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


    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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  • Cristina September 11, 2012, 12:04 pm

    I made this using steel cut oats. I mixed all of the ingredients in a bowl and let sit in the fridge overnight. I omitted the chocolate chips and used less brown sugar. It required a longer baking time (maybe due to the different types of oats). I just left it in the oven until it was no longer runny in the center. All I have to say is that these turned out fantastic! What a quick and healthy breakfast idea. I will be making them again.

  • erin s. September 10, 2012, 10:00 am

    I found this recipe through pinterest and made it last night for my breakfasts this week. I reheated a portion this morning with a little milk and it was SO GOOD!

  • Sheila August 26, 2012, 7:16 pm

    Just made this. It was so easy and I had everything on hand. Even added a little coconut to the top too. Delicious!

  • Kristi August 17, 2012, 7:38 pm

    We have had baked oatmeal at Gretna Glen, a church camp in PA. Their recipe is more simple and then they serve toppings on the side. I can’t wait to make your versions with the fruit and nuts baked in. Fabulous idea, thanks for sharing!

  • Sammi August 15, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Oh my goodness… Made this for breakfast this morning and it was delish! Love how versatile it is. I used 5 grain porridge in place of plain rolled oats, pine nuts, pepitas and sunflower kernels in place of walnuts, cinnamon instead of 5 spice, and dried cranberries in place of choc chips. So delicious, and tastes like luxury 🙂

  • Joanne August 8, 2012, 5:36 pm

    Made this today to bring to work for all my nurse coworkers and it was a HUGH hit. I will definetly make this again and again.

  • Steph August 6, 2012, 9:38 pm

    Delicious, creamy texture to the oats. I used cinnamon in place of 5 spice, along with strawberries, blueberries, banana, and cherries. I subbed a mashed banana for the egg. Took mine closer to 50 min to bake in a convection oven. Yummy!

  • Brook August 3, 2012, 11:36 pm

    Do you think I could omit the egg in this receipe and have it turn out? I have an Egg allergic daughter and we can’t use eggs .
    I’d love to try this though they love oatmeal!

    • inspiredtaste August 4, 2012, 8:30 am

      Yes– other readers have had success with omitting the egg.

  • Gayle July 30, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Can I freeze it after baking, and rewarm it in the microwave before eating? Because I leave for work at 6am, don’t feel like baking so early….
    Do you have any other quick on the go breakfast ideas? I would love to hear about it!
    I’m looking for healthy on the go breakfasts….

    • inspiredtaste August 4, 2012, 8:28 am

      Yep—we would suggest optioning out the baked oatmeal before freezing if you want to only heat up a single or double serving.

  • Dianne July 20, 2012, 11:25 am

    Just made this. I substituted with vanilla soy milk, used dried cranberries instead of chocolate chips, and reduced brown sugar to a loose 1/4 cup. Oh, and used cinnamon instead of Chinese 5 spice. It was yummy. This is a keeper. Oh the possibilities!


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