It’s a shock, but this also didn’t happen because I had a lot of bananas to use up. I actually really wanted French toast, but I’m the worst at making it. Husband, on the other hand, can make the amazing breakfast food like no one’s business. And the morning I really wanted it, he delivered. Now, it’s my turn.
This is what happens when you combine a perfectly spiced batter sweetened with banana and maple syrup with actual bread (I used a hamburger bun!) and rolled oats. Once you top it with banana and walnuts and bake it, voila! Perfection. Sweet breakfast (or dessert!) perfection.
This dish is delicious as is, but it’s versatile too. You can leave the banana and walnuts off if you want. You can add fruit like blueberries or strawberries to the batter or make a sweet fruit compote to pour over the top instead. The possibilities are endless!
I could eat this every day. Like, no joke. And I think it’s sweet enough as is. Husband likes it with some maple syrup drizzled on the top though. So take your pick. The choice is yours, my friend.
You can opt to add some chocolate chips or not put the bananas and walnuts on top. I’m looking forward to adding blueberries in it next, so be on the lookout for that recipe at some point. Honestly, this oatmeal is just so freaking good that I want to experiment with it all the time. All in the name of the blog, of course. 😉
I’ve even turned this recipe into cookies! Find that one right here. Seriously, don’t miss it. They’re SUPER good. And don’t forget to make a large batch of this for your family! Click right here for that recipe. NOM!
Let me know if you try this recipe! Comment below or ake a photo and tag me @fruitsohard on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations. Happy eating!
- 1 ripe banana, divided (3/4 mashed, 1/4 sliced)
- 1/4 cup water/unsweetened plant milk
- 1 tbsp nut/seed butter (I used powdered PB)
- 2 tbsp date paste (or 1 tbsp maple syrup - to taste)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- (optional) 1/8 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp ground flax/chia (I use a combo of both)
- 1 slice of bread of choice**, cut into chunks
- 1/4 cup oats
- (optional) 1-2 tbsp crushed walnuts
- (optional) 1 tsp maple syrup for topping
Preheat oven at 375 degrees F (190 C) and ready your ramekin (either with parchment paper or nonstick spray - I choose to bake this oatmeal without either).
In a medium bowl, mix mashed banana, water/milk, nut/seed butter, date paste/maple syrup, cinnamon, turmeric, and flax well.
Add chunks of bread and mix them so they soak the mixture up. Then add oats and mix to combine.
Pour mixture into your ramekin and place sliced bananas and crushed walnuts on top. Then bake for 18-22 minutes.
Once it's removed from the oven, drizzle 1 tsp maple syrup over the top. Then enjoy!
*This recipe can be gluten-free if your bread is gluten-free.
**A thicker bread is preferred, but I've made it with the end piece of sandwich bread and it was still superb. I've even done it with a hamburger bun for a thicker bread.
***Want to make a large batch for your family or a potluck? Find that recipe here!
****Inspired by Running With Spoons.