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
  • Krystal March 31, 2014, 8:02 pm

    I have in the oven now!! I used unsweetened almond milk and cocoa powder rather than chocolate chips for health hopefully it will be yummy!

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  • Karen March 23, 2014, 12:31 pm

    I altered this to include pineapple tidbits and chopped peanuts and called it banana split oatmeal. Delish!!!

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  • Lisa March 16, 2014, 10:54 am

    I made this for breakfast this morning and it was so good! I skipped to chocolate chips, did not ‘pack’ the brown sugar and used skim milk to cut the calories a bit – and it was so good! Highly suggest you make this.

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  • Jason March 7, 2014, 1:04 am

    Best homemade oatmeal I’ve ever made! The flavors oh my goodness!!! Bravo! 5 stars!

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  • Chelsea January 9, 2014, 1:02 am

    This looks delightful!! Can’t wait to try!! I’ll bet it would be great with some bananas too. Also, FYI… The link from this website to your Pinterest page doesn’t appear to be working. I still searched for you and I’m now following you but I just figured I’d let you know. 🙂

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  • Kim January 3, 2014, 6:01 pm

    This is a fabulous recipe. I eliminated the sugar and added 1/4 c honey instead. I also only used 2 tbs mini chocolate chips. In addition to these changes, I used unsweetened almond milk and eliminated the egg and butter. I baked it for 35 minutes and it came out perfect! HOWEVER, each bite had an overwhelming salty taste and despite only adding 1/2 tsp as the recipe suggests, it was obnoxious! After reviewing my ingredients, I realized that it was the almond milk. It contains sea salt; I didn’t know this. The milk absorbed/evaporated and left the salt behind. SO, check your ingredients!
    I am so making this again because it was absolutely (kinda) delicious!

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    • Joanne January 7, 2014, 11:21 am

      HI Kim — Such a bummer about the almond milk/saltiness. Glad you’re willing to give it another go, though 🙂

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  • Carrie@CradleRockingMama December 26, 2013, 10:38 am

    Thank you for this! I couldn’t make it the way you say to because of food allergies, but you were a HUGE inspiration for what I did eventually make! I even turned it into a crockpot overnight breakfast recipe, and it worked beautifully. If you’d like to see how to do that, I wrote up what I did on my blog: http://cradlerockingmama.com/overnight-crockpot-oatmeal-banana-bake-vegan-gluten-free/.

    My family thought there were too many competing flavors the first time I made it (which was much MUCH closer to your original recipe) so I had to make some adjustments to satisfy their “purist” tendencies. LOL

    This is a great recipe – I’ve seen how many people you’ve inspired! That’s quite an accomplishment!! Merry Christmas!

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  • Michelle N December 7, 2013, 9:01 am

    Oh my gosh I can not thank you enough for this recipe! Making for our little family again today for about the 20th time since finding a few months ago on Pinterest it has become a family favorite for everyone which is great because we have a few picky little ones but not with this oatmeal bake.
    Really like how your recipes on your website show pictures, gotta have pictures of the steps VERY HELPFUL THANK YOU!!!

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  • Jessi Boehme November 19, 2013, 7:41 am

    Hello! My sister has made this recipe a bunch of times and we’ve made some changes but I’d love to share your site / the recipe with my bloggers! Everyone’s been asking about it! Thanks for a great recipe (;

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  • Holly September 30, 2013, 11:56 am

    I appreciate this website and the variety of recipes available on it. Since I grew up on a wonderful traditional baked oatmeal recipe, I was excited to try this variation. I am not a novice baker and since this was first attempt making this recipe, I followed the recipe instructions exactly as written. However, my family and I were disappointed. We did not care for the bitterness the orange zest brought to the dish (and I was careful not to include any of the pith from the orange). Also, the baked fresh fruit seemed to give off their juices to the surrounding oatmeal making the baked fruit itself taste somewhat bland and unappealing. I think in the future I will just add fresh fruit to my regular baked oatmeal recipe after it comes out of the oven. However, I do want to thank you, Joanne, for sharing your enthusiasm for cooking and recipes with the public. Best of luck.

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    • Joanne September 30, 2013, 2:53 pm

      Hi Holly, Sorry this didn’t work out for you. Thanks for your kind words!

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  • Kayley September 26, 2013, 12:13 pm

    Quite tasty! Liked it…though next time I’m going to be bad and add a large drop of whipped cream on top and have it as a dessert!

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  • Renee September 21, 2013, 9:14 pm

    Have you every used or can you use frozen strawberries? We grow them then we freeze them so looking for was to use frozen strawberries!

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    • Joanne September 22, 2013, 10:21 am

      Frozen strawberries would be great.

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    • SBB September 27, 2013, 1:24 pm

      I used frozen blue berries and I think it made it taste better … when they thawed it released more of their juices!

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  • Tremayne September 12, 2013, 12:06 pm

    I’ve just come across your site and these recipes look absolutely amazing – and I love the idea of the caramel sauce on top.

    Thanks

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  • Debbie August 19, 2013, 5:45 pm

    I was looking for a breakfast recipe to make for our family vacation. Breakfast is usually nothing special for our vacation, so I wanted to make something special for one day. I made it this morning and it was a big hit!! Everyone really enjoyed it-kids and adults. It was pretty simple to make, too. I will definitely be making this again in the future. Thank you for the recipe!

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  • Jessica August 9, 2013, 11:17 am

    hi! i’ve made this recipe probably about 15 times and had many requests for the recipe. i substitute unsweetened almond milk for the milk, but everything else is the same. i have calculated that there are about 350 calories per serving, if you consider it to be 6 servings. just in case anyone wanted to know! this is my go-to delicious breakfast recipe. i LOVE it! thanks for sharing!

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    • Joanne August 12, 2013, 12:38 pm

      Hi Jessica, so glad you like the recipe. It’s one of our top recipes on the site 🙂

      Reply

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