Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Baked Elvis Oatmeal

You know when you just throw a few ingredients together and it ends up knocking you off your feet?  Well, that’s how this recipe was born.

It was a typical Sunday morning.  There was coffee.

And Twitter.

And oatmeal.  I don’t always eat oatmeal for breakfast but I’ve been craving it lately.  I just started throwing some of my favorite flavors into a bowl, including some frozen, overripe banana.  And what goes more perfectly with banana than peanut butter?  In my mind, absolutely nothing is better with banana than peanut butter.  Elvis agreed.  If I’m being perfectly honest with you, I think it’s the peanut butter-banana combination that I’ve really been craving, and the oats are just adding nutrition that I feel obliged to provide to my body.

that’s actually the coffee cup that I was drinking out of.  it was very last-minute food styling!

The oven was also involved because we don’t have a microwave.  It’s turned into a sort-of challenge to see how long we can go without purchasing one.  The one that we had previously stayed at the old house and our new loft doesn’t have one.  We have lived here for a month and in all honesty, I’m not missing it one bit.

Chia seeds were there too.  Have you tried them?  They have been all the rage lately and I have just recently tried them for the first time.  I really love them and in dishes like this one, you don’t even know that they are there, yet they are adding lots of good protein, fat and fiber.  Read more about chia seeds here.  Are you singing ‘cha-cha-cha chia’ in your head right now?  Because I am.  And yes, I’m talking about the same seeds.

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Healthy Baked Elvis Oatmeal

Yield: 1 serving (about 1 cup)

The classic Elvis combination, peanut butter + banana, baked into a quick, healthy and simple morning meal.


1/2 cup oats
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. chia seeds
2 Tbs. creamy natural peanut butter
2 Tbs. milk
1 Tbs. honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 banana, sliced or mashed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a small baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Stir together oats, salt, cinnamon and chia seeds. Set aside.

Combine peanut butter, milk, honey and vanilla in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Add dry ingredients and the banana and stir until fully incorporated.

Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for 12-14 minutes. The edges will be lightly browned.

Cassie's Notes:
If you don't have chia seeds, flax seeds would be a great addition too, or you can leave them out altogether.


33 Responses to “Baked Elvis Oatmeal”

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    Kathryn — February 29, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    Sometimes these creations that come out of nothing are the absolute best! This looks like such a tasty breakfast and a really great way to start the day.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 29, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    I love creations like this. They’re always the best and you just can’t wait to share them! This looks so delicious and hearty because of the oats. I’d definitely have this for breakfast. It’d probably hold me over for a while 🙂

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    Kelly Senyei — February 29, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    I love how it’s become my Wednesday morning routine to publish my recipe post on Just a Taste, and then head over here to check out the awesomeness on Bake Your Day 🙂 I’ve been reading so much about chia seeds, and this looks like the perfect way to test them out in my diet!

    • Cassie replied: — February 29th, 2012 @ 8:33 am

      I love this routine too, Kelly! I also ate some chia seeds on a PB/banana sandwich yesterday and they were awesome. (I’m kind of on a PB/banana kick!)

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    Bobbie {the vegan crew} — February 29, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Yum! I love oatmeal, but I can’t believe I’ve never thought to add peanut butter to it! I’ll definitely have to try it soon. I never thought to bake it either–I bet it gives it a great texture.

    PS. We are a microwave-free home, too. Last July I decided I didn’t want one anymore, so we tucked it away in a closet as a test to see if we could live without it. We never missed it and finally gave it away in December.

    • Cassie replied: — February 29th, 2012 @ 8:32 am

      That’s so great to hear! Since we made the decision, I have heard of many people that have gotten rid of theirs. It’s a fun challenge sometimes!

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    Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen — February 29, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    love love recipes like this…they are the best!! i love the food styling 🙂 and i think it’s amazing that y’all have survived without a microwave because we use ours all the time (like every morning for my oatmeal lol)…great post cassie!

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    Bev Weidner — February 29, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    I’d give up my microwave, but I’m OBSESSED with my corn sacks! And reheating tea, coffee, lunches, etc. At this point? No can do for me!

