Delicious and healthy! Make this baked oatmeal ahead of time for a warm and comforting breakfast the whole family will love. Double and freeze an extra one for later, too. #freezermeal #realfood

Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal {Freezer Meal}


  Delicious and healthy! Make this baked oatmeal ahead of time for a warm and comforting breakfast the whole family will love. Double and freeze an extra one for later, too. #freezermeal #realfood

After discovering how life-changing (well, close) Brownie Baked Oatmeal can be, I knew I had to try other forms of this make ahead oatmeal breakfast. Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal did not disappoint.

The first time I made this, I prepared it the night before, popped it in the oven at 5:50 a.m. in the morning. And, by 1 p.m. it was gone. Yes, we had it for breakfast and lunch! It’s like dessert, except healthier. It’s full of protein-rich, fiber-rich ingredients that will keep you full all morning long. Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal has been in the regular breakfast line-up for years.Delicious and healthy! Make this baked oatmeal ahead of time for a warm and comforting breakfast the whole family will love. Double and freeze an extra one for later, too. #freezermeal #realfood

Little people go crazy over this stuff. I mean it. Make a lot! I serve it with a little milk over the top.

One of my favorite parts of a simple recipe like this is that you can make two at one time and freeze it for later. As you probably know, Freezer Meals are our passion and specialty around here. So, I included Freezer Meal directions at the bottom of the recipe.

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Delicious and healthy! Make this baked oatmeal ahead of time for a warm and comforting breakfast the whole family will love. Double and freeze an extra one for later, too. #freezermeal #realfood

Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal {Freezer Meal}

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Delicious and healthy! Make this baked oatmeal ahead of time for a warm and comforting breakfast the whole family will love. Double and freeze an extra one for later, too.


Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (Why eat flaxseed?)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/31/2 cup honey (I prefer raw honey)
  • 1 cup milk (any kind will do)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter, melted or softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/31/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flax, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, milk, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla and bananas. (Tip: I find it’s much easier to throw all of the wet ingredients into the blender instead.)
  4. Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix well.
  5. Spread into the dish. Bake at 350°F until firm around the corners and still a little soft in the middle, about 20-25 minutes. If you like it a little crunchy on top, cook for a few minutes longer.
  6. Serve warm in bowls with milk poured over the top. We also like fresh berries on top. Enjoy!

Notes

Freezer Meal Instructions:

To Freeze: Prepare according to directions but freeze the baked oatmeal before baking. Wrap tightly in a few layers of plastic wrap and one layer of foil. Place in the back of the freezer for up to 3 months.

To Prepare: When ready to eat, thaw in the fridge for 24 hours and bake according to directions. You can also defrost in the microwave and bake.


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48 replies
  1. Lovella says:

    I made this for my daughter after she had her daughter. I put it in a cake pan so it was thinner. Baked it the same amount of time. and it was more like a granola “cake”. She liked it this way because it was easy to eat like a granola bar while nursing the baby. Two days later, she had me make 2 more, and a month later she is making it too.

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  2. Sarah says:

    I love this recipe so much that I tried out a blueberry version yesterday. I used frozen blueberries instead of chocolate chips, and almond butter instead of peanut butter. And it turned out great! It just needed a little extra baking time to soak up to blueberry juices.

    Thank you for sharing such a delicious and versatile recipe 🙂

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  3. Christy says:

    Looks like a great recipe. Just wondering…the recipe calls for 8×8 pan, but the pictures show 9×12 pan. Which is correct? Thank you.

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    • Rachel says:

      Sorry for the confusion, but definitely make it in an 8×8 pan. If you double it, you can use the 9×13. We will update these images soon. Thank you for pointing out the discrepancy!

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  4. Jen says:

    I was wondering if anyone has tried replacing the chocolate (crazy idea, I know) with dried cranberries or even fresh blueberries or other fruits.

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  5. Maria says:

    This came out great! My family (and my son’s friends) loved it and it lasted all of a day before it was gone. I added some brown sugar and unsweetened coca powder to make it sweeter and I had five bananas that I needed to use so I made a large batch and it tasted great. I think I should have cooked it longer because I tried to eat it with milk and it turned into mush but I just cut it into bars. Next time I’m going to try it with blueberries and bananas. Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. Brandy J. says:

    This looks awesome! I was just wondering if I could use ground chia seeds in place of ground flaxseeds, since I already have chia seeds on hand?

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    • Rachel says:

      Definitely! That’s the beauty of this recipe…it’s easy to swap out ingredients for what you have on hand. I’ve also used wheat germ and almond meal in the place of the flaxseed.

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  7. Jill says:

    Question-do you store leftovers of this in the fridge after you bake it or leave it out and cover it? Do you think it would freeze well after it has been cooked? Thanks again!

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  8. Jill says:

    Oh my goodness this was so good. My very picky 2 year old tore this up! I substituted 1/3 cup brown sugar for the honey so that I could feed this to my 8 month old. I also used unsweetened vanilla almond milk. This is way better than ole plain cooked oatmeal in my opinion. Thanks so much!

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  9. Leah Cabotaje says:

    This recipe sounds really good, however, one of my kids is allergic to eggs. Have you or anyone you know tried the recipe subbing the eggs for something else, like applesauce?

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  10. Sara says:

    Have you ever used regular rolled oats for this recipe? That’s what I have, wondering if it would work or not…Thanks!

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  11. Lisa says:

    Have you ever baked this in muffin pans and then put them in the freezer? I was just wondering if that would work like some of the other freezer muffins. Thanks!

    P.s. I’ve made 7 of your freezer recipes and love them so far!!

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    • Rachel says:

      Yes, absolutely, Julie. I mix it up in the casserole dish and freeze it before baking it. When you’re ready to bake it, thaw it in the fridge for a day and then bake. Or, if you bake from semi-frozen, just know that it will take longer to get done in the middle. Hope that helps!

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  12. Kristin says:

    I see in direction section you wrote first 4 ingredients through brown sugar. I don’t see brown sugar as an ingredient? Am I missing something? Made this this am and it is super yummy!!!

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  13. Laura says:

    Hello, just found your blog and I just made this recipe (using only 1/4c of honey since 1/2 seemed like it would be too sweet) and I was skeptical when putting it in the oven as the recipe seemed very liquidy. After 40 min the edges were browning so I took it out, let it cool, and just now cut into it. The center is still somewhat mushy???? We just ate the edges which taste good so I popped it back in the oven. Just wondering if anyone else had this experience? Thanks!

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    • Rachel says:

      Hi Laura,

      Sorry it didn’t turn out right. Did you use a 9×13 pan or an 8×8? The 9×13 turns out fine for me when I bake it for 20-25 minutes. I usually use the Brownie Baked Oatmeal for our gang, though, so you might give that one a try. It has less liquid in it and may work better for you.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Rach,
    Just made this for the first time this morning. Me and the kids LOVED it! I only had two bananas but that was plenty. I added a handful of mini choc chips too!
    Thanks for Sharing!
    Kelly Gilion

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Are those chocolate chips or raisins? Both sound good! Thanks for this recipe, hopefully I can get my non-oatmeal eating husband to eat oatmeal, because cereal is imported and soooooooooo expensive in China. I love your blog! I found it randomly and was like oh my word I know her! -Julie Hamilton (Wishau)

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