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Yesterday morning, I spied a very brown banana hanging out on the kitchen counter. My first thought was:

Score! I can make… Banana Pancakes for One.

But then I got an even better idea.

banana baked oatmeal

banana bread oatmeal

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Adapted from: Cookie Dough Baked Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (50 g)
  • a litle over 1/16th tsp salt
  • a little over 2 tbsp mashed, very-ripe banana (40 g)
  • 3 tbsp milk of choice or water (45 g)
  • 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil or coconut butter (Or you can sub 1 tbsp more liquid or extra banana, for a lower-fat version. But the coconut oil makes this recipe so buttery!)
  • pinch stevia OR 1 tbsp sugar (Taste the batter to decide if you want more)
  • Optional: walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla extract, peanut butter, or whatever else you put in banana bread (Chocolate chips?)

Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Combine dry ingredients, then mix in wet. Pour into a small baking pan, loaf pan, or 1-cup ramekin (or, for mini boats, two 1/2-cup ramekins). Cook for 15-20 minutes, or more until it’s firm. (Cooking time varies, depending on whether you use oil or not.) Finally, set your oven to “high broil” for 5 more minutes (or simply just bake longer, but broiling gives it a nice crust). Don’t forget to spray your ramekins or mini-loaf pan first if you want your cakes to pop out.

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I spy something else brown…



And white. A whole lotta white. See all that hair on the side of his bed? That’s the reason poor Henry is not allowed on the couch. Henry wants to know, “Where’s my banana boatmeal?”

Question of the Day:
Do your pets ever eat “people” food?

Henry adores bananas. He’d probably like the Melted Banana Trick!

We used to feed them table scraps, until Molly had to go on a diet. But they’re still fed raw veggies every now and then. (Carrots are a favorite.) My dogs don’t just eat people food, they think they are people!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. My dog is on diet food, so he can’t have people food! hah But, he does think he is a person!!! The banana bread boatmeal looks great!!

  2. Bethany says:

    Yes my cat thinks she’s a person and when it’s dinner time someone has to feed her, her food or you will have a little fur ball in your face begging for some of yours. I recently found out she loves peanut butter and tofu. Kind of upsetting when you go to take a bite and realize your cat has nicked a lick or a piece.
    Your dog is so cute! I love dogs, but I’m so much more of a cat person.

  3. Freya says:

    yep, that’s a breakfast for me right there :)
    My horse adores bread, and my cat ate my stepdad’s chicken curry once…!

    1. lol I think my pups would eat ANYthing!

  4. Ilana says:

    yummmm delicious looking breakfast!!!
    my kitty has a thing for cereal and milk. when she was a baby she clawed her way into a box of cornflakes and started to munch away, and last week I discovered she likes hemp milk. i also once had a cat who really enjoyed potato chips and popcorn.

    1. Awwww I can just see your kitty sitting down at the table (with utensils in hand, naturally)!

  5. Stefanie says:

    I finally made boatmeal this weekend. It was really good. I choose the pumpkin pie version and topped it with more pumpkin and a little coconut milk. The banana version looks really good too.

    My cat likes lettuce, bread, and turky. We joke that we should just make her a sandwich. I prefer not to feed my cats people food but the rest of the family does not agree.

    1. I especially have to watch when my grandma comes to visit… she feeds the dogs pretzels!

  6. Emily says:

    This looks amazing and so easy, I definitely need to try it for breakfast one day :)

  7. I Love banana bread! This sounds like a breakfast I would make OFTEN :) My dog loves table food which is so bad, but my hubby likes to feed her under the table…silly silly

    1. Ugh guys! My dogs sit under the table at my dad’s feet, because they know they have the best chance of getting something from him!

  8. Harry and Daxter get to eat people noms all the time. But it’s not always bad for them – they love apples, carrots, celery, and spinach! I’m afraid their faves will always be when we’re eating pizza though… they always know that they’ve got some crusts coming their way. :)

  9. haha its AMAZING the things you come up with!

  10. Jennifer JCD says:

    Oooh, yummy! We love your baked oatmeal recipes.

    Haha, our cats think they are people too. Duke used to be a stray and he’s very clever at stealing people food. Last night he stole mango skins from the sink (and I had to chase him around the hosue to get it back) and the night before he stole tortilla crisps right out of my husband’s hand (he was holding them for himself, not feeding the cat). Ah yes, the joys of furry family members. They always keep us entertained, right?

    1. Yes! Last night, Henry came running in with an empty box in his mouth. Then he proceeded to run around the table while we tried to get it from him!

  11. ps my dog LOVES bananas as well. and peanut butter haha. I should ask whether he’s team chunky or smooth 😉

  12. Megan says