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Baked Banana Chocolate Oatmeal

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Often in my life (and especially in my kitchen) inspiration is born of desperation. This was the case this morning. Our Spud order doesn’t arrive until tomorrow and there was nothing for breakfast. Literally. No fruit, no bread, no cereal, no muffins, no granola bars, and one egg. While Adri would have been happy eating leftover rice, I was aiming for something a little different.

At the bottom of the pantry I found a jar of oats. I must tell you that I’ve never made oatmeal from scratch in my life. Oatmeal comes in those handy little paper bags that you add boiling water to. If I’m being really healthy, I get the low sugar kind. But in an effort to clean up our pantry (and our eating), we haven’t bought those in a while. So I pulled out the oats, and my mobile and googled “Homemade Oatmeal”. Inspiration struck when I found this post by the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess. Given that our ingredients options were seriously limited, I decided to modify their basic recipe with the few items I had. This is how my Banana Chocolate Oatmeal was born.

Banana Chocolate Oatmeal

(yield 6 servings)

Mix together in a bowl

3 cups steel cut oats

1/2 cup coconutsugar

3 tablespoons raw cacao powder

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Banana Chocolate Oatmeal "Before" shot
Banana Chocolate Oatmeal “Before” shot
Oops, forgot one of my favourite ingredients!
Oops, forgot one of my favourite ingredients!

In a separate bowl combine

5 tablespoons melted butter

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup almond milk

Dry ingredients and Wet Ingredients
Dry ingredients and Wet Ingredients

Thinly slice a banana and layer on the bottom of a well greased oven safe baking dish. Had I had more than one banana I would have likely used at least 2

This is one banana. In the future with an abundance of bananas at hand, I'll use 2
This is one banana. In the future with an abundance of bananas at hand, I’ll use 2

Pour dry ingredients on top of banana layer. Pat down evenly before pouring wet ingredients on top of the dry. Make sure to uniformly cover the dry layer so oats will cook nicely and not burn or get soggy in spots.

Dry ingredients on top of banana layer and then wet ingredients covering dry ingredients
Dry ingredients on top of banana layer and then wet ingredients covering dry ingredients

Pop into the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Best served piping hot with a steaming cup of coffee :)

All Done!
All Done!

UPDATE: This dish is makes awesome leftovers! Today for breakfast we dished it out into bowls, poured a little almond milk on top before reheating (oven or microwave). Enjoy!

Tell me, what would you put in your oatmeal?

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6 Comments

  1. OMG, I think I just died.

    So much inspiration in this recipe.

    I remembered I bought once steel cut oatmeal and got disappointed because I had no idea what to do with it. I can do *this*.

    Chocolate, hello? my last name. Banana, always a winner.

    This recipe is a keeper. Thanks for linking it with us.

    Nadia

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