Oatmeal-Banana Bake

I wish I could tell you about a weekend full of fun, frolic and good times but my weekend was full of brown boxes, packing tape and some good food. 

I finally made it into the boys rooms to begin packing their stuff for our impending move.  My oldest is willing to give everything away.  My youngest is attached to every minuscule sword, creature and dust bunny inhabiting his room.  In other words, HE WANTS TO KEEP EVERYTHING!  Ugh.

So to keep up my strength I made this Oatmeal-Banana Bake I saw over at
Katrina's blog.  I knew the minute I layed eyes on it, I had to have it.  I'm not sure if I've told you before how much I love oatmeal.  I could eat it three times a day.  However, it wasn't just the oatmeal that made me want this.  It was another ingredient I really love using, pushing me over the edge to whip this up.

It was Bob's Red Mill Hot Cereal.  I am a big fan of Bob's Red Mill products.  They are high in quality, very healthy and include lots of gluten-free items.  I am very lucky to have a grocery store which stocks a large variety of these goods.  I am also excited to report once we move to Oregon, Bob's Red Mill is only a 45-mile drive from my home.  They have a huge store and beautiful visitor center.  I will be going there to stock up. 
Bob's Red Mill has a very comprehensive website and shows you exactly where you can purchase their products or you can buy online.  Check it out. 

Anyway, this recipe was absolutely delicious.  It smells like banana bread when in the oven and just has the perfect sweetness and texture.  I'm sorry to say I live with a family of oatmeal haters (what's up with that) so this one is all mine.  It will be breakfast for the next few days.  And then I will make it again.  And again.  I seriously loved it.

Let's make it...

Here's what you will need:  Old-fashioned oats, baking powder, walnuts or pecans, Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Hot cereal (or see recipe for substitutions), agave nectar (see recipe for substitutions), table salt, fat free milk, bananas, egg and vanilla extract.

Combine 2 cups old-fashioned oats, 1/4 cup 10 Grain cereal, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Set aside.

In another bowl, combine 1/4 agave nectar, 1-1/2 cups fat free milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 mashed bananas.  Combine the wet with the dry ingredients.

Lightly spray an 8 x 8 inch pan with cooking spray and pour in banana-oats mixture.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.  Add 1/4 cup chopped walnuts to the top and bake for another 5 minutes to toast them.

Here it is right out of the oven.

Seriously, seriously delicious.

Banana-Oatmeal Bake
Adapted from Baking and Boys

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal
(or Bob's Red Mill 7 Grain Hot Cereal, another 1/4 cup oats, flax meal, wheat germ or bran)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup agave nectar
(or brown sugar, sugar or honey)*
1-1/2 cups fat free milk
(or any milk)
2 small bananas, mashed
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Combine oats, 10 Grain cereal, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

In another bowl, combine agave nectar, milk, egg, vanilla extract and bananas.  Combine the wet with the dry ingredients.

Lightly spray an 8 x 8 inch pan with cooking spray and pour in banana-oats mixture.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.  Add walnuts to the top and bake for another 5 minutes to toast them.

Serve warm.

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  1. deeba 1

    One day I shall also find something to make that I can have all by myself…gosh…does seem like a luxury Cathy! That’s a beautiful bake, & even though I’m not too fond of bananas, the finished bake looks LOVELY!!

    • Lisa Petr 2

      I can’t have bananas so I am going to sub apricot preserves I made last summer or maybe a lemon curd, hummm

  2. Bob’s Red Mill products are available here in many grocery stores and I especially take advantage of the gluten free items and grains for delicious and healthy breads.

    Sounds like you will be packed and moved in no time. But I bet it seems to you it is an endless and tedious job!

  3. donna 4

    I am off to the grocery store today and will lookfor this. Even if not, I will try with one of the other substitutions. Anything you rave this highly about, I have to try.. Just its a must, you see. And I am an oatmeal fan too, and bananas, :)

  4. I will share your oatmeal with you ANYTIME!!! This looks so yummy.

  5. Preparing to move is tough stuff, so a hearty breakfast is a good thing! Looks delish, Cathy. :-)


  6. That looks delicious!!! I can’t remember seeing any Bob’s Red Mill products here or maybe I just didn’t notice. Will have a look again! Can’t wait to try this!

  7. Looks so good! I love oatmeal too!

  8. I have had baked oatmeal but nothing this fancy. Will have to get that multi-grain cereal. Thanks!

  9. I am going to get some nectar and make this. Looks amazing!

  10. I love oatmeal & whole grain stuff. I’m sure I’d make this here and everyone would eat it. I surprisingly have kids who will eat the weird things their mom makes. Even veggies! I know this will fade as they turn into teenagers, but I can fill them up before they get there!

