This make-ahead version of oatmeal is the perfect combination of nutritious and delicious. Naturally sweetened with ripe banana, and higher in protein than regular oatmeal, this will be your family’s new go-to weekday breakfast!
If you’re anything like me, you don’t have a ton of time to prepare any meal, let alone weekday morning breakfasts. Mornings are crazy around here, trying to get myself ready for work and three kids out the door for school. Having a nutritious, yummy breakfast that I can reheat and that my kids love is a life-saver. Enter: Baked oatmeal!
I’ve made several variations of baked oatmeal in the past, including one of my favorite Fall versions Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal *YUM*, but this one tends to be a fave with my kiddos. There’s something about banana and blueberries together that they can’t get enough of. Their favorite muffin recipes is this Flourless Lemon Blueberry Muffin – admittedly it’s one of my top muffin picks too.
Why this dietitian mom loves oats:
Oats are a staple in our house. As a dietitian I know the importance of good nutrition, including dietary fibre, for health and wellness. Oats are an excellent source of soluble fibre, which not only helps with digestive health, but also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, keep cholesterol levels in check and keep little tummies fuller longer. Oats also provide energy, vitamins and minerals, and best of all, they’re versatile and easy to prepare.
Baked oatmeal is a balanced meal all on its own:
This recipe is a full, balanced meal-in-one, providing protein (eggs), fruits (blueberries and banana), fibre (fruit and oats) and more. Pair with with a bit of Greek yogurt and drizzle with maple syrup if you’d like to make it a bit sweeter. Need a gluten-free version? Use certified gluten-free oats and you’re good to go.
School-safe and freezer-friendly:
This recipe is great for breakfast, yes, but it can also be served as part of your child’s school lunch (as long as you don’t include in nuts), as a snack (yep—just a smaller portion), or dinner (because who doesn’t live breakfast for dinner?!).