Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Bake

Oatmeal Banana Bake - one word - heaven! :)

Here is a great healthy alternative to banana bread.  You could do various modifications to this recipe with different fruits (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, apples, etc).  This is a very family-friendly recipe and my two-year old had fun helping me slice the bananas with a butter knife and mix the ingredients together.  Because of the banana in it, this recipe is a little higher in carbs and sugar than my typical meals.  If you are really trying to watch your carbs and sugar you can make this recipe without the banana.

NOTE: This recipe has no preservatives in it so you MUST keep it refrigerated or else it will go bad very quickly.  It will stay good in the fridge for 4-5 days and you can freeze individual portion sizes in ziploc bags for 1-2 months (although mine never last that long because they taste so good!)  :)

 Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

  • 2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
  • 4 scoops of vanilla whey protein powder (I use MRM brand Rich Vanilla flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Stevia in the Raw
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 oz unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 sliced bananas (sliced fairly thin)
  • 4 large strawberries (sliced fairly thin)

 Directions:

In a medium bowl mix together dry ingredients.  In another medium bowl mix together wet ingredients except fruit.  Spray an 8” or 8.5” round baking pan with non-stick baking spray (you could also use an 8x8 glass pan if you wanted).  Line the bottom of the round baking pan with one of the thinly sliced bananas. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients - make sure it is distributed evenly.  Pour mixture on top the layer of sliced bananas.  Cover with remaining sliced banana and sliced strawberries.

Cook at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes until top is golden brown and knife comes out clean when placed through the center.

This makes 4 servings (cut into 4 wedges). One serving contains:

1/2 c. oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 egg white
~1/3 c. unsweetened almond milk
1/2 banana
1 strawberry
Small amounts of: Greek yogurt, applesauce, stevia, spices, etc.

Nutritional Information (with bananas):
One Serving: 1 wedge or 1/4 of recipe
Calories: 381
Fat: 7
Carbs: 53
Protein: 34
Sugar: 12

Nutritional Information (without bananas):
One Serving: 1 wedge or 1/4 of recipe
Calories: 336
Fat: 7
Carbs: 42
Protein: 33
Sugar: 5

This is a double batch I made with raspberries instead of strawberries:

Natalie Hodson is a mom of two showing how to balance family, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle. http://nataliehodson.com
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