  11. Katrina 12

    Awesome! I love it! I’m glad you love it. I love Bob’s Red Mill products, too. Enjoy–as I had mine five days in a row and it was still great, no black banana or anything like that. I’ve made another batch and am lovin’ it. I really like knowing my oatmeal is ready and waiting for me after a short warm up in the microwave! Thanks for trying it and loving it, Cathy!

  12. dawn 13

    that does look healthy actually. these are exactly the kind of bars I need when I’m up at 5am to start work. I bet they hold you for a long time.
    happy packing!
    we haven’t even found a house yet, but I am already packing. I’m inspired and want our very last move to be smoooooth.

  13. I’m eating oatmeal as I write this and want to try your cake. It looks healthy and delicious at the same time.

  14. That does look it would be delicious for a breakfast snack. I may have to try this one too. Thank you!

  15. Love Bob’s Red Mill products and the store is a great place to visit. Hope you stop by the Beaverton Farmer’s market this summer also.

  16. annbb 17

    I’m an oatmeal (and banana) lover and that looks wonderful!

    Good luck with that youngest hooligan!!

  17. Flea 18

    I’ll bet this would be a good one to serve for my ADD/ADHD family. Looks yummy!

  18. Oh yum! I wish I had a pan of that right about…now. :)

  19. Maureen 20

    I’m with you, I could eat oatmeal 3 times per day too. This looks wonderful! Printing it now.

  20. Yum, this would definitely be a hit at my house!

  21. dawn 22

    I am making this for dinner. I cannot wait until breakfast. I love Bob’s too!

  22. Mary 23

    What a combination! I’ll be trying these when my grandsons come this summer.

  23. Kari 24

    Mmmmm….oatmeal and banana, two of my very favorites. Sounds and looks delicious. You are amazing! In the middle of your big move and you still manage to cook and bake all these delicious goodies. Hope things are going well for you with the move.

  24. I’m amazed that you are still cooking amongst all that packing! That looks like a really good one though!

  25. Moving is so stressful — do whatever you have to do to keep your strength up. Of course, if it were me, there would have to be chocolate involved!

  26. Julie 27

    That looks chock full o’healthiness!

  27. LilSis 28

    Perfect! I was just trying to think of some new breakfast recipes to help my husband get in more whole grains and fruits. He’s getting a little tired of Cheerios. I’ll be making this soon.

  28. Pam 29

    It looks so delicious! I have a couple of bananas I need to use up – thanks for the recipe.

  29. Oh this looks wonderful!! My youngest and I will eat this up for sure. WIshing you the best of luck with packing. Moving is not fun!!

  30. Vicki 31

    I really love your posts. Your pictures are beyond fabulous. I am definately going to try this later on in the week as I’m really into healthy eating and this fits the bill. I will try subbing splenda for the agave nectar. If someone doesn’t care for bananas, try subbing applesauce. I use Red Mill’s milled flaxseed and will try that for the hot cereal. I’ll report back after I’ve actually made it. Thanks for a great and healthy recipe.

  31. Jeff 32

    Nicely done!

    Yeah a weekend of packing sucks but you will feel so much better in the new place. I use to be the packrat mentality but now everything gets dumped. Has bite me more than once because I threw away something I eventually needed but only realized months later.

  32. Laurie 33

    That is one delicious breakfast! I love Bob’s Red Mill products, especially the oatmeal. Good luck with the packing…

  33. Kaitlyn 34

    omg! those look so good! i just might have to try that! all your food makes my tummy rumble everytime i read your blog. and your pictures are very lovely too. if only i could say as much for my pictures. haha.

  34. Liz C. 35

    I’ve been trying to figure out how I can get to be a better breakfast person. This may be my answer. I hate to cook breakfast on a daily basis, so maybe if I just make one of these every week, I can eat it every morning. Thamk you for this recipe! Can’t wait to try it…

  35. Lisa 36

    Yum! what a great idea. The bananas are right where I’m at just now, and I think I’ll add a little coconut milk, but I can imagine a number of variations. Thanks!

  36. Barbie with a T 37

    My husband wants this oatmeal bake tomorrow! So we are off to the store to buy bananas. He is a nut for oatmeal also! Will let you know how it turns out.

  37. Joy 38

    Mmm…that looks delicious (and healthy)! Bananas and oatmeal are two of my favorite foods. :)

  38. ted 39

    Oh my goodness this sounds good. I’m gonna make this next weekend. I cannot wait!

  39. That looks pretty incredible! I love oats too, and banana and walnut are flavors meant to be together.

  40. Big ol’ oatmeal fan here! This may be my favorite ever recipe you’ve posted. Even better than the peanut butter muffins. WAIT… I did not just say that~

  41. My hubby wants me to make him a batch minus the bananas. He had some sort of Banana Trauma whilst growing up *rolling eyes*…I’m going to make it both ways, so that everyone is happy.

