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 8×8 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