Baked Banana & Blueberry Oatmeal

I love breakfast. I really do. With a newborn in the house, and nursing around the clock, I wake up starving. Most of the time I eat something quick and easy like whole grain cereal, eggs and/or fruit, but I love the weekends when I have more time to experiment. I’ve been wanting to try this baked oatmeal for some time. I always have oatmeal well-stocked in my pantry- from meatloaf, to pancakes, to peanut butter balls and of course just a simple hot breakfast, there are so many uses for oatmeal, not to mention it is such a nutritious food. Blueberries are running low over here so I think next time I will have to make this with blackberries or raspberries. I loved the flavor of cooked bananas too- it really adds a lot of depth to this casserole, but feel free to sub another fruit if you don’t like bananas (who ever you crazy people are).

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I found it plenty sweet on it’s own but you could also drizzle a little maple syrup over your bowl after it’s cooked. This is a perfect, healthy dish to have around for the Holidays, to make for company or to just eat by yourself (well you shouldn’t eat it ALL by yourself at one time….that wouldn’t be practicing moderation, but it will hold up just fine in the fridge and would be great for leftovers). Please note: it looks like a lot, but our family (of four eaters) finished this in one setting. Plan to double if needed.

Source: Adapted from Curvy Carrots who adapted it from Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

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  1. says

    We are always on the same wavelength! I am making a fall baked oatmeal for dinner this week! I will add pecans and mesh the 2 recipes now :) Thanks and I don’t know you managed to do this with a tiny one!

  2. says

    I am about to make this. Buuuut I don’t have bananas :( (my grandma ate it this morning :P) . However I do have blueberries :). Would it turn out with out the bananas?? I could wait to go to the store tomorrow but I want it now..lol

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Ok, it won’t be AS good without the bananas but it will still work. Just add more of the blueberries or whatever other fruit you might use. :) Good luck!

  3. Joann says

    Do you think steel cut oats could be substituted? I know they usually take longer to cook but I don’t buy rolled oats.

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Hi Joann, thanks for visiting! I am not sure what the end result would be, but I think it’s worth a try. Worse case, you would need to bake it a little longer and use a little more milk. I’ll let you know if I get a chance to try it with steel cut oats. I bet it would be great. Melanie

  4. Tara says

    Looks so good but I ave a question. What is the texture like? Is the whole thing crispy or mushy? I have children (including the one I’m married to) with texture issues.
    Thanks,
    Tara

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Hi Tara,
      I’ll have to say it’s in between. It is definitely not crispy but is much more firm than regular oatmeal (keep in mind the bananas are even softer since they are cooked). I would say try it and you could always keep the leftovers for you. It really doesn’t make all that much so hopefully it wouldn’t go to waste. It reheats well. Good luck- hope they like it! Melanie

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Joanna,
      Sorry for the delay. I don’t usually calculate calories just because of the extra time it takes, but since this was pretty simple I calculated it for you- it has 317 calories per serving (4 servings per dish). :)
      Melanie

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Thanks for the comment Cherie! Glad you liked it. You can really change it up with different fruit too which is nice. :)

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Hi Joan- It definitely keeps well in the fridge so you could plan to eat it for a few days in a row. Maybe test out freezing one portion and see what it’s like. I would think it would be fine, but I am not sure. The food rarely makes it to our freezer! :)

  5. Jennifer Coventry says

    Hey Melanie,

    I just found your recipe on Pinterest. It looks wonderful! I was wondering if you might know the calorie count per serving. I started a “lower” calorie diet and I’m looking for healthy option! Thanks so much for your help!

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Jennifer,
      I don’t usually calculate calories just because of the extra time it takes. I went ahead and did it for this one since there weren’t too many ingredients. It has 317 calories per serving. You could always omit the 2 T of butter to knock off 50 extra calories per serving. :)
      Melanie

  6. Krystal says

    Those of you asking about calorie counts should look into a site called myfitnesspal.com. It is free to join, and there is a place where you can enter a whole recipe, and it will calculate the calories per serving.

  7. says

    I just made this with my girls this morning, and we loved it. In fact, my girls (4 and 2) are on their third helping. Thank you! We’re on a quest to makeover our breakfast routine, and this will become a regular morning feature in our house now.

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      So glad they liked it. I have a 3 & 5 year old and I always love when they try (and like) a new dish! Thanks for your comment Jasmine!

  8. Katherine says

    This looks so good! We are huge oatmeal, banana, and blueberry fans! I have a three-year old and a five-month old, and my husband is working on the other side of the country for a few months. Needless to say, our mornings are a little bit crazy! My question: could I assemble this the night before and pop it in the oven when we wake up in the morning? Or would it be best just to cook it right away and then reheat? Thanks! :)

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Hi Katherine,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Although I haven’t tried it, I think assembling it the night before would be just fine! The leftovers reheat well too so another option is to bake it on a Sunday when you have more time & have leftovers during the week. That would be even quicker- just a quick warm-up in the microwave!

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Hi Judy,
      I think frozen blueberries would work great. Yes, I’d thaw them first (at least partially). Let me know how it turns out! Melanie @ Nutritious Eats

  9. Valerie says

    Made it this morning for overnight guests. Doubled the recipe. There were 4 of us and more than 1/2 of the pan was eaten. They all loved it. I changed out the pecans for walnuts and then topped it with slivered almonds. Would be fun to try it with raspberries or blackberries. Definitely delish!!!

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