Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Recipe! The perfect make-ahead breakfast! Gluten-free, dairy-free, & vegan-friendly with no refined sugar!

It’s back to school time…and us mommas have to figure out how to feed our tiny armies before their days full of learning and fun. Or, there are my college students out there who need to feed yourselves after a summer of mom’s home cooking…{way harder than it sounds, I know}!  I {personally} am very excited to get back into our homeschooling routine! However, having healthy breakfasts on hand is a crucial part of starting every day the best we possibly can!

This Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal is the perfect make-ahead breakfast! It is ultra healthy, delivering a generous serving of fiber, protein, and healthy fats! Plus, it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan-friendly and has zero refined sugar! It can even be made  peanut-free by subbing your favorite nut or seed butter! Really, this oatmeal can be all things to all people.

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Recipe! The perfect make-ahead breakfast! Gluten-free, dairy-free, & vegan-friendly with no refined sugar!

Not only is this  Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal healthy & delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make! Mash and mix everything together, pop it in the oven, bake and you’re done! Taking 35 minutes to make a delicious breakfast that lasts most of the week is a no-brainer to me! 🙂

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Recipe! The perfect make-ahead breakfast! Gluten-free, dairy-free, & vegan-friendly with no refined sugar!

I very {very} rarely change up my morning breakfast routine. Usually it includes drinking this green smoothie and eating one of these bars. There are times, however, when I want to spice things up just a little {tiny} bit.

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Recipe! The perfect make-ahead breakfast! Gluten-free, dairy-free, & vegan-friendly with no refined sugar!

If you’ve seen my usual breakfast bars, then you may be wondering how on earth this Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal is different? It has many of the same ingredients and looks practically identical, but is completely and totally it’s own breakfast.

The differences: 1) The addition of almond milk and and egg (or chia seeds + water) makes this Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal super light and fluffy, instead of dense and chewy like the aforementioned bars. 2) This recipe is made to be eaten at the table, with a fork and a giant cup of coffee, instead of on-the go. 3) This Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal is better eaten warm (in my opinion) while the other bars are made to be eaten cold.

You see?  It truly is it’s own recipe and would prefer not to constantly be compared with it’s big bother (thankyouverymuch).

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Recipe! The perfect make-ahead breakfast! Gluten-free, dairy-free, & vegan-friendly with no refined sugar!

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal: Substitutions 

As always I get many questions about substitutions! So here are a few swaps you could make in order to ensure that this peanut butter banana baked oatmeal fits your dietary needs!

Quick Cooking Oats: I find this recipe tastes the best when quick-cooking oats are used! If you only keep old-fashioned oats on hand you can easily toss them in your blender or food processor and pulse to achieve the same texture as their quick-cooking counterparts and then proceed to use them in this recipe!

Peanut Butter: Any nut or seed butter can be used in place of peanut butter with fantastic results!

Maple Syrup: Honey or any other liquid sweetener of choice can be used in place of maple syrup! Please {I beg you} to only use pure maple syrup if that is your sweetener of choice!

Egg: As mentioned earlier a chia egg {1 TBS ground chia seeds mixed with 2 ½ TBS hot water} can be used in place of a regular egg to keep this peanut butter banana baked oatmeal vegan!

Almond milk: Any non-dairy milk can be used in place of almond milk! If you do not need to avoid dairy you may also use regular milk!

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Recipe! The perfect make-ahead breakfast! Gluten-free, dairy-free, & vegan-friendly with no refined sugar!

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x9” square baking pan and set aside.
  2. For Vegan Version: Mix 1 TBS ground chia seeds with 2 ½ TBS hot water. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the quick cooking oats, baking powder, sea salt and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl mix mashed banana and peanut butter together until combined.
  5. Add in the vanilla extract, maple syrup and chia seed mixture or egg. Mix until combined.
  6. Add the almond milk and stir until batter is homogenous.
  7. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  8. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 9x9” baking pan.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Or until the top slightly springs back when touched and the edges are just barely brown!
  10. Melt the extra peanut butter and drizzle on top!
  11. Cut into squares and enjoy!
  12. Store in refrigerator, reheat in microwave or enjoy cold!
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Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Recipe! The perfect make-ahead breakfast! Gluten-free, dairy-free, & vegan-friendly with no refined sugar!

Are you a morning person? Are your kids morning people? As far back as I can remember I’ve always loved the early morning hours (probably because I adored school). I would usually spring out of bed like a pop tart and be excited for a fresh new day. Mornings were my favorite because I would always eat breakfast (the best meal of the day, of course) while watching TV before school…usually something awesome like Saved By The Bell {oh yes}! If I was extra tired, all my dad had to do to get me out of bed was threaten to “go get the ice.”  Then he would proceed to jiggle the ice around in the freezer loud enough for me to hear it, causing me to LEAP out of bed and run into the shower. I hated being cold even more than being tired (still do).

My little sister on the other hand…has never been a morning person. I’m convinced she would skip mornings all together and just wake up at lunch time if it were socially acceptable for an adult woman to do so. My dad would threaten (and follow through) with many tactics to try to get her out of bed, and nothing worked. Finally, when there were 7 minutes left before she had to be at school, she’d roll out of bed, take a shower and get there on time. It was miraculous. I’m still amazed when I think about it.

I have high hopes that my kids will be morning people. They never {and I mean never} sleep past 7:30. We set a clock that turns yellow when they are allowed to come out of bed, and I can count on one hand the number of mornings they have slept past their wake-up time!

Looking for more make-ahead breakfasts? Try these:

Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins ({freezer-friendly}!

Spinah Banana Muffins {freezer-friendly}!

Paleo Zucchini Breakfast Cookies {freezer-friendly}!

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal 

Zucchini Banana Oatmeal Pancakes {freezer-friendly}!

And many more in the “Breakfast” category in the recipe index!

Are you a morning person? Have you had seasons where it has changed? Are your kids morning people? 

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Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Recipe! The perfect make-ahead breakfast! Gluten-free, dairy-free, & vegan-friendly with no refined sugar!