Strawberry Baked Oatmeal with Bananas

This extra easy baked oatmeal recipe with fresh strawberries, bananas and rich chocolate is one of our favorites. Jump to the Baked Oatmeal Recipe now or watch our quick recipe video showing you how we make it.

We love this recipe so much because you can make it the morning of or, if you’re short on time, prepare it the night before and bake in the morning.

It’s really flexible, too. Feel free to play with the add-ins to our recipe. We love adding strawberries, banana and chocolate, but  add whatever you love. Or, add that odd amount of nuts, raisins or cranberries left in your pantry from another recipe. It’s up to you!

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How to Make the Best Oatmeal in the Oven

There’s something special about entertaining in the morning — it’s casual, laid back and really can start the off right. Just picture this:  baked oatmeal recipe next to a a plate of crispy oven baked bacon or (if serving a crowd) these Breakfast Enchiladas with Ham and Peppers.

How to Make Baked Oatmeal at Home

If you take a read through the comments below, you’ll see so many who have shared this baked oatmeal recipe with family or friends. Some have even taken it to work.

You can mix all of the ingredients the night before cooking and then bake in the morning. If you do this, place bananas on the bottom of the dish and not on top of the oats since they may brown slightly over night.

Some readers have tried freezing the oatmeal: After mixing everything together, tightly cover the oatmeal or pour into resealable plastic bags and freeze for up to one month. Then, when you want to bake the oatmeal, just remove from freezer, thaw and bake as directed. If you decide to do this, we suggest that you mix the fruit into the oatmeal instead of placing on top to prevent browning – especially the bananas.

How to Make Oatmeal in the Oven

Recipe Substitutions

This baked oatmeal recipe is easily adapted for dairy-free and egg-free diets. While we call for one egg in the recipe, we have had success removing the egg completely. Another easy substitution is replacing soy, almond or even coconut milk for the milk called for in the original recipe.

You can, of course, change the fruit and chocolate in the recipe, too. To reduce calories or level of sweetness, eliminate chocolate from the recipe all together. You could also substitute blueberries, blackberries or other fruit for the strawberries and banana

Finally, if you wish to reduce the amount of sugar, readers have had success eliminating the sugar all together. You could do this or replace the sugar with honey or agave nectar.

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Strawberry Baked Oatmeal

Recipe updated, originally posted December 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal Recipe with Bananas

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Our extra easy baked oatmeal recipe with fresh strawberries, bananas and chocolate is such a crowd-pleaser. You could make this in the morning or if you’re short on time, prepare it the night before and bake in the morning. There are lots of substitutions you can make, here. A few ideas: replace the milk with soy milk, remove the egg, reduce sugar a little, or change up the fruit, nuts and chocolate to something you love. We talk a bit more about recipe substitutions in the article, but you can also read below in the comments to see what others have done.

Makes approximately 6 servings

You Will Need

2 cups (175 grams) old fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup (70 grams) light brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon grated orange zest

1 teaspoon Chinese five spice (you can substitute cinnamon)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (55 grams) walnuts, chopped

6 ounces strawberries, sliced

1/3 cup (60 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 cups (470 ml) milk, dairy or non-dairy

1 large egg

3 tablespoons butter, melted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ripe banana, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices

Directions

    Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously spray the inside of a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.

    In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, Chinese five spice, salt, half the walnuts, half the strawberries, and half the chocolate. Add to prepared baking dish. Scatter the remaining strawberries, walnuts, chocolate, and the banana on top of the oats.

    In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla extract, then pour over the oats and fruit. Gently shimmy and shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.Baked-Oatmeal-with-Strawberries,-Banana-and-Chocolate-Step-1

    Bake oatmeal until the top is golden brown and the milk mixture has set, about 35 minutes.

    For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of brown sugar on top of the oatmeal, and then place back in the oven under the broiler and broil for 20-30 seconds.Baked-Oatmeal-with-Strawberries,-Banana-and-Chocolate-Step-1

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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233 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Katie May 7, 2012, 3:32 pm

    This recipe is amazing! I make it with craisins instead of chocolate chips. Can you divide this among a muffin pan instead? Would love to try that so I can switch up the toppings to please everyone.

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  • Sarah April 30, 2012, 9:27 am

    Eating this right now. So good and really easy!

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  • Emma April 15, 2012, 3:55 pm

    This oatmeal is absolutely delicious! I have made it many times now and every time is better than the last! Thanks for the great recipe! PS.. There is a batch of the oatmeal in the oven right now! 🙂

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  • Lindsey April 15, 2012, 1:52 pm

    I just made this today for lunch. It was a cold rainy day so I made this and it was amazing. I used cinnamon instead and also put blue berries in and my two boys loved it. Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Karen April 8, 2012, 10:52 am

    Any suggestions on the best way to reheat..Prepared it all last night and just need to re-heat…

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    • Joanne April 8, 2012, 8:20 pm

      microwave each serving or place into the oven, covered with foil (350F) until warmed through.

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  • Josie March 31, 2012, 12:38 am

    My husband LOVES this recipe…. I make it once a week because he loves it so much, thank you for the great recipe. We leave out the chocolate chips because he doesn’t prefer chocolate (I sprinkle some on my side still) but it is just as good without them.

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  • Meg @ Peaches and Cake March 26, 2012, 11:40 am

    Thanks for this amazing idea!! I adapted it to include blueberries and honey and it is so awesome! Ate it again a day later for breakfast on a busy Monday morning and it was just as good! Thank you!

    Meg

    http://peachesandcake.com/2012/03/26/baked-oatmeal-with-strawberries-blueberries-and-banana/

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  • Jennifer March 3, 2012, 10:33 am

    I made this today but made a few changes. I didn’t have the chinese 5 spice so I used a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of cardamom. I also substituted almonds for the walnuts (what i had) and added a pint of blueberries. I was a little lazy and just stirred all of the fruit in and poured the liquid over that way. It was wonderful but if I add extra fruit next time, I will cut back on the milk a little bit.

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  • Ashley March 2, 2012, 10:57 am

    I wonder if this is freezable like a casserole? To save and use when you’re hosting guests?

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    • Joanne March 2, 2012, 12:02 pm

      Hi Ashley, We have not actually tried this, but we found a recipe that had success freezing. Basically, after mixing everything together (before letting sit overnight) the oatmeal was covered tightly or poured into resealable plastic bags and frozen. Then, when you want to cook the oatmeal, just take it out of the freezer, thaw and bake as directed.
      We do not see why it would not work for our recipe, we just suggest that the fruit is mixed into the oatmeal, not placed on top if you decide to freeze.

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  • Amanda February 27, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Made this today and LOVED it!!

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