This healthy baked oatmeal recipe is simply the best! It is packed with 'good for you' ingredients and it's easy to prepare. It won't be long before you are doubling this recipe!
Unlike most traditional breakfast foods, this baked oatmeal is high in fiber. The fiber content (from oats, bananas, and strawberries) combined with the protein from egg and milk will help your kids feel full longer, and lessen those frequent requests for snacks!
I often double up on this recipe so that we have enough for left-overs. Simply reheat this healthy baked oatmeal the microwave when you are ready to serve it again! You can also put it in a thermos for lunch on the go! Hello, time-savings!
Now, I will spend some time reviewing the ingredients that make this healthy baked oatmeal recipe so great. For step by step instructions on how to make this, please scroll down to the recipe.
Strawberries are delicious and nutritious! These pretty, heart-shaped berries are high in vitamin C, antioxidants, vitamins, manganese, folate, fiber, and more.
Be sure to rinse strawberries well under running water. Remove the stems and then slice or chop the strawberries. Spread the strawberry pieces out in a single layer on the bottom of the baking dish. That's it!
I suggest you enjoy as many strawberries as you can, especially when they are at their best, which is in Spring and Summer. If you have the opportunity to pick your own strawberries, do it! And, if you can you bring your kids along to help pick, that's even better!
Strawberry picking is not something that I grew up doing, but now that I live near a few farms that offer 'u-pick' berries, I take full advantage of it!
Besides being full of fiber and potassium, bananas serve as a fabulous sweetener - especially over-ripe bananas!
If your bananas are browning and you aren't able to use them right away, peel them and stick the peeled bananas in a resealable plastic bag before placing them in the freezer. It's a perfect way to minimize waste!
If using frozen bananas for this recipe, be sure to defrost them first. It's easy!
I absolutely love cooking and baking with oats! Oats are an excellent source of soluble fiber, insoluble fiber, phosphorus, thiamine, magnesium, and zinc.
Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends that at least half of the grains you eat are whole grains? It's true!
The touch of pure maple syrup is optional, as it is added as a way to enhance the sweetness of the baked oatmeal.
If you don't have maple syrup, you can use brown sugar instead.
questions you may have about this healthy baked oatmeal recipe
How do you serve baked oatmeal? Let this Strawberry-Banana Bake Oatmeal sit for at least five minutes before serving. Then, add a splash of milk to the individual servings of baked oatmeal to help it cool down and to smooth out the consistency.
What can I use in place of strawberries in this recipe? You can substitute blueberries or blackberries in place of strawberries and it will still be healthy and delicious.
Do I need to buy gluten free oats? No, not unless you have been instructed to do so by a credentialed healthcare provider.
Strawberry-Banana Baked Oatmeal
- 2 ½ cups rolled oats
- 1 cup milk I use skim milk.
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 2 bananas, small and overripe about ¾ - 1 cup, mashed
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 3 tbsp maple syrup* pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1 teaspoon baking powder aluminum-free
- Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit
- Lightly oil an 8x8 baking dish
- Spread strawberry pieces out to cover the bottom of the baking dish
- Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl
- Pour mixture into the baking dish, covering the layer of strawberries
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Let cool slightly. Serve and enjoy!