Baked Banana Pecan Oatmeal

Ever since I was little I have always enjoyed a big bowl of oatmeal in the morning. It is a heart healthy way to kick-start your day! It’s not like many breakfast foods where you can feel weighed down and hungry again in a few hours. The first time I made baked oatmeal at home was over a year ago and I have been making the same recipe ever since. The Baked Apple Walnut Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast recipes and we have it a few times a month.

This time I wanted to mix it up a bit and try a baked banana oatmeal. I landed upon a recipe that looked delicious and adapted it slightly to include some of my favorite ingredients from the baked apple oatmeal. The result was fabulous! It reminds me of a mix between an oatmeal bar and traditional creamy breakfast oatmeal. Packed with healthy oats, bananas and pecans, how can you go wrong?

Baked Banana Pecan Oatmeal

Yield: about 5 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 27 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked oats fashioned oats
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar plus 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 bananas (1 mashed and 2 sliced)
1 large egg, beaten

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray an 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine oats, salt, 1/2 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, and baking powder; set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the milk, vanilla, mashed banana and egg. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well.
Line the bottom of the baking dish with half of sliced bananas. Pour the oat mixture over the bananas and top with the remaining sliced bananas.
Bake at for 25 minutes. Remove the oatmeal from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Turn the broiler on and place the oatmeal back in the oven. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the brown sugar melts. Serve warm.

Source: adapted from Kath Eats Real Food

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