Yesterday, I made these strawberry banana baked oats after brainstorming creative breakfast ideas. Every time I make oats, I just top them with peanut butter and banana. Sometimes, I’ll make them gingerbread flavored or add in some granola. I never make baked oats, which is odd because I think they’re amazing. There’s so many creative ways to make baked oats taste heavenly. Honestly, you don’t even have to use flour if you don’t want to.
I’m trying to make more of an effort when it comes to making breakfast in the mornings. When it comes to breakfast, I try to make meals that take less than an hour. During my morning routines, I typically have a lot to do. I have to make sure Viviana doesn’t dump her breakfast on the floor. Also, I have to make sure she actually eats her breakfast. Lately, it’s been a little difficult to get her to enjoy breakfast. She prefers to eat lunch and dinner for some odd reason.
Outside of making sure Viviana finishes her meal, I have to clean, keep track of what photoshoots I’m doing for the day, do my lengthy skin care routine, and also try and find a way to plan a work out for the day. It’s so difficult for me to get a work out in each day! But, you make time for what you love to do. So, I try to do work outs that I actually enjoy instead of doing the ones that I don’t. Hello yoga, goodbye cardio.
How to make strawberry banana baked oatmeal:
First things first, choose an unflavored brand of rolled oats. Due to the fact that flavored oats are typically loaded with sugar and unnecessary additives, you’re gonna want to purchase them unflavored. That is because you should be in control of the amount of flavorings (ingredients) that you put into your oats. Also, oatmeal tastes so much better when you flavor it yourself. Store brand oatmeal always tastes so artificial. And, you never actually want to finish eating those oats either.
Next thing I want you to do is to use some type of milk in this strawberry banana baked oatmeal recipe. Using milk instead of water adds so much more flavor here.
After adding milk, it’s time to add in some flour! I chose to use my apple flour because I never use it. Apple flour isn’t anything special. It’s basically just whole wheat flour with apple peel inside. It doesn’t add any strange flavor to this recipe. Honestly, adding flour isn’t necessary and just creates a nice crust on these oats. You can simply just add in some baking powder and call it a day.
Lastly, add in some fruits and nuts. I didn’t have any protein powder in the house at the time, so I didn’t add any! I chose to use strawberries and bananas because I love strawberries and bananas with chocolate.
Benefits of eating oatmeal for breakfast:
Oatmeal is the perfect food to eat for breakfast because it’s loaded nutrients. Whenever I eat oatmeal in the mornings, I never experience a “crash” the way I do whenever I eat a dish like cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
And for those of you that care about things like this, it’s been said that oatmeal can help you lose weight. This is due to the fact that you’re more likely to get full faster eating a bowl of oats compared to eating any other popular breakfast dish in the mornings; such as cereals, bread, or pop tarts.
I like to eat oatmeal in the mornings because it doesn’t take too long to cook and the flavor is based on what you put in it. So, if you don’t like oatmeal, you probably haven’t tried the right flavor combination.
Delicious baked oatmeal combinations:
Here are a few of my suggestions for baked oatmeal:
- Peanut Butter, Raspberry Jam, Banana, and Pumpkin Seeds
- Almond Butter, Apples, Walnuts, & Hemp Seeds
- Pineapples, Coconut Yogurt, Pecans, & Vanilla Granola
- Chocolate Chips, Banana, Cashew Butter, & Chocolate Granola
Strawberry banana baked oatmeal tastes even more delicious when refrigerated overnight. Also, you don’t have to heat it up if you don’t want to. They’re delicious cold as well!
In conclusion, keep in mind that the outcome of these baked oats is based on the ingredients that you add to it. I can’t stress this enough. If you want your baked oats to taste less crumbly compared to mine, then you’re going to need to use a vegan egg or an egg replacer. I was feeling lazy, so I chose not to use an egg replacer. This will hold it together a little more.
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Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 1/3 cup Apple Flour
- 1 cup Strawberries
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 1 tsp Ground Flax
- 1 tsp Chia Seeds
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1 tsp Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil Cooking Spray, for spraying
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Spray two ramekins with cooking spray and set aside. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
- Add the rolled oats, almond milk, apple flour, ground flax, chia seeds, and coconut oil to a medium sized bowl. Mix using a spoon until fully combined and then mash in one banana. Add in the strawberries.
- Pour half of the mixture into one ramekin and the other half into another ramekin. Spray with coconut oil cooking spray.
- Place the ramekins on top of the cookie sheet and bake for 35 minutes.
- While waiting for the oats to bake, make the chocolate drizzle by adding two tbsp of chocolate chips into a small bowl and microwaving for 15 seconds. Stir. Remove from microwave and add 1 tsp of coconut oil to the bowl. Stir until all of the chocolate chips have melted.
- After 35 minutes, remove from oven and drizzle with chocolate immediately.
- Nutrition facts are an estimate.
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