I’m eating this baked chocolate strawberry oatmeal as I write up this post, and y’all? MMM! So good. It’s perfect for this morning, when we still had a chill in the air by 7:30. In May. WOW. But anyway, I digress.
Back to talking about this oatmeal.
Why haven’t I put it on the blog sooner? It’s not usually my go-to. This chocolate cherry one is. But our local grocery store had organic strawberries on sale for SUPER cheap and they were SUPER good, so I bought a lot of containers. Thus, this oatmeal has been made a few times. Also strawberry French toast oatmeal. And strawberry jam. And strawberry pie oatmeal (which you could follow this recipe for and swap blueberries for cut-up strawberries. Easy peasy!).
I’m back with a new baked oatmeal! Because what would this blog be without ANOTHER baked oatmeal recipe. Honestly. We don’t have enough of those around here, do we?
This one isn’t super groundbreaking. In fact, none of them are. But still. I think it’s delicious. A scrumptious combo that threw together nicely and made me super happy when it came out of the oven lookin’ like a whole snack. Well, lookin’ like a whole meal, to be honest. Nommm.
Clearly, I love golden milk. I make lattes, cookies, hot chocolate, smoothies… I can’t quit it. I don’t want to. So, today, we’re making a baked golden milk oatmeal to feed the obsession. I mean, when it’s healthy for you, is it really that wrong? Nope. I think not. So let’s do this!
This one starts out like all the rest: banana. But there’s no water needed this time because we’re using some of our golden milk latte instead. I haven’t quite figured out the right way to spice it yet without using part of the GML batch, but that’s probably because I nearly always have some GML in the fridge, waiting to be warmed up. So I’ll work on that. For now, behold!
It has that rich golden milk flavor, but it’s also sweet and comforting. The warmth from the spices matches the heat of the oatmeal once it’s been baked, and the walnuts on top give it a perfect texture combo, IMO. I’m really loving this flavor – and I look forward to making a chocolate version with the Hot Chocolate Golden Milk Latte recipe, which you can easily do with this!
If you love golden milk as much as I do, check out my other GML recipes: Golden Milk Latte Cookies, Chocolate Golden Milk Smoothie, Hot Chocolate Golden Milk Latte, and the quintessential Golden Milk Latte. But I also have a TON of baked oatmeal recipes you’ll want to try too: Blueberry Pie, French Toast, Chocolate Zucchini, Baked Apple Cider Oatmeal, Cherry Pie, Peanut Butter Apple, and more found right here.
Let me know if you try this recipe! Comment below, rate it, or take a photo and tag me @fruitsohard or #fruitsohard on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations. And don’t forget to cultivate some positivity and gratitude today. Tell me in the comments what you’re grateful for if you’d like. Vibe high, my friends!
A sweet, perfectly spiced baked golden milk oatmeal wonderful for a healthy, warm breakfast. Naturally sweetened and super delicious!
- 1 ripe banana, mashed*
- 1/2 cup zucchini (peeled and grated)
- 1/4 cup Golden Milk Latte** (recipe in notes)
- (optional) 2 tsp maple syrup (to taste - or sub 1 tbsp date paste)
- 1 tbsp ground flax/chia
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1-2 tbsp chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and ready a ramekin for baking with parchment paper or non-stick spray. (I don't use either of those - I bake right within my ramekin, eat straight from it, and wash or soak immediately.)
Mash banana in small/medium mixing bowl. Add golden milk latte, zucchini, and (optional) maple syrup and stir well to combine.
Add flax/chia and oats and stir again. You can add (some or all of the) walnuts here and stir or wait until the next step.
Put mixture in ramekin and top with walnuts. Then bake for 20 minutes and let cool slightly before enjoying.
*You can use fresh banana or frozen-thawed banana. I've done both and they both work well.
**Golden Milk Latte recipe.
This recipe was kind of an oops recipe. I had no idea what new flavor to try, but I definitely wanted banana and zucchini in there (because zucchini is my favorite thing to put in my baked oats!). So I thought I’d add some coconut (because why not?) and DUDE. It came out amazing!! It tastes like banana bread AND zucchini bread, and that hint of coconut is the perfect way to bring it all together. Sure, it’s getting hot this summer, but it’s always a good time for something THIS good.
When a friend comes up with a new baked oatmeal flavor, you try to make it. And sometimes you crush it in one try, like with this baked pina colada oatmeal. Mmmm, you guys!! This one is totally a hit. I absolutely love pineapple (see last week’s pineapple orange juice for further proof) and can’t wait to make more of this bad boy this summer. It’s like a delicious treat for breakfast, so you can’t go wrong.
This one got a huge “YES!” from Husband. I *really* wanted jelly-filled peanut butter muffins but thought I’d make a jelly-filled peanut butter oatmeal instead. When I asked Husband if he had a flavor preference for a baked oatmeal, he looked at me with stars in his eyes and said, “We have apples!” So peanut butter apple it was. And dude. SO glad we did it. Mmmmmm!!
Zucchini is my favorite thing to put in recipes these days. And I knew it was only a matter of time before I made zucchini muffins. Because of my long-term love affair with chocolate, I knew they needed to be chocolate too. So here we are! With a delicious chocolate zucchini muffins recipe on our hands. Imagine that.
Have any pineapple left from the sweet pineapple oatmeal we made on Monday? I sure hope so. Because we’re about to make some seriously amazing baked pineapple upside-down cake oatmeal. That’s right. We’re doing this. Come on. Get into the kitchen with me and make this deliciousness happen.
Zucchini. In baked oats? Again? YES! The first time I did it was amazing, so I gave it another shot. Seriously, it’s my new favorite thing. I love being able to add veggies to my diet in a fun, new way. Especially as I’m eating fruit and these veggies taste like other really amazing things. Like peanut butter and jelly!
St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! So it’s a great excuse to make ALL the green recipes, including this one. Because I couldn’t let the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day go by without posting a GREEN baked oatmeal. Nope. No way. So let’s make some green baked oats for this festive occasion, shall we?