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Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Need a filling, freezer-friendly breakfast? This Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal is healthy and is easily doubled to put in your freezer!

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Bananas are one of my favorite breakfast foods. For some reason, they just don’t taste as good any other time of day.

So I eat them with everything. On my pancakes/waffles, sliced in my oatmeal, on toast, and also eaten with eggs.

In fact, I have about 3 quart-sized freezer bags full of cut-up bananas in my freezer so I can save them for baking.

On this particular morning, I made this Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal before Allison woke up. I’ve been waking up a bit earlier to get more computer work done, so I figured I’d be productive even more before the sun came up.

Image of a bowl filled with oats and spices

Oatmeal bakes are pretty easy. Just mix the dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet in another, and then combine. I doubled this recipe, so I ended up filling this bowl almost all the way to the top.

After they were done baking, I let them sit for over an hour while I got Allison ready, and then cut up each dish into 6 pieces and put them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will these keep in the freezer?

If this baked oatmeal is inside a freezer bag, it’ll stay fresh up to 3 months. It’s still safe to eat after that; but after awhile, it may get freezer burnt and won’t taste as good.

Mine never lasts that long in the freezer anyway because I eat it so fast!

My oatmeal bake is really soft on the bottom- how do I freeze it?

Image of a completed baked oatmeal cut into pieces and placed on a cookie sheet

Sometimes with oatmeal bakes, the bottoms are pretty soft and have the consistency of oatmeal rather than a bar.

If this happens to you, flip each piece upside down on the cookie sheet with parchment paper on top. This will let the pieces freeze without getting stuck.

Once they’re frozen though, they’re good to go! Just put them in a labeled gallon-sized freezer bag.

What else can you eat with this baked oatmeal?

Image of a bowl of baked oatmeal topped with milk and sliced bananas

I like having protein with my breakfast because it keeps me full throughout the morning. Things like:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Cottage cheese
  • Sausage patties/links

Besides that, I actually pour a bit of milk in the bowl and top with sliced bananas. Seriously, try it. It’s EXCELLENT!

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer Day 2)

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Need a filling, freezer-friendly breakfast? This Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal is healthy and is easily doubled to put in your freezer!


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas and add the egg, milk, applesauce, maple syrup, butter, and vanilla, and mix.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine.
  5. Pour into a greased 8x8 dish and bake for 35-40 minutes until set.


The recipe is for a single batch, so double everything if you want to have an extra for the freezer.

To freeze, cut into 6 pieces and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (You may have to flip them upside down if the bottoms are pretty wet). Once frozen, you can put into a labeled gallon-sized freezer bag.

Other Posts in “4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer” Series

4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer Week 1- Breakfast
Whole Wheat Waffles (Day 1)
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal (Day 2)
Breakfast Burrito Packs (Day 3)
Morning Glory Muffins (Day 4)
Healthy Breakfast Sausage Balls (Day 5)
4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer Challenge Week 2- Lunch
Freezer Ham and Cheese Pockets (Day 6)
Slow Cooker Mexican Burritos (Day 7)
Pepperoni Pizza Pockets (Day 8)
Santa Fe Chicken Frozen Lunches (Day 9)
Cream Cheese Chicken Chimichangas (Day 10)
4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer Week 3- Dinner
Freezer Friendly Baked Penne (Day 11)
Turkey Chili (Day 12)
Freezer Sloppy Joes (Day 13)
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas (Day 14)
Red Chicken Enchiladas (Day 15)
4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer Week 4- Snacks/Dessert
Peanut Butter Energy Bites (Day 16)
Cinnamon Banana Muffins (Day 17)
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (Day 18)
Freezer Chocolate Chip Cookies (Day 19)
Carrot Cake Cookies (Day 20)


Wednesday 3rd of August 2022

Hi Jaime, I was wondering if I could make these into muffins instead of bars? And if it’s the same for freezing them? Thanks in advance!


Thursday 4th of August 2022

Hi Jasmine! I'm sure these would work great as muffins. Reduce the cooking time- I'd say start with 15 minutes and go from there.

And yes, freeze them the same way! Put them on a baking sheet with parchment paper. And when they're frozen, put them in a freezer bag. =)

millie benedict

Monday 28th of June 2021

Can you put like the calories and all that at the end of recipe.


Tuesday 29th of June 2021

Thanks for letting me know! I've been making my way through these posts to update them and this one will be next. =)


Saturday 28th of September 2019

I like your website and budget friendly recipes. I made this baked oatmeal with sugar free maple syrup and it turned out great. I have been eating it for breakfast this week—-with milk and bananas or with a little butter and some of the same sugar free syrup. It’s very filling and costs little to make, I heated mine up in the microwave and it has saved me time in the mornings. I’m sure you have an Instant Pot. I also like to make a double batch of steel cut oats and then eat off it for a week when I am craving oatmeal. This summer when our Georgia peaches were coming in, I would slice fresh peaches over a bowl and pour a little cream over the whole thing. Yum—you could use canned or thawed frozen peaches for a similar breakfast.


Monday 30th of September 2019

This all sounds awesome, Leigh!! I do have an Instant Pot and I was considering making some steel cut oats next week. =) Pumpkin, to go with Fall!

Naomi Laufenburger

Sunday 28th of April 2019

Do you thaw these out of the freezer before adding to milk or eating as a bar? Or do you warm it? Thanks!


Sunday 28th of April 2019

I thawed mine overnight in the fridge before eating. =) They're not quite firm enough to eat as a bar, so you can eat it either cold/thawed with milk or warm it up first, then add cold milk. Either one is delicious!


Tuesday 6th of November 2018

This recipe looks so yummy! I made some frozen yogurt breakfast bars yesterday. There was no school so I wasn't super productive today lol But I just got the kids in bed so I'm going to work on the waffles and then make this tomorrow!


Wednesday 7th of November 2018

That still sounds pretty productive! Those frozen yogurt breakfast bars sound amazing. =)

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