Blueberry and Banana
Blueberry and Banana Baked Oatmeal is here to change your life. Seriously. Blueberry banana is so delicious and is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Okay, probably THE favorite. I even prefer blueberry banana to chocolate peanut butter, which is also one of my favorites! The flavors come together so perfectly, especially in things like oatmeal. This Blueberry and Banana Baked Oatmeal will not disappoint! It lives up to my own hype. I promise.
Oatmeal – A Blank Canvas
My kids love to eat oatmeal for breakfast. Breakfast became a big challenge when my son was first diagnosed with food allergies. When he was only a year old we discovered that he was allergic to wheat, eggs, dairy, peanuts, and cashews.
This meant no yogurt, toast, muffins, eggs, or waffles for breakfast. Or so I thought. I did eventually figure out how to make muffins and waffles. Even though it took lots of time and many failed recipes. I now have several muffins recipes, including, Banana Muffins, Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins, and Chocolate Chip Muffins.
Since I didn’t know what else to do, we turned to oatmeal for breakfast. I have always loved oatmeal but after awhile it got monotonous. Luckily, there are so many different ways to make oatmeal. So, I started experimenting with all these different ways. Baked oatmeal turned out to be one of our favorites. Added bonus, I could easily make it ahead of time. Next, I experimented with flavors and this oatmeal quickly became one of our favorite breakfasts!
Blueberry and Banana Baked Oatmeal – An Easy Breakfast
One of my favorite things about baked oatmeal is that it can be made ahead of time. Mornings are very busy for us and I love pulling out something pre-made for breakfast. Blueberry and banana baked oatmeal is perfect made the night before. I often bake it in the evening and then stick it in the fridge overnight. When we eat it for breakfast the next morning, we eat it cold. It’s very good that way, but you can warm it up first if you wish.
My mornings always go much more smoothly when I don’t have to make breakfast. Baked oatmeal saves so much time and every morning minute saved is precious. If you haven’t tried making breakfast ahead of time then you really must! I do it almost every weekday morning now. I’m always sorry when I don’t.
Breakfast for DInner
One of my favorite things about breakfast is that, well, you don’t have to eat if for breakfast. Breakfast for dinner is my go to when we get to the end of the day and my tank is running on empty. Breakfast for dinner is just simpler. And my kids are ALWAYS happy with it. They never complain about breakfast for dinner.
We’ve been super busy in the evenings lately. My 7 year-old signed up for baseball, and to be honest, it’s a much bigger time commitment than I thought it would be. He has practice 3 times a week, for 2 hours each time. In addition, he has 2 games a week, each for about 2 hours, or longer. That’s 10 to 12 hours a week I’m at the baseball field, chasing after a 1 and 3 year-old while he plays ball. But he loves it, and I’m glad he’s interested in sports and is learning a new skill and how to be a team player. So, I’ll keep on being at the baseball field for 10 to 12 hours a week, chasing after a 1 and 3 year-old while he plays ball.
Blueberry and Banana Baked Oatmeal for DInner
All this means though, that dinner is a lot harder to make. We don’t get home until 6:45 most nights. And, I just can’t find it in me to cook at 7 O’clock at night after 2 hours of baseball practice. So, it’s either a slow cooker meal that is all ready for us when we get home, or something I have made a head of time.
Earlier this week after we got home from baseball, I pulled this Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal out and brought it to the table. I kid you not, there was cheering. My sons literally cheered when they saw we were eating this for dinner. That’s how good it is. I’ll take cheering any day. Sign me up. I know you want cheering too. What mother doesn’t? So make this. Now. And enjoy the cheering that will follow.
Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
- 8×8 inch square baking dish
- 2 cups dry old fashioned oats certified gluten free if necessary
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 2 mashed bananas medium
- 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk vanilla or original
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1 sliced banana optional for topping, but delicious!
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Mix dry ingredients together: oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Mash 2 bananas and add to the dry ingredients along with the almond milk, applesauce, vanilla extract, and honey.
- Spray an 8×8 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Add fresh or frozen blueberries to the bottom of the pan. Pour the oatmeal mixture over the top of the blueberries.
- Bake for 35 minutes. Top with sliced bananas. Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Did you make this recipe? If you did, I would love to see it! Please share a picture of it on Instagram, and tag me, @allergyalamode, and hashtag it #allergyalamode. Happy cooking!