Baked oatmeal is a current trend and for good reason. It packs all the nutritional punch of oatmeal, but can be made ahead, freezes and travels well, and is so versatile. This recipe gets all its sweetness from very ripe bananas though the addition of a little sweetener or some chocolate chips is tasty as well. The added peanut butter gives some protein to fill you up longer. For those who need nut free, an egg substitute is noted in the recipe. Make them as bars or muffins and enjoy!

Yields 9-12 squares or 12 muffins

Baked Banana Oatmeal
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  • 1 1/2 cups very ripe bananas, mashed smooth
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or 2 eggs for a nut butter sub)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups instant or rolled oats (ground in a food processor or blender)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Optional: ¼ cup chocolate chips, blueberries, or dried fruit


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add the ingredients to a medium bowl, and stir to combine thoroughly.
  3. Pour into the prepared pan, smoothing even.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until firm to the touch and lightly golden around the edges. Let cool in pan, then life out onto cutting board and slice into the desired amount of pieces.


You can add ¼ cup maple syrup to make this sweeter if your bananas are not very ripe. Bake in a well greased muffin pan for individual portions. Muffin bake time is 15-17 minutes.