Baked oatmeal bars with banana and Nutella are easy to make; it just takes ingredients you probably already have in one bowl and 25 minutes in the oven.
After that, you can enjoy oatmeal bars all week. How is that for easy meal planning?
If you're new to baked oatmeal, it is just another way of cooking this great grain. Similar to overnight oats, the flavors are entirely customizable to your personal preference. I used two of my favorites for this recipe: bananas and Nutella. However, if yore not a fan of Nutella, no problem, swap it out for peanut butter. If you are not in the mood for bananas, no problem. Just swamp ½ cup of applesauce for each banana. If you like nuts, go ahead and add them. The combinations are endless.
I love that this recipe is perfect for meal prepping. I can make it on a Sunday and have a healthy oatmeal breakfast all week.
First, you will want to gather your ingredients. The best thing is that you probably already have most of these in your home.
- Nutella (½ cup)
- Banana's (2 mashed/2 for toppings)
- Whole or Quick Oats (2.5 cups)
- Brown Sugar (¼ cup)
- Milk (½ cup)
- Vanilla (1 tsp)
- Egg (1)
- Baking Powder (1 tsp)
- Salt (1 tsp)
- Cinnamon (½ tsp)
To mix the ingredients start with the banana. In the pictures below, I used my mixer; however, a mixer is unnecessary for this recipe. Here are the two different ways you can mash bananas.
- To mash the banana's in the mixer, turn the mixer onto a low to medium speed with the beater attachment for 1 - 2 minutes.
- To mash with your hands, ensure the bananas are ripe and squish between your fingers until you reach a smooth consistency.
Once the bananas are mashed, combine with the rest of the ingredients and pour them into a parchment-lined baking dish. The pour will be thick (see below). Once poured, bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 28 minutes.
Once baked, remove the oatmeal from the oven and allow it to cool for 30 minutes. Then place in the refrigerator for one-two hours. This will allow the oatmeal to become firm and easier to cut.
Because I prefer to bake oatmeal the day before, I leave this dish in the refrigerator overnight. Before eating, top as desired with banana, strawberries, apples, peaches, warmed Nutella, etc. (The strawberries I used below are dried.) Get creative here and have fun coming up with different toppings!
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Baked Oatmeal with Banana and Nutella
- PREP: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9x12 baking dish with parchment paper
- MIX: Take two bananas and mash them. Add all other ingredients to the mashed bananas and mix well. Spread evenly in the baking dish.½ cup Nutella, 2- 4 bananas, 2 ½ cups oats (whole or quick), 1 egg, ¼ cup brown sugar, ½ cup milk or almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp kosher salt, ½ tsp cinnamon
- BAKE: Place the dish in the heated oven for 25 - 28 minutes. Allow the oatmeal to cool and then place it in the refrigerator for two hours before cutting. Cut and top with the remaining bananas and/or other desired toppings.