Maple-Banana Baked Oatmeal

Tender slices of banana and chopped nuts get an extra dose of sweetness from maple syrup in this baked oatmeal breakfast. [Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Oven-baking oatmeal is a great alternative to stovetop because it's hands-free. It's easy to add in as many extra flavorings (fruit, spices, nuts) as you want. Sweet maple syrup, soft banana, and crunchy walnuts make this version a hearty but healthy breakfast.

Why this recipe works:

  • Oven-baking is a no-fuss, hands-off way to cook oatmeal.
  • Sweetness level can be adjusted by drizzling on extra maple syrup after baking.

Maple-Banana Baked Oatmeal

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About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:30 minutes
Special equipment:2-quart shallow baking dish
This recipe appears in: Why You Should Stop Boiling Your Oatmeal and Start Baking It

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing baking dish
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar

Procedures

  1. 1

    Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 2-quart shallow baking dish with butter. Scatter oats, walnuts, and bananas into baking dish.

  2. 2

    Whisk 1/3 cup maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, egg, milk, and melted butter in a medium bowl until combined. Pour into baking dish. Using a spoon, gently press oat mixture into liquid to moisten evenly.

  3. 3

    Scatter brown sugar over the top and bake until center is just set, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately, drizzling extra maple syrup over the top to adjust sweetness.

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