I know I’ve said this before (and probably more than once), but I really, really love oatmeal. For breakfast most mornings, I have a big fluffy bowl of banana oatmeal with lots of fun toppings for crunch and chew. If I go more than a day or two without oatmeal, I really start to crave it!
Oatmeal is even delicious cold or baked! You can also use oats to make snack bars, granola bars, bread, and cookies. They’re so versatile! And healthy, too. They’re a great source of whole grains and fiber, and keep you feeling full and energized. Basically, oats are awesome. 🙂
You would think that with my major obsession with oats that I would have exhausted all the possible oatmeal recipes by now, but they are endless! I tried something new for dessert tonight with a baked chocolate banana oatmeal breakfast pudding, and oh my gosh, it was sooo good!
Straight out of the oven, the chocolatey flavor and warm, gooey texture were absolutely divine! This pudding can be served as a nutritious breakfast, but it also makes an incredibly decadent dessert. It doesn’t taste “healthy” at all! The best part is that this pudding is completely sugar free (sweetened just with ripe bananas), so I can enjoy as much as my chocolate-loving heart desires! 🙂
I realize that my pictures of this delicious pudding actually make it look rather gross (the second picture in particular just looks like a gooey brown mess). This is not exactly the most photogenic dish, and my picture-taking skills are terrible, so please trust me when I say that this pudding is simply AMAZING! 🙂
P.S. To make this pudding a little more visually appealing (and even more tasty!), you could garnish it with powdered sugar, chopped nuts, and/or sliced bananas!
Baked Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Pudding
Source: adapted from Oh She Glows
- 1/2 cup lightly toasted hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium-large bananas)
- 1 1/4 cups nonfat milk
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 4-6 cup (1-1.5 liter) casserole dish.
2. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides if necessary.
3. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish and bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.