Apples and bananas together at last! Two of my favorite fruits baked and served up warm all nestled with oatmeal. Top it off with a splash of almond milk, a drizzle of pure maple syrup, sliced fresh fruit and toasted coconut and you’re in for a healthy and flavorful breakfast.
Apples are a daily occurrence in my home. I eat one almost every morning sliced and topped on toast with almond butter, cinnamon and vanilla bean powder. I also have a thing for baked apples and use them whenever I can. They cook up soft and tender adding texture and sweetness to the overall recipe. They are a perfect addition to baked oatmeal!
Bananas get used quite a bit around here too. I’ve used them in pancakes, french toast, ice cream, chocolate shakes, banana bread and banana bread bites. They are a pretty amazing and versatile ingredient. Using them in baked oatmeal will add sweetness and help bind it all together. Another winner using bananas for the recipe collection!
I wanted to keep the recipe simple as possible, use your best judgement as to what to add or remove. Adding sweetener is optional. You may find you really don’t need it, especially because of the fruits. But if your favorite apple is a tart one you may consider adding the sweetener to balance the tartness. For me adding a drizzle of maple syrup was all I needed. This is the perfect baked oatmeal for that. When serving, the toasted coconut flakes were a delicious addition. Definitely add a sprinkle if you like coconut and have some on hand. You won’t be disappointed! Also, for simplicities sake I’ve ditched using a mixing bowl and have simply mixed everything together in the baking dish. It’s always worked well for me and saves on extra dirty dishes. A plus indeed!
First, start with the dry ingredients and then add in the wet mixing to combine.
Here I’ve used Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk. It’s non-GMO and widely available making it a favorite of mine. I might also add that it only contains 30 calories, is an excellent source of vitamin E and contains twice as much calcium as dairy milk. It contains plenty of goodness without unnecessary additives. Go, go Silk almond milk! You may also like to use their Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk here as well.
Once dry and wet ingredients are combined, top with the apples and 1/3 cup walnuts and bake. You’ll add the remaining 2/3 cup of walnuts half way through baking.
Once slightly cooled, slice and serve with a splash of almond milk, toasted coconut flakes, banana and apple slices and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Cheers to a heart-healthy way to start your day!Print
BAKED APPLE + BANANA OATMEAL
Tender apples & sweet bananas melded together in a baked oatmeal. Full of fiber and deliciously healthy, it’s a great way to start your day!
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of mineral salt
- 2 cups Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 overripe bananas (about 1 cup), mashed
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 medium apple, use your favorite (I used Fuji), cored and diced
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped (divided)
- unsweetened toasted coconut flakes (it’s delicious!)
- sliced banana & apple
- pure maple syrup
- Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease your baking dish with coconut oil if you like (generally I skip this step).
In an 8×8 baking dish, add oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and salt, mix well. Add in the milk, banana, optional syrup and vanilla, gently whisk to combine. Top with chopped apples and 1/3 cup of the walnuts, mix them in if you like.
Bake on the middle rack for 30 minutes. After 15 minutes, carefully top with the remaining 2/3 cup of walnuts.
Once done, let cool slightly. Serve warm topped with sliced bananas, toasted coconut, apple slices, a drizzle of pure maple syrup and a splash of unsweetened almond milk. Voila’….enjoy a most delicious and worth the wait oatmeal!
Serves 4 – 6.
If you like, add the spices to the mashed banana, mixing well, to ensure even distribution of the spices. (see comments)
Make this gluten free by using gluten free oats.
If using bananas that are not overly ripe or you’re using a tart apple, you may like to add 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup to the mixture when adding the milk and other wet ingredients. Or simply add extra maple syrup when serving.
If you don’t have an 8×8 baking dish, a 9×9 will work too. Dish can be round or square.
I don’t tend to grease my baking dish when making baked oatmeal. I’ve never had a problem with sticking but feel free to lightly grease yours if you prefer.