Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Banana Split Oatmeal

This winter I have been experimenting with some one dish breakfast casseroles.  With everyone living back at home, it is a fun way to serve up a warm breakfast on the weekend and everyone can serve themselves as the get up.  This is the second "baked oatmeal" I have made and I thought they both turned out good. The first one I tried was a Baked Blueberry Oatmeal and was very delicious. The Baked Blueberry Oats had a little more oatmeal and seemed a little more cakey, and this recipe was more like oatmeal, but we really loved both.  You can easily add just about any fruit and nut combination to any of these recipes and make your own oat creation.  I thought a bananas, coconut, and pineapple would make a delicious tropical breakfast oatmeal... be creative and mix up some warm oatmeal goodness for your family today!

Banana Split Oatmeal - Serves 6
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups  milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices

Directions:  Heat oven to 375 degrees . Generously spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish (or 8-inch by 8-inch square baking dish) with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the nuts, half the strawberries and half the chocolate. Add to prepared baking dish. Arrange the remaining strawberries, walnuts and chocolate on top of the oats. Then, scatter the banana slices.  In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract.  Pour over oats and fruit. Gently shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.  Bake oatmeal for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the milk mixture has set.  Serve with extra brown sugar and milk or cream.

Mix Oatmeal, brown sugar, pecans, baking powder, 
salt and cinnamon in large bowl

Stir in 1/2 the strawberries, and half the chocolate chips

Whisk together the eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla

Pour dried oat mixture in prepared pan, and place remaining strawberries 
and chocolate chips on top.  Lay sliced bananas on top 
and pour egg mixture over oats

Shake pan to get milk to settle into the oats

Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes until oatmeal is set and top is browned.  Serve with a little extra brown sugar and milk or cream on the side.

Let me know if you give it a try and what you think! I would love to hear about some of your favorite breakfast casseroles or what flavor combinations for baked oatmeal that you think would be delicious!


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