Fitness Focus: Baked Banana Oatmeal

This is another great weekend morning treat – especially if it’s feeling fall-ish wherey ou are. If you are home and in the mood for a slightly sweet, comfort-foody breakfast (if not, you are probably a Cylon), I recommend trying this one out.

Baked oatmeal was actually Dave’s idea. I hadn’t had it before and was really pleased. The whole grains and the way this dish is filling without being heavy make it perfect for runners and folks doing big projects. Highly recommended by this running family.

This recipe is based on one from Epicurious.

  • 2 cups rolled oats (NOT instant!)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and given a few minutes to cool down
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 ripe bananas, cut into rounds

Tip: Serve with maple syrup, jam/conserve/preserves or tart fresh fruit.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Start by spraying a 10×10 glass baking dish or a similarly-sized pie pan well with nonstick spray (or buttering if you prefer). Arrange the banana slices on the bottom (pretty close to a single layer is good, but not a dealbreaker if some overlap).

In a bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. In another vessel (I like to do this in one of those 2-cup Pyrex glass liquid measurement cups), mix together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla. Letting the butter cool back down a bit is important so you don’t curdle the milk or egg. Putting the melted butter in cold milk might cause some of it to re-solidify into little curds – that is way less problematic because they will just melt again!

Pour the liquids into the solids and use a whisk to just blend. Pour over the bananas. Sprinkle the ground walnuts on top.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the top has some nice browning and the mixture appears to have set up.

I did about 4×4 inch squares for servings. My favorite was to have it with blueberry jam.


  1. I’m wondering if this could be adapted to use steel cut oats rather than rolled. Or par-cook some apples or pears to mix in. Or add dried fruit into the mix. Ok, to the kitchen it is! Thanks for the great idea!!

    Comment by ZarahPDX — September 8, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

  2. Any fruit would totally work – I’m definitely going to be trying many combinations 🙂 Maybe apple pie next!

    I think that you could use steel cut oat if you made sure the liquid ratio was similar. They cook similarly enough on a stove top. Let me know how it goes, and thank you for reading!

    Comment by bekky — September 8, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

  3. I would have never thought to combine baked banana oatmeal with blueberry jam but that sounds totally delicious! I’ll definitely try that.

    Comment by Ronja @ a dash of faith — September 9, 2012 @ 5:12 am

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