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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223 comments… Leave a Comment
  • The Peace Patch July 29, 2013, 6:41 pm

    Thank you so much for including the veg-friendly substitutions…this looks so delicious!

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  • sandra July 19, 2013, 1:23 am

    how many calories per serving in this recipe?! thank!

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    • Joanne July 31, 2013, 12:34 pm

      Hi Sandra, At the moment we do not provide nutrition info for our recipes on the site. As an alternative, we suggest that you take a look at CalorieCount.com. There, you can copy our recipe and paste it to get full nutritional info. Hope that helps!

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  • Gardenchef's Needle and Pen June 18, 2013, 4:15 am

    Pinning this! But I need to wait for the strawberries 🙁

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  • Helga June 12, 2013, 5:09 pm

    Hi Joanne & co,

    My boyfriend shared this recipe with me last night. I’m not sure if that was a hint or not, but I’m glad he did! I think of making this for our family this weekend. I have to be careful with sugar, and try to stay low on the glycemic index… Do you think I could replace the brown sugar with agave syrup, which is naturally low on the glycemic index. If so, how much? 1/2 cup?

    Thanks

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    • Joanne June 13, 2013, 10:38 am

      Agave should be fine — We suggest using less than what is called for. Agave is sweeter than regular sugar so try about 1/4 cup of agave.

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  • Amber June 11, 2013, 8:40 pm

    A great way to slice strawberries is to use an egg slicer. I felt like a genius when I thought of that because it’s so fast and I get perfect even slices.

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  • Panka June 10, 2013, 2:03 am

    Thanks for the great recipe, I’ve ate this for breakfast 20 mins ago but… it’s still running in my mind. Delicious!

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  • Heather @ The Striving Wife June 3, 2013, 7:59 am

    Great recipe! Instead of doubling it, I decided to just make 2 different “flavors”! One I followed the recipe almost exact, the other I used peaches and a banana, with some cinnamon & nutmeg (omitted the strawberries, chocolate, orange zest). In both I also replaced the 5 spice with cinnamon, & omitted the nuts due to allergies. It’s still in the oven but smells SO good!!

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  • jamaican clothing May 2, 2013, 6:10 pm

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for baked oatmeal

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  • Elizabeth April 24, 2013, 1:25 am

    So random…but how is the consistency? I’m looking for ideas for my sister’s shower this Sunday….and I like this one! But I’m wondering if it is something they could just put on their plates with the rest of their food, or if I would need to provide bowls. Someone mentioned cutting it into fours so it made me wonder. Thanks! 🙂

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    • Joanne April 24, 2013, 6:47 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, plates should be fine. You really can scoop out a spoonful or even cut. Enjoy!

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  • Jenn April 23, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Goodness gracious. I made this last night so I wouldn’t have to get up early to bake it before my husband went to work. I think leaving it in the fridge overnight made the flavors pop even more. I used an 8×8 pan, cut it into four squares, and could barely finish one of those for breakfast. This is going on my “Tried and True” list.

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  • Kate April 10, 2013, 5:37 pm

    Why do you add baking powder? I wouldn’t think oatmeal would especially need the rise. thanks!

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    • Joanne April 16, 2013, 12:32 pm

      Hi Kate – The baking powder makes the casserole light and not heavy. It will taste perfectly fine if you leave the baking powder out, though.

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  • Casey March 28, 2013, 2:58 pm

    This sounds great! I just started making oatmeal in the crockpot on Saturday night for Sunday morning. Would this work in a crock pot? The other was cooked on low for 8-9 hours.

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    • Joanne April 16, 2013, 12:39 pm

      It should — we have never tried it, but see no reason why it would not work.

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  • Diane Robinson March 23, 2013, 10:56 pm

    Have you tried this with steel cut oats?

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    • Adam April 5, 2013, 12:00 pm

      One of our readers commented saying that they tried using steel cut oats and they said it worked for them.

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  • Sharyn March 20, 2013, 3:50 pm

    We really liked this a lot! I think next time I’ll omit the chocolate. I used 2 bananas vs. 1 and didn’t have an orange on hand to zest…follow recipe other than that. So good! Thanks.

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  • Ericae March 20, 2013, 1:51 pm

    If I double the recipe and bake in a 9×13 pan, how long do you think it will take to bake?

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    • Joanne March 21, 2013, 11:11 am

      Hi there — We suggest you check around 35 minutes–it will most likely need more time though. Probably another 10 to 15 minutes.

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