Want a healthy breakfast option that actually tastes good? This Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal is fantastic! Made with oats, bananas, eggs and good nut butter, this healthy baked oatmeal recipe is a fantastic make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings!
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Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal – the Ultimate Healthy Baked Oatmeal Recipe!
Mornings at our house or typically busy. I’m the first one up, and I quickly head out the door before my guys wake up. I head to the gym for a 6:15 workout at my local Orange Theory studio. By the time I get back home, my husband is already gone to work, and Harrison is eating breakfast and making his lunch for school.
Having a healthy, easy breakfast option that they can “heat and eat” is ideal. These Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Bars are the perfect solution.
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Here are the simple steps to making this healthy baked oatmeal recipe:
Step 1: Make sure you have the ingredients
The ingredients for this banana baked oatmeal are pretty simple – you likely already have them in your pantry and fridge. Here’s a quick-reference list of the ingredients you’ll need:
- 3 ripe bananas (2 mashed with the oatmeal and one sliced for the topping)
- 2 eggs
- Milk (diary or plant-based)
- Peanut Butter or Nut Butter – do your best to use a good-quality nut butter. Ideally one without vegetable oils, soybean oils or added sugar.
- Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
- Chocolate Chips – good quality. I like the Enjoy Life brand which are pictured in these photos. These are made without toxic oils and refined sugar. If you’re looking for some sugar-free options, I also love Lakanto Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips and Lily’s No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Baking Chips.
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Step 2: Mash bananas and whisk in the other wet ingredients
You’ll start by mashing two of the bananas – set the remaining banana aside. You’ll slice this and use it for topping the baked oatmeal.
To the mashed banana you’ll add the eggs, honey, peanut butter, vanilla and milk. Whisk together well until all is well incorporated.
Step 3: Add in the oatmeal and salt
To the wet ingredients, you’ll then stir in the oatmeal and salt.
Using a rubber scraper, pour into a prepared 9 x 9 baking dish that you’ve lightly sprayed with non-stick baking spray. I use and prefer Spectrum Non-Stick Coconut Oil Spray. Spread the oatmeal mixture evenly into the prepared pan or dish.
Step 4: Top the oatmeal with the bananas and chocolate chips
Top the oatmeal with the remaining sliced banana, and the chocolate chips. I used these Enjoy Life Mega-Chunks in this peanut butter banana baked oatmeal.
The chocolate chips are certainly optional. If you would prefer to save yourself a few calories, leave these out and top with just the banana slices. I love these baked oatmeal bars WITH the chocolate chips, it adds a great flavor and tastes like a treat!
Step 5: Bake the Banana Baked Oatmeal
Bake the oatmeal for 35-40 minutes. It will smell glorious and like you’re baking a fresh loaf of banana bread. If you love banana bread, be sure to check out some of my banana bread recipes: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread , Purple Ribbon Banana Bread, Double Chocolate Banana Bread.
Once the baked oatmeal comes out of the oven, let cool to room temperature before slicing.
I love drizzling with some additional nut butter and heating in the microwave for a few seconds. This healthy baked oatmeal recipe is hearty, filling and the perfect way to start your day. I absolutely love this Wild Friends Cashew Super Butter.
FAQ’s for Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal:
Can baked oatmeal be made the night before?
- Yes. Simply mix the banana baked oatmeal the night before and top with the sliced bananas and chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. In the morning, take out of the refrigerator, remove plastic wrap, and preheat oven. Bake as directed.
Is peanut butter banana healthy?
- Yes. This is a great healthy carb and healthy fat combination. It’s good as a snack and great in this healthy baked oatmeal recipe.
- Try my flourless, sugar free Peanut Butter Banana Muffins – they’re amazing! My No Bake Granola Bars and my Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are also great peanut butter recipes!
Can you substitute quick oats for rolled oats in baking?
- Yes. It is a 1:1 ratio swap. I prefer rolled oats as they are less-processed than quick oats. Rolled oats tend to reheat better – quick oats tend to get a little mushy.
If you loved this delicious healthy baked oatmeal recipe, then check out some of my other make-ahead breakfast options:
- Healthy Apple Muffins
- Baked Spinach and Mushroom Frittata
- Blueberry Protein Muffins
- Pumpkin Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
- Ham and Veggie Baked Egg Cups
- Blueberry Overnight Oats
If you loved this baked oatmeal, check out my other baked oatmeal recipes:
- Healthy Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
- Healthy Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
- Chocolate Baked Oats
- Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
- Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
How to meal prep this banana baked oatmeal:
- Slice and add to your meal prep containers. I use and love these Prep Naturals 3-Compartment Glass Meal Prep Containers. It’s perfect for adding fresh fruit and a healthy protein. This healthy baked oatmeal recipe is sliced into 8 bars, makes 8 portions. Check out all of my favorite Best Meal Prep Containers.
Ready to start doing some Healthy Breakfast Meal Prep? This post has all of my Healthy breakfast recipes, tips, tools and ideas to get your breakfast meal prep game on-point! My Healthy Breakfast Sandwiches and my Baked Egg Cups are also great meal prep recipes.
Can I freeze baked oatmeal bars?
- Yes! These banana baked oatmeal bars are a great make-ahead breakfast option. Once done baking and cooling, slice into 8 bars. Place in an airtight container and freeze. These can be frozen for up to 2 months. Pack into meal prep containers, and take to work or school. Reheat by placing on a microwave-safe plate and heat in 30-second increments until defrosted and warm.
What should I serve or pair with this peanut butter banana baked oatmeal?
- I like pairing these banana oatmeal bars with fresh berries or fruit (healthy carb) and a healthy protein or fat. These can include cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, and full-fat Greek yogurt.
Here’s the recipe for my delicious Banana Baked Oatmeal:
- 3 ripe bananas, divided
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/4 c. milk (diary or plant-based)
- 1/3 c. natural, good quality nut butter
- 3 Tbsp. honey, good quality
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 1/2 c. old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 c. chocolate chips, I like Enjoy Life brand
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 9" baking dish with non-stick baking spray. I like and prefer coconut oil spray. Set pan aside.
- In a mixing bowl, mash two of the bananas (set one banana aside for slicing to top the oatmeal.) To the mashed bananas, add the eggs, milk, nut butter, honey and vanilla. Whisk together well until all ingredients are well incorporated.
- To the wet ingredients stir in the oatmeal and salt. Pour into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly with a rubber scraper.
- Top with the chocolate chips and the remaining sliced banana.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before slicing into 8 bars.
- Enjoy right away or refrigerate or freeze for later. Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 5 days. Can be frozen for up to 2 months.
The honey and the chocolate chips are optional ingredient and can be omitted, if desired.
To add additional protein, you may add 1/2 cup of good quality vanilla or unflavored protein powder or collagen protein powder. This will increase the grams of protein per serving.
These can also be baked into muffin cups. Divide the batter evenly into 12 muffin cups and bake for 28-30 minutes.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 8 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 50gSugar: 19gProtein: 8g