Recipe Review

Banana Bread Baked Oats Will Become Your New Breakfast Obsession

published Apr 16, 2022
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When it comes to fruit, bananas and pineapples have always reigned supreme for me. In more recent years, however, the versatility of bananas has given them a slight leg up in my hierarchy of favorites. From homemade frozen Snickers banana pops to crispy banana chips, there are endless ways to incorporate the popular fruit into both sweet and savory dishes. And thanks to self-proclaimed oats lover and recipe developer, Lucy Heaton (@beaheaton on Instagram), I now have another way to do just that.

In a recent Reel, the U.K.-based content creator showcased her recipe for Banana Bread Baked Oats that immediately stopped me in my tracks. The combination of a few of my favorite foods — chocolate, oats, and bananas — reimagined into my all-time favorite banana dish? Here for it. And once I realized how easy it is to make, I knew I had to save it for one to try later.

This simple recipe starts by preheating the oven to 400°F before adding tasty oats, your favorite milk, vanilla extract, brown sugar, a ripe banana, a dash of cinnamon, and baking soda into a blender. And for those who want an added benefit, Heaton suggests adding half of a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder and blending all the ingredients until a smooth consistency is reached. 

Next, you’ll want to transfer the mix to an oven-safe bowl, stir in pieces of your favorite chocolate chips, and top it off with slices of banana. Then, place it in the oven and allow it to bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

You can use the time that your oats are baking to create your chocolate sauce topping by stirring in thick yogurt (like Greek), maple syrup, cocoa powder, and boiling water together in a bowl. If you’re like me and like your banana bread more on the sweeter side, feel free to add more maple syrup. 

Once your bread is done baking and is removed from the oven, you can drizzle the sauce on your baked oats and enjoy the sweet treat before tackling your day — or enjoy throughout the day, if you’d like!