baked banana oatmeal

I have never liked oatmeal.  Ever. I’d even go so far as to say I hate it.

So naturally, I went out and bought some.

My plan was to dress it up in fruit, maybe mix in some maple syrup for sweetness with bits of crunchy granola for texture. Nope…still hated it.  So now I was stuck with a container of plain oats (blech) and nothing to do with it. 

I wasn’t actively seeking any recipes for oatmeal, when I came across baked banana oatmeal.  And what was so weird and foreign to me was that Kath LOVES her oatmeal.  I mean, loves it to the point where she even has an ode to it!

Baked banana oatmeal (adapted from Kath Eats Real Food)
6-10 servings, depending on the size of portions

1 cup dry oats
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 egg, beat
2 bananas, 1 sliced, 1 mashed
1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cinnamon, to taste
1 tablespoon of brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine dry ingredients and mix.
Combine wet ingredients, excluding the sliced banana.
Combine wet and dry ingredients together and mix well.
Line a small pan with tin foil.
Lay a few banana slices on the bottom of pan.
Pour batter into pan.
Lay the rest of the banana slices on top. Sprinkle cinnamon.
Place in oven for about 25-30 minutes.
Remove and sprinkle brown sugar over oatmeal.  Place back in oven.
Set oven to broil for 2-3 minutes.
Remove immediately.

So have I changed my mind about oatmeal after making this? Not really.  Baked banana oatmeal is very good and by the time this post is published, I’ll probably be scarfing it down.  I’d also say if you’re a fan of banana bread, you’ll most likely love this healthier breakfast alternative.  But oatmeal, in general?  I just can’t do it anymore.  The taste, the texture…just not for me.

Do you have any foods that you will absolutely not tolerate?  Oatmeal and onions are my nonnegotiables.  What are some of yours?

-jillian m.

18 responses to “baked banana oatmeal”

  1. Ana Degenaar says:

    Bookmarked! Oatmeal and I have a love-have relationship but I thing we'll get better after this.

  2. Mikko Tyllinen says:

    Looks fantastic! :)

  3. says:

    Me neither…I'm sooo anti texture in oatmeal although I'm bookmarking this guy to bring to my mom's house. She looooves her oatmeal and it looks like I could actually eat this iteration.

  4. Aquí says:

    this is so different but it looks really yummy! Need to try this!

  5. Caroline says:

    I love oatmeal!! AND, I love this!!!! YUM!

  6. Sam {} says:

    yum. i am actually a huge oatmeal fan. can't do peanut butter, though :)

  7. emily says:

    for me, walnuts or cashews or anything like that are always a no-go. i do love oatmeal though!! hot breakfast is irresistible

  8. la petite coquine says:

    Oh oatmeal-I feel exactly the same way you do. Why does it have to be so damn mushy? Maybe one day I'll appreciate food like that, but that day isn't here yet!

  9. jennifer says:

    You know I love onions, but I HATE spinach

  10. Sara Louise says:

    I think I would like this. I like banana baked in things, and like banana pudding, because I love the banana flavor, but I can't eat a plain old banana. The texture freaks me out.

  11. jillian m. says:

    Sam – I never liked peanut butter either, but somehow it grew on me!

    Emily – Totally understand the nuts thing. I eat them sparingly.

    Lena – Oh, fellow oatmeal hater! The mushiness is so weird to me! Although, I kind of like mushy rice, so…

    Jen – You're a freak. I don't even know how you can bite into a raw onion like you do.

    Sara – Bananas, really? Actually, I can kind of understand because I don't know any other food that has that type of soft/firm texture. And I don't really like those stringy parts between the peel and the actual fruit.

  12. hellotampon says:

    I don't like donuts or pretzels or potato chips (except for Munchos, those are delicious).

  13. Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* says:

    Haha, I went through my own quest to learn to like oatmeal! This is my perfected blend:


  14. Anna says:

    Yum yum yum yum! Want this right now!

  15. Bridget says:

    yummmmm. that's so up my alley.

  16. Yelena Starikova says:

    OMG!!! Im doing it! Looks so DELISH!!!


  17. Monica {bohemian twilight} says:

    me, the Mr, and little Miss 3 all love oatmeal! we usually take it with honey.

    i also use it to make oatmeal cookies.
    i'll be trying this for sure. thanks.

    and good on you for giving it another chance and discovering there is a way you do enjoy it.

    my no-go food is celery.

  18. Alissa says:

    Love oatmeal, can't stand mushrooms and olives. I hoped I'd grow out of it, but no luck. I think I'm stuck this way. :)

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