I do enjoy baked oatmeal. It’s pretty much a whole different animal than oatmeal cooked in a saucepan – a bit drier which calls for a splash of cold milk. This particular oatmeal isn’t necessarily the healthiest, what with the chocolate and all, but man is it good.
I’ve had this on the site for a while and just recently made it again – it was just as good as I had remembered. It’s best eaten hot, so invite some friends over for brunch and have at it with your coffee. I made a double batch and heated leftovers for my kids’ breakfasts all week. It held up well and they enjoyed the breakfast splurge (and I was happy they were eating whole grains, nuts and fruit with nary a complaint).
Baked Oatmeal with Bananas and Bittersweet Chocolate
2 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. chopped almonds, toasted
1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 1/4 c. milk (soy or almond milk will work as well)
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
3 ripe bananas, sliced
1/2 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Whisk together oats, nuts, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in chips.
3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla.
4. Stir wet ingredients into dries and mix until combined.
5. Slice bananas into bowl and stir to combine.
6. Grease an 8×8 dish with nonstick spray and pour mixture into dish.
7. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
8. Serve with milk on top.