February 26, 2023

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Got overripe bananas? Move over banana bread! This Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal just might become your new favorite way to use them up!

I love making baked oatmeals, as evidenced by the numerous variations I have posted on the blog. I mean, short of eating actual cake for breakfast, this is the next closest thing. And this Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal? I think I like it better than banana bread. 

Baked oatmeals are one of my favorite meal prep items. I recently taught the “Benefits of Breakfast” workshop that’s part of the Food as Medicine Everyday series I facilitate at work. I shared with participants that if I get breakfasts meal prepped for the week on Sundays, I know it will be a good week. My two favorite things to make are mini frittatas (baked egg cups loaded with veggies), and baked oatmeals. A savory and a sweet option, and I’m good to go. 

This Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal uses three overripe bananas, so next time you’ve got some sad bananas on your counter, make this recipe! i loaded it with chopped walnuts and chocolate chips, but use whatever your favorite banana bread additions are. Almonds? Great. Shredded coconut? Yum. Pecans? Cool. Do you! Whatever you do, just make this Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal!

Ingredients assembled for Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
Assemble your ingredients.

Stages of preparing the oatmeal mixture
Peel and mash the banana well. In a separate large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the mashed bananas and whisk to combine, then add to the dry ingredients and mix until combine. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips.

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal in a pan next to a yellow bowl with a spoon
Bake the oatmeal until set in the center, about 40-45 minutes. Serve warm!

A square of Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal served in a yellow stoneware bowl with an antique spoon that has the word joyful stamped on it
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal is definitely a joyful way to start the day!

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Got overripe bananas? Move over banana bread! This Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal just might become your new favorite way to use them up!


Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful











4 cups rolled (old-fashioned) oats

2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. sea salt

3 overripe bananas, peeled

2 large eggs

1 cup milk (dairy or plant)

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish, and set aside. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients: oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine. 
  3. In a large bowl, mash the overripe bananas well with a fork. Add the eggs, milk, maple syrup and vanilla and whisk until combined. 
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir until combined. Add the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts, and stir until incorporated. 
  5. Pour the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  6. Serve the baked oatmeal warm, as-is or topped with milk or cream. Store leftover baked oatmeal in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator, and reheat as needed. 
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