For the most part, I’m not really a big breakfast fan.
I know, I know! For a food blogger, that’s sacrilege! However, during the week days, I often couldn’t face a breakfast bigger than a green, protein-based smoothie.
Well, that was until I discovered baked oats. And, well, it was something of a game changer for me. Genuinely like eating cake for breakfast, they are enough to turn the heads of pretty much anyone! In fact, just try stopping me from eating my second, third, fourth portion…!
These Chocolate & Walnut Banana Bread Baked Oats are my new favourite breakfast. They have all the taste of classic banana bread, but with a wholesome, comforting breakfast feel.
They’re full of healthy fats, fibre and oats, and also a little added bonus of some dark chocolate chips…you know how I love my dark chocolate chips!
The baked oats were part of a collaboration with the fantastic new vegan range at My Protein (we were celebrating World Vegan Day). I armed myself with their divine Three Nut Butter, chia seeds, walnuts, maple syrup and instant oats (oat flour) and set to work. And this was the result!
Granted, my banana bread baked oats are not the prettiest of breakfasts. They’re no beautiful smoothie bowl or chia pudding. However, I can promise you that they are one of the most delicious breakfasts imaginable – I always know I’m onto a winner when I test a recipe on my kids and they beg for more the next day!
Chocolate & Walnut Banana Bread Baked Oats
- Serves 4 –
- 1 1/4 cups oats
- 7 tbsp oat flour (I used My Protein Instant Oats)
- 1/2 cup ground walnuts
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1-2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
- Pinch salt
- Wet ingredients –
- 2 overly ripe bananas, mashed smooth
- 1 1/3 cups milk of choice
- 1/3 cup peanut butter (I actually used this Three Nut Butter)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- Berries and coconut yoghurt to serve (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 180C. Start by stirring together your dry ingredients until well combined.
- In a high-speed blender, blitz together the wet ingredients until smooth.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing well. Fold in the dark chocolate chips and chopped walnuts, then pour into an ovenproof dish.
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through and golden on top, then serve warm with coconut yoghurt, berries and a drizzle of maple syrup.