My apartment smelled FANTASTIC this morning as I baked this dish. Now, you might think that spending a half hour making a weekday breakfast is silly, but I promise you that it is worth it. I have been thinking about banana bread the past few days, and love the combination of dates and walnut so I thought, “Why not make a baked banana oatmeal with Banana, Walnuts and Medjool Dates?”
I woke up to another cold and rainy morning today, and decided I needed a little comfort before leaving for class. In to a medium bowl I combined: 1/2 mashed banana (save a few slices for garnish), 1/2 TBS Chia Seeds, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Vanilla; mix to combine. Add 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1 TBS chopped walnut (plus have another walnut half for garnish), and 1.5 Medjool Dates, Chopped (reserve a few for garnish). Add to an oven safe bowl sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, garnish and bake at 375 for about 25 minutes. When it was finished I added a glob of Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt and Honey.
I loved the warmth of this hearty dish. Chia seeds are optional, but I really like them for the extra thickness and nutty crunch they provide, as well as the added health benefits!!
Warmth and Comfort,
Have you ever tried baked oatmeal? What is your favorite way to prepare oatmeal?