    Oh, but Elvis wants that oatmeal. And me.

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    Holly (Watson) Pyle — February 29, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Hi Cassie- this is Holly Watson, now Pyle, from high school. Believe it or not, I stumbled upon your blog from the ‘Everything’ tab on Pinterest and just wanted to tell you how impressed I am! Your blog is AWESOME and your food photography is gorgeous! Really, really cool that you’ve established a great following of readers- I’m your newest! 🙂 Hope all is well!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 29, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    Love when recipes sort of just happen! Pb and banana are one of my fav combos too!

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    DessertForTwo — February 29, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    1. I love that this only serves 1 person!
    2. I’ve been microwave-free for years and I love it! Except when I have to melt chocolate using a double boiler. But then, I just melt it in the bowl I will be using and I don’t wash the pan I boiled the water in. Sounds bad, no?
    3. I like you 🙂

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — February 29, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    I know exactly what you mean about “recipes” like this. Same thing happened to me about the quinoa breakfast I recently posted about. Too delicious not to share 🙂
    We played the “how long can we live without a microwave” game after moving too. I lasted like 1.5 weeks. haha

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — February 29, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    I hate bananas, but I this looks so good, I’m tempted to make it! And french press coffee is the best.

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    Erin — February 29, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    Elvis was definitely right in adding peanut butter to bananas. And you definitely did the right thing posting this oatmeal!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — February 29, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    There are few better combos than peanut butter and banana! love this!

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    Jill | Dulce Dough — February 29, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    Sounds so good! I love the Elvis combo of banana’s and PB, and I will be making this for my boys this week! I have not tried chia seeds before–I will have to see if I can find them!

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    Sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 29, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    looks incredible and wholesome, cassie. i’ve never baked or cooked with chia seeds before. not sure what i am waiting for, i hear the texture they give is amazing. bookmarked this recipe for breakfast one day. 🙂

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 29, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    Looks great! I love all the chunks of banana you can see there!

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    Miss Meghan @ scratch-made wife — February 29, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Oh, that looks like one fabulous breakfast! I wonder if I could prep this the night before, kind of like overnight oats and then cook it in the morning. What do you think that’d be like? I might have to try it and let you know if it works – or if it just gets all mushy. 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — March 1st, 2012 @ 6:52 am

      Hi Meghan! I think that it would work overnight. You might try leaving the milk out, and mixing it in right before you put it in the oven, just to prevent it from getting mushy. Please let me know how it turns out, I’ve been wondering the same thing and haven’t given it a shot yet!

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    Shannon — February 29, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    Can’t wait to try this! I just bought chia seeds for the first time this weekend too!

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    Lora @cakeduchess — February 29, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    A healthy and delicious way to start the day. Love how you added chia seeds to it. It looks so creamy and wonderful:)xx

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 29, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

    I’ve been craving oatmeal lately too! And you can never go wrong with bananas and peanut butter!

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    Alyssa — March 1, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Great idea. I especially love the name!

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    Deborah — March 1, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    I don’t normally eat oatmeal, but I might make an exception for this!!

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    Jennifer — March 1, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    I’m an oatmeal addict…but I’ve never tried baking it. I should probably give it a go after seeing this post.

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    Aggie — March 1, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    This is EXACTLY how I would want my oatmeal! I don’t bake my oatmeal hardly ever, and I don’t know why! PB&Banana rock!

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    Jill | Dulce Dough — March 3, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    Just wanted to come back to this post and let you know that I made this for my kids for breakfast this morning. They LOVED it! I was worried my younger son would complain about the chia seeds, but he didn’t even notice them 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — March 4th, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Jill! I had it again for breakfast today and I’m hooked on the combination. Glad your kids loved it!

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    Suzette — April 8, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    Hi Cassie….this looks so good!! I have a sample packet of chia seeds that I got in the mail so making this oatmeal would be a great opportunity for me to try them out. 🙂 I was wondering what kind of oats you used?

    • Cassie replied: — April 8th, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

      Hi Suzette, I always keep old-fashioned oats on hand. I like the way they turn out in baked goods to best so that’s what I use. I’m sure quick-cooking oats would be great too!


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