This Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal is a healthy, easy breakfast that can be made ahead of time! This vegan-friendly recipe can be drizzled with peanut butter for added protein!
Chocolatey baked oatmeal that tastes like a dessert but is made with only healthy ingredients! Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal is easy to make, delicious and nutritious! The three main requirements for any breakfast in my book!
This oatmeal is easily one of my favourite ways to have oatmeal in the morning! What’s not to love?! Its rich and chocolatey but made entirely with healthy ingredients that are good for you. Who wouldn’t want to satisfy a chocolate craving without any guilt?
A healthier way to make baked oatmeal
We are starting a new year and after indulging for weeks, our focus is on health again. My husband and I are on a mission to cut out refined sugar and ensure we are eating nutrient-rich meals. This recipe, although it doesn’t seem like it is, actually meets all of our requirements! My recipe for Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal is refined sugar free, gluten free and vegan too!
The baked oatmeal is sweetened with overripe bananas and a bit of maple syrup. There is no added fat from butter or oil in this as well, which is a plus! We like to add some healthy fats afterwards by drizzling it with natural peanut butter. Peanut butter and chocolate are a classic flavour combo and one of our favourites too!
I also add ground flaxseed for extra fiber. They are also a source of Omega-3 fatty acids! I love adding ground flaxseed to recipes like this, including most of my muffins. It doesn’t alter the taste, but adds so much nutritionally! I love that about it!
One of my favourite things about this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time. I just cut a slice and warm it in the microwave for a bit in the morning. Breakfast is literally ready in seconds! I am not a morning person so make-ahead recipes like this are a must for me! I prep this dish on weekends and then have breakfast ready for the week!
Making the baked oatmeal is really simple and doesn’t require many steps! I start by mashing my bananas. You want to make sure your bananas are overripe and spotty to ensure they are nice and sweet and easily mashed. Then you add all the other ingredients to a bowl and mix it well. Next I pour it into a lined baking dish and bake it in a preheated oven for 20 minutes. The whole process takes me less than half an hour from start to finish! So easy!
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If you, like me, like a good make ahead breakfast, check out some of my other go-to recipes:
Sausage, Squash and Spinach Breakfast Bake
Healthy Dark Chocolate Granola
Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Pumpkin Baked French Toast Casserole
Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal
- 3 overripe bananas mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (optional)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- chocolate chips
- peanut butter (melted and drizzled on top)
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9×9 baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease the pan).
- Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Pour into baking dish and bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips (optional). Let cool completely before slicing. You can drizzle peanut butter on top before serving if you wish.