My dear friend Clara (mydailydeclarations) said on her recent blog post that the most intimidating part of writing a blog post is the intro, and I couldn’t agree with her more! Heck, if you look at my blog, I’ve probably reused the same tag line at least four times, but with a different punctuation at the end of the sentence. So, lets start this off with an awkward intro. One of those intros where you acknowledge the awkwardness, and then you move on. Deal? Deal.
One of my few memories from 2nd grade is recess time, and how one of my friends ALWAYS had banana bread as her snack. I’m sure her mother loaded it up with butter and what not, but man, was it a good recipe. Since then, I’ve always had a low-key love of banana bread.
As you may know, oatmeal is a love of mine. I adore any form of oatmeal- overnight, baked, stovetop, microwave- you name it, and I like it. With summer finally here, I finally have time to make a breakfast that while it takes time, it is completely worth it. That is what baked oatmeal is in my book- takes a while, but the reward is great. This recipe is extremely simple, and most of the ingredients are things you can find in your pantry. However, the spices are what make this a “banana bread”, so keep that in mind. Lets get onto baking!
INGREDIENTS (Serves one):
1/2 cup almond milk
1 banana, mashed (save a few pieces for topping though)
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce*
1 egg white (3 tbsp liquid)*
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
* = optional. I like the egg white for protein and the apple sauce for moisture, but it doesn’t take away from the taste if you don’t use it!
Pre-heat oven to 400 F on bake. In a bowl that has been sprayed with non stick spray, add your oats, almond milk, baking powder, spices, vanilla extract, mashed banana, and the egg whites + apple sauce if you’re using those. Remember to leave about 1/4 of the banana un mashed, as you can slice it up and give it an Instagram worthy topping 😉 Mix everything together and let sit for twenty minutes. When those twenty minutes are up, add the banana slices on top and stick in pre-headed oven. Let the oatmeal bake for 25 minutes, and then at 450 for a few minutes on broil. Once finished, turn your oven off and take it out of the oven to cool. Once cooled, add your toppings and enjoy! I love adding nut butters on top, especially if you do it when it’s hot, because the nut butter melts everywhere!
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