I love dessert.
I love chocolate, ice cream, cookies, pies… you get the drift. I’d probably eat an ice cream sundae for dinner multiple times a week if I thought I’d feel good physically after the fact.
However, most of the time my diet consists of whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies, nuts, low-fat dairy and some lean meats. Very exciting;-) I also like to incorporate healthy “treats”.
When I have the time, I’ll make something. like low-fat cookies, or brownies (Look for more recipes like that in the future:-)). That way I am enjoying something that isn’t so processed.
So last night I decided to make myself a baked breakfast treat. What better way to start the day than with a healthy baked good??
I made Pumpkin Banana Baked Oatmeal. There are a ton of different baked oatmeal recipes around the web, so I just took bits and pieces of the different variations.
You Will Need:
2 cups of rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
dash of salt
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)*
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (skim milk or soy milk, etc. is fine as well)
1/2 cup egg replacement
1 large or 2 small ripe bananas, mashed
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with non-stick spray.
Combine dry ingredients (oatmeal through salt). Set aside.
Combine wet ingredients (everything else).
Add oatmeal mixture to wet ingredients and stir until combined.
Pour into baking pan and bake for 23-28 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
I topped mine with some peanut butter for protein and healthy fats plus a drizzle of sugar-free syrup.
*You could use up to 1 cup of pumpkin in this recipe. I happened to be using leftovers and that is what I had left.
This recipe truly tastes like fall. The pumpkin pie spice gives it a great aroma.
Note that there is no added sugar in the recipe. The baked oatmeal is sweetened only by bananas. That way, you can sweeten it with toppings based on preference.
I think this would be great topped with some greek yogurt and blueberries or banana slices. Maybe even some baked apples, or apple butter. Yum!
What healthy “treats” do you enjoy?
i love healthy recipes! and by healthy i mean they have fruit or veggies to cancel out the sugar. you know, balance :)
exactly:-) kind of like carrot cake
How interesting…pumpkin and banana and oat…very healthy indeed :-)
wow, what a great idea! That looks delicious!
that sounds delicious! i’m a fan of baked oatmeal AND pumpkin oatmeal so how could i not love this?!?
this sounds amazing! i detest oatmeal, but i eat it regularly because it’s good for you, so i’m always searching for new recipes for it. yours sounds so good! i need to give it a try!
it is good and it is really easy!
Ohh that sounds SO good. Anything with oatmeal is usually a treat for me when it has yummy stuff in it :) And my mom’s in my kitchen as we speak making a raspberry orange triffle. Not the HEALTHIEST dessert in the world, but pound cake is pretty low in calories and at least there’s a little fruit in the mix, too. Can’t wait to dig into it tonight! This is the recipe she’s following in case you ever want to check it out:
thanks for the comment, the recipe sounds interesting!
I have a huge sweet tooth too. I have to have something sweet sometime in the day. Little treats can go a long way. And sweet breakfasts help too. Love the baked oatmeal!
That baked oatmeal looks delicious! I love deep chocolate vitas too, and I also love putting peppermint chocolate luna bars in the freezer. It satisfies my sweet tooth every time!
oh i love those luna bars- they are a good sub for thin mints:-) i will have to try putting them in the freezer!!
FALL = HAPPINESS!
I had my first Vitatop on vacation. It was delicious! Do you recommend buying them at Costco or Amazon (free shipping)? what are your favorite flavors?
What flavor did you have? I like all of them except for raisin bran. I usually order them online when Hungry Girl has specials but I haven’t seen them at Costco near me yet!
i have to say this recipe looks awesome. i love oatmeal, but I would have never to thought to bake something like this with oats. this recipe is an inspiration to create spinoffs. i love this can be a good substitute for dessert – just once in a while :-)
thanks so much!!!