Baked Oatmeal with Bananas and Walnuts

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Who doesn’t love breakfast? Truthfully, teenage me was ‘not a breakfast person.’ I always would wake up and be all “I so can’t eat in the morning mom–it makes me feel sick.” Really I think I just didn’t want to wake up 20 minutes earlier in order to have enough time to actually eat. Well, I’m not sure who has the last laugh, but now I wake up starving, so no matter what time I have to leave for work, I’m giving myself time for breakfast.

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Unfortunately for me, while yogurt with granola and fruit or cereal is easy, it is not at all filling. And while I love sitting down to a nice hot breakfast with eggs and all that stuff, I give myself 20 extra minutes, not an hour.

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I initially got by with things like avocado toast, which were perfect for the summer. But as soon as it got cold, I wanted something warm, like oatmeal. I’ve made overnight oats before, but I wanted something a little more filling. That’s where baked oatmeal comes in. It’s incredibly flexible so you can add or subtract ingredients as you see fit. In fact, this recipe is a combination of two different recipes I found. And the best part? I make this once and it lasts the whole week…with everyone eating it! Now go forth and make yourself breakfast–your tummy will be thank you for it.

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Banana Baked Oatmeal
slightly adapted from Shutterbean

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup cane sugar or maple syrup (plus more for serving)
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cups whole milk, plus more for serving
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons salted butter, melted & cooled slightly
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 to 2 cups frozen berries {optional}

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking dish with butter or cooking spray. You can use an 8×8 baking dish or some other medium sized baking dish.

Slice your bananas into 1/2 inch slices. Line the bottom of the baking dish with as many banana slices as you need.

In a large bowl combine the rolled oats, flaxseed, walnuts, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Whisk to combine

In a medium bowl, whisk up your eggs until combined. Add the milk, maple syrup {or add sugar to the dry ingredients if using}, melted butter and vanilla to your eggs and mix everything together. Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients {the oatmeal mixture}, combining everything well.

Pour your oatmeal mixture over the banana slices in the prepared pan. Top with either banana slices, frozen berries or both.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. The top will be golden brown and the oatmeal mixture will be set. Let cool slightly before serving, or cool completely, cover and store in the fridge.

I usually microwave for 45 seconds and then top with some extra milk and sometimes maple syrup.

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