Good morning sunshine! Those are usually the first word I say to my kids in mornings.. that or go back to bed. Hah! But usually the former. Another usual at our house is scrambled eggs. My kids like them, they are easy to whisk up and a healthy filling breakfast so I oblige. However, I can only handle so much of any one food before I need a change! So when I noticed an image on Instagram of baked oatmeal, I was instantly captivated. After browsing numerous baked oatmeal hashtags I was craving it! I found a trend of health foodie accounts making little ramekins of individual sized baked oatmeal breakfasts and thought this would be fun to try out family sized.
Some of the Instagram’s baked the oatmeal with fruit in, some topped with fruit after cooking (which I did). Some soaked rolled oats over night before baking and others used quick oats. Whatever their preference was, the Instagram recipes were all pretty standard. An egg, maybe banana, some milk, baking powder and a few other ingredients. All incredibly healthy as well and so lean! I was so intrigued by baking oatmeal I had to try it out.
I portioned mine to fit in a 9 x 13 casserole dish because I’m feeding a family here. You would be surprised how easy it was to whip up this easy baked oatmeal. I stuck with flavors of apples, cinnamon and brown sugar to give this a traditional oatmeal flavor. Oh and I might have snuck in a few chocolate chips for good measure! When I dished up the baked oatmeal, I added some berries, bananas and drizzled a little maple syrup over top. So delicious and got a little more nutrition into my kiddos bellies. If you’re eating plain, that is fantastic as well.
The texture was a little different then what I thought.. for some reason I expected a little crunchy?! I was way off- this is soft and chewy, a cross between an oatmeal cookie and a cake. Very different from any other breakfast casserole I have eaten but it was delicious and even better- so healthy! If you cook this up or have made a version in the past, let me know what you think! I’m looking for more ways to mix up this new baked oatmeal breakfast.
- 3 C Quick Oats
- 1 1/2 C Milk
- 2 Ripe Bananas
- 2 Apples
- 3 Eggs
- 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar*
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 C Chocolate Chips (optional)
- Using a food processor or cheese grater, shred the apples.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Add apples, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine.
- Add milk and oats and stir.
- Add Chocolate Chips if using.
- Batter will be very thick. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 dish and bake for 20 mins @ 350 degs. F.
- Serve warm alone, topped with fruit and/or maple syrup. Enjoy!
*You can add more or less sugar depending on your taste. For a super healthy breakfast, feel free to omit.