Monday, September 10, 2012

Banana Overnight Baked Oatmeal

Happy Monday! So the hubby leaves today for a trip to TJ to pick-up a vehicle and drive it back down to Baja, but is bringing back with him my sister, who will be visiting us for a week. I am beyond excited can't wait to have some quality time together. Although sure am going to miss the husband, at least it's a short trip. Hope everyone has a blessed week!

These oatmeal squares are delightful as the texture has a slight chew, yet soft and gooey, and a little crisp from the oven. Drizzle these warm oat squares with some cold milk absorbed by the oats that just creates the perfect warm breakfast cereal that you can just easily pop in the microwave to heat up each morning as it makes enough for at least 4 servings with 2 squares per breakfast. Not only is it delicious, but easy. This oatmeal bake can have a number of delicious combinations using all kinds of fruits, nuts, and seed combinations. But this one in particular is naturally sweetened from the bananas and these squares are also packed with good for you nutrients to keep you nourished all morning long. I enjoyed it with a few extra banana slices on top and sprinkle of cinnamon, with a portion of milk.

Banana Overnight Oats: (8 squares/ 4 servings)

Adapted from: Budget Bytes

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2 cups water
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine grain real salt
1 large egg or Ener-g egg replacement (I used replacement)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 bananas, mashed
2-3 tbs chia seeds
1/4 cup sugar (optional)* 

Combine all the ingredients, pour into a 9x13 baking dish. Set in the refrigerator overnight. Morning of remove from refrigerator and if you have time, let sit for another 15-30 minutes to get to room temperature. Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve with milk, cinnamon, and extra banana slices if desired.*The recipe is sweet enough for my taste buds, but I hardly ever add extra sweetener to my oats. Yet if desired add the 1/4 cup or drizzle the top with Agave or Honey when serving.

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