    Oh and we LOVE Bob’s Red Mill products! I’m so envious that you’ll be so close. *sigh*

  42. This looks so good…another recipe to add to the list of things to make.

  43. Two thumbs up!

  44. Mrs. L 45

    Wait, no bad sugars? This is awesome! Wahoo, something good and healthy for breakfast, I’m all over it!

  45. Ooooh, totally saving this and making just one sweet swap for the bananas! Hope that’s OK. :)

  46. That makes me want to eat oatmeal for every meal!

  47. Colleen R 48

    Cathy, I made the strawberry yogurt muffins for visiting family this weekend and they were wonderful, now I can’t wait to this fantastic looking breakfast treat! Thanks so much for the yummy but healthy recipes!

  48. I just made these and LOVE them! Thanks for the great recipe.

  49. Biz 50

    Wow, that looks delicious! Jealous you’ll be so close to that store!

  50. I’ve made something similar, but yours looks amazing. I’m going to switch to your recipe next time I bring home the bananas!

  51. Red 52

    I live about 2 miles from Bob’s Red Mill Headquarters in Milwaukie, OR and I’m one of their most frequent visitors (or I like to think that..LOL..) That’s why I’m always on a lookout for recipes that use their products… and this one is right up my alley.
    If you’ve never been to BRM store, you’re gonna love it, especially their bulk section.
    Hmmm, gotta go back soon, I’m out of oats.

  52. Cathy 53

    my my my! That looks awesome!!

  53. grace 54

    how unique and terrific! i’d like to take this moment to thank both you and bob’s red mill for being completely wonderful. :)

  54. Mmmm, that does look good-even though it’s healthy! I’m sure I’d be the only one eating it too, sigh.

  55. Wendy 56

    I saw this and knew I had to make it. I made it last night and had it for breakfast this morning. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe – it was great! I will be making this again!

    link to kiss-that-frog.blogspot.com

  56. omg, I have to have this too!! What a perfect breakfast idea & use for ripened bananas!!

  57. Heidi 58

    I just made this for my husband and 2 10 year olds…they LOVED it – so good. Thanks for your amazing website…I enjoy your writings immensely.
    We live in the South Okanagan (British Columbia) in the heart of wine country – so I’m particularly enjoying your adventures in getting your vineyard going.

  58. That looks great and I can almost convince myself healthy! A keeper.

  59. Lauren 61

    Can you use Cream of Wheat in place of the hot cereal?

  60. pam 62

    I love oats too, in all shapes and forms, oatmeal, oatmeal cookies, granola…whatever it’s all good!

  61. I love Bob’s products and especially that hot cereal. I love just about all hot cereal. That makes this pan of yumminess perfect for a family like ours with chronic over-ripe banana problems. No calories, right?

  62. megan 64

    This would be something I should try on my 14 year old. She likes oatmeal, so maybe??? Course I would enjoy it too!

  63. Kayola 65

    YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! I want to make that…I have never seen Bob’s things here…I will have to look because that looks de-lish! I love all the fiberish stuff in it…it looks healthy…definitely a push food!!!! LOL Sorry about all the comments…just trying to catch up with old friends…felt my head bobbing under water a few times these last few weeks….I love your blog…you amaze me with ALL you do!

  64. imom 66

    This will be perfect made with the Bob Mills gluten free flour (that I already have in my cupboard). It looks so delicious!

  65. Paula 67

    I love everything Bob’s Red Mill! Your cake looks amazing, and gives me a reason to head off to their store to get some of that cereal you used. YUM!

  66. Randi Lynne 68

    I only had 2 bananas that were ripe and wanted to make something other than banana bread. This is healthier and just as tasty. I added a bit of cinnamon and omitted walnuts for my preference and love the taste and texture! Thanks for the recipe.

  67. Hi,
    I think this might be my second time on this blog. Someone recommended it to me today.
    I read every post on this page, how wonderful.
    And I am so going to make this recipe!!!
    Good luck with your packing and moving. it’s a pin but so much fun.

  68. Darla 70

    This was DELICIOUS! Breakfast is my favorite meal, and I’ve been wanting to try this…I think I could eat the whole thing in one sitting! I added a touch of almond flavoring and cinnamon as well…yum!

  69. Barry 71

    This was the most delicious oatmeal I have ever had! I love your blog and the photo steps are like food porn!

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  71. Chuck 73

    I know I’m a little late, but I can’t wait to make this!

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  73. Karen 75

    We really enjoyed this! Very filling and tasty. It got my craving for banana bread satisfied in a healthier way :)

  74. I always love your post.


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