Growing up we didn’t eat a lot of oatmeal. In fact, I didn’t really discover my love of oatmeal until I was older and began eating it as a diet tool. It is after all a carb power house that curbs hunger and provides important fiber, etc., etc. What we did eat regularly was Malt-O-Meal. If you have never had it before think hot cereal; think porridge. Not the lunch lady gruel you’d imagine in a tale of woe and despair, but the stuff that lured Goldilocks to the table and then comforted her so she simply had to take a nap. It’s delightful and you should try it. This is not a recipe for Malt-O-Meal. We ate it as directed from the box with a pat of butter and splash of milk – oh and spoons full of sugar which we stirred into our melting butter with glee.
I normally eat my oatmeal straight-up no frills, maybe some flax seeds… occasionally a nut or two. But, on the weekends it’s nice to make something fancy. Something a little more special, to celebrate the ease of the day to come – instead of rushing through breakfast and charging into the day ahead. This is one of those special recipes. It’s great for guests and it’s fun because it has the flavors of a banana split wrapped in the warmth of oatmeal. You are basically eating dessert for breakfast. No complaints.
BANANA SPLIT OATMEAL BAKE
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, plus additional for top if desired
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup pecans, chopped (or walnuts)
- 1/2 cup pineapple, diced
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 2 cups milk (I use one can of evaporated milk + 1/3 cup water)
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted – plus an additional Tbsp for buttering dish
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ripe banana, peeled, sliced
Preheat oven to 375 and butter your casserole dish. Melt 3 tbsp of butter and set aside to cool.
Dish: 10-1/2 by 7 inch or 8 by 8-inch will do; or I used a standard 8-inch round soufflé dish.
Also set aside a cookie sheet to use under your baking dish of choice.
In a medium mixing bowl combine 2 cups of oats, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking soda,
1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and half of your pecans & chocolate chips.
Stir well to combine.
Now add half of the strawberries to the mix (I like to dice 1/2 a cup of the slices into smaller pieces)
Add pineapple and gently stir until evenly distributed.
Put mixture into buttered dish and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl (I rinse mine out and re-use it), combine 2 cups of milk, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract,
one egg, and 3 Tbsp’s of melted butter. Whisk to combine.
Tip: I use evaporated milk – it has a richer and sweeter flavor than regular milk.
I use one large can and add about 1/3 cup of water to bring it to 2 cups.
Arrange the remaining 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries and the sliced banana on top of your oatmeal mixture.
Sprinkle on the remaining half of chocolate chips and chopped pecans.
Pour your liquid mixture over the oatmeal bake, making sure it soaks in everywhere
and is covering all your oats.
Place on your cookie sheet and into the oven.
Bake for 35-40 minutes if you are using a rectangular or square dish.
Bake for 40-50 minutes for a round dish (as the oatmeal layer is thicker).
The top will brown and the liquid custard will be set.
Your house will also smell like sweet, sweet heaven.
The fruit on top gets kinda roasted and see that chocolate bubbling at the edge.
Oh yeah, chocolate for breakfast!
If you wanted to make this truly over the top you can take it out about ten minutes early
and sprinkle with an additional 2-3 Tbsp of brown sugar and then finish under the broiler.
Also, the addition of a few mini marshmallows surely wouldn’t go amiss. Just a thought…
Best to let it cool though for about ten minutes and then serve warm.
Here is to a happy weekend! Happy baking y’all!
This recipe was inspired by:http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2012/04/five-forbidden-foods-that-help.html – this is how I got started eating oatmeal this way. The recipe is at the bottom of the link; all I did was add half a sliced banana to the recipe – so good.
Today’s recipe is adapted from: http://www.inspiredtaste.net/9928/baked-oatmeal-with-strawberries-banana-and-chocolate-recipe/ – you should check them out! They have lots of awesome recipes and a video for their version of this oatmeal.