Baked Blueberry and Banana Oatmeal

I have a confession:  I am not really good at eating breakfast.  Breakfast to me is a Larabar, maybe a glass of milk, and a huge thermos of coffee on my way to work.  Because, sadly enough, the benefits of snoozing in my warm bed with my happy family (Scout the dog, and Jinx and Cosmo the cats) outweigh (at the time) the benefits of getting out of the snuggly bed, fixing the breakfast (because that takes extra effort and energy that I simply do not have at 5:45 am), and the nuisance of extra dirty dishes piled up in my sink.  Wow.  I’m good at these excuses.

But, as they say, breakfast IS the most important part of the day.  Because when I don’t eat anything, by 11am, I am more likely thinking about those French fries in the food court than the work that is in front of me.  And then I am certainly more likely to head to the gift shop where they stock loads of sugary treats and salty snacks.  If I eat a decent-sized, well-balanced breakfast, then I am more likely to stay focused, full, and less likely to binge on all the junk food I can find.

So, in order to start things out on the right foot for my new job, I vowed to try to get a decent breakfast as much as possible.  This baked oatmeal recipe made it so much easier. I baked it on a Sunday, when I had ample time to prepare and use the oven, and then I simply reheated the leftovers in the microwave in the morning throughout the week.  I literally ate this until the leftovers were completely gone, usually during my make-up application or while fixing my hair…and boy, was it ever good.  I love the way baked bananas taste…but you could probably substitute any kind of seasonal fruit here.  Here’s to full bellies in the morning….

Baked Blueberry and Banana Oatmeal

Servings: approximately 4



1 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped and lightly toasted

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup maple syrup, plus more for serving

1 cup milk

1 large egg

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ripe bananas, sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces

3/4 cup fresh blueberries


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Grease or spray a 1 and 1/2-quart casserole dish with either butter or cooking spray.

3. In a medium bowl, toss together the oats, half of the walnuts, the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, milk, egg, half of the melted butter, and the vanilla.

5. Place the sliced banana pieces in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared casserole dish.

6. Sprinkle about two-thirds of the fresh blueberries over the top of the bananas, then cover the blueberries with the oat mixture.

7. Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats, making sure to distribute the milk as evenly as possible.

8.  Sprinkle the remaining blueberries and walnuts over the top of the oats.

9.  Bake the oatmeal for 35-45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the oats have set.

10. Remove the oatmeal from the oven and drizzle the remaining butter over the top and serve.**Feel free to garnish with whatever toppings you like: more maple syrup, butter, brown sugar, etc.



Source: Adapted from Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson.


July 8, 2011 - 5:14 am

Maureen - I’ve never eaten baked oatmeal and sort of squinched up my nose at the title but this looks delicious! Good that you’ve started eating breakfast – you’ll work much more efficiently. 🙂

July 8, 2011 - 6:10 am

branny - I eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast but never something this luxurious. I think this recipe might even get my oat-hating husband to appreciate oatmeal.

July 8, 2011 - 8:18 am
July 8, 2011 - 8:35 am

Lauren at Keep It Sweet - I am a huge breakfast person and love any form of oatmeal. This looks like a delicious dish!

July 8, 2011 - 12:45 pm

Heidi @ Food Doodles - Yum! I love baked oatmeal but I need to add bananas and blueberries to it because that looks awesome! Yum 😀

July 8, 2011 - 5:36 pm

Joanna - This looks so so good! Do you think quick oats would work?

July 8, 2011 - 6:00 pm

srlacy - Hi Joanna-

Unfortunately, quick oats probably won’t work. They won’t hold up to that much liquid and the baking process-probably leaving you with a soggy mess. I would stick with the rolled kind. I hope this helps!


July 8, 2011 - 9:05 pm

Veron - This looks so good! Do you think it’s possible to store it? I’ll be the only one eating it so i definitely can’t finish all of that at one go.

July 9, 2011 - 8:21 am

srlacy - Hi Veron-

I actually refrigerated mine for about 3 days, and I simply reheated my individual portions in the microwave each morning. It was fine, and I used every bit of the leftovers!

July 9, 2011 - 9:16 am

Josie - I made baked pumpkin oatmeal last fall, but I am really loving this combination. Blueberries and bananas are my daughter’s very favorite fruits!

July 9, 2011 - 8:15 pm

Donna - Looks delish! Happy Anniversary!

July 9, 2011 - 9:29 pm

Annie - I’m SO glad you posted this one. It was one of the first that caught my eye when I picked up this book. I’m going grocery shopping in the morning, coming home, and making this!

July 11, 2011 - 8:59 am

Nicole O - My daughter and I are so excited to try this for breakfast today! Where do the baking powder and cinnamon come in?? I’m going to assume they’re mixed into the oat mixture? I’ll cross my fingers. Also, what about the second tbsp of the melted butter? Thanks so much for sharing, we’re so excited for breakfast today!!

July 11, 2011 - 9:18 am

srlacy - Hi Nicole-please see steps #3 and #10 for the instructions. I hope you like it-it’s one of my new favorites! 🙂

July 11, 2011 - 9:55 am

Nicole O - Wow.. maybe I should have some coffee before I start baking in the morning 😉
Thanks! Our kitchen smells amazing right now..

July 11, 2011 - 10:21 am

Caroline @ chocolate and carrots - Yum! I’m definitely a morning person, so getting up to fix breakfast is natural to me. This looks fabulous! I love the addition of nuts on it too…protein!!! 🙂

July 12, 2011 - 7:47 am

Lori - Thanks for posting Shannon. This might help my son get back on the healthier track. If it just has to be reheated and then eaten, it’s easy enough for him. Thanks for the great recipes. I enjoy your blog with my morning tea!

July 12, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Courtney R - I usually add bananas and other fruit to my baked oatmeal after the fact. I love the idea of baking them in with it. I’m enjoying reading your blog!

July 25, 2011 - 1:24 pm

Sonya - I made this last night to have for breakfast and both my son and I loved it! Thanks for the great recipe

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July 27, 2011 - 2:28 pm

DawnK - My kids made this the other day and it was delicious! I totally know what you mean about not wanting to fuss for breakfast, because you would rather stay in bed, yet a bowl of dry cereal with milk just doesn’t last all morning.

I don’t always have to work early in the morning, but making something like this the night before and just having to microwave the leftovers would be a great idea. I loved the walnuts in it, too, for a little bit of crunch.

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If you only combine the dry ingredients the night before, you should be ok. I would think that the oats and banana would become really soggy and soupy if it’s prepped the night before and baked the morning after. I have not tried it with steel cut oats-they traditionally have a much longer baking time than rolled oats, so you may have to adjust your baking time. Let me know if you try it-I love steel cut oats and would love to have another recipe to use them in!

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