they work really well to define arms. You should ask Kelly for some routine recommendations on her fitness blog!

Unfortunately I would say the baked oatmeal is kind of mushy :( Maybe you could work on an oatmeal cookie recipes that is breakfast-worthy and crispy!? I think cooked plums and nectarines would be divine in oatmeal (or any hot breakfast). I can’t wait until they are in season and you’ll see them in mine!

Kristin ,
Normally I’d agree with you on the weather, but I think having my mom along prolonged the outdoor workout :) Glad you like the pumpkin yogurt!

MoniMoni ,
SO GLAD to hear of another oatmeal convert!!

Jo ,
Your recipe looks good too! Very similar but with 1 cup less milk. Maybe if you added more liquid it would puff up more and be less bread-like ??

Susa ,
Thanks for sharing the link. Sounds like fun – but sickening too! I bet my dad would like it :)



59 emily March 18, 2008 at 5:31 pm

NCCarter – I think we were separated at birth! I too am addicted to diet coke and I Always dip my pizza crusts! My husband thinks I’m disgusting but it’s one of my favorite food combos of all time. Pretzels in diet Dr. Pepper are pretty amazing too.


60 Bridget March 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Ok, I have to admit I recently went to a hockey game and sat in an “all-you-can-eat” seat…some friends wanted to go and I didn’t want to be the party pooper! It was just as you imagine- all kinds of people and families eating unbelievable amounts of HOT DOGS. Ew. My husband ate a pretty gross amount and I threatened to make him sleep on the couch. Personally, I had a diet coke and some popcorn…and would have rather spent the few extra bucks on better seats instead of on unlimited amounts of hot dog, popcorn, and soda!


61 Anali March 19, 2008 at 8:37 am

Great recipe! I make oatmeal just about everyday, but this is a nice twist! ; )


62 Zizo December 25, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Absolutely beautiful recipe. i was looking all over for a one that doesn’t use large amouns of sugar and butter, and yours is perfect. It’s also great that you inculded photos of the process.
Thank you very much for sharing!

I never thought i’d ever be drooling while reading a website about oatmeal :) Better yet, i never thought i’d ever write a commnet to compliment an oatmeal recipe, but here i am.. I am a convert!


63 Sarah July 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Kath this has become a staple for my family. The basic portions allow for much experimentation. I mostly use mashed bananas and shredded apple, but also throw in almond meal. It is a great make ahead breakfast option. Even traveling I just added bisquick instead of baking powder and it still came out great. Love your site.


64 Nicole February 28, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Made this with almond milk, 1 extra mashed banana in the wet ingredients, no applesauce (didn’t have any) and no sugar on top-turned out great…although I couldn’t stop eating it, more like 2 servings instead of 4 for me! :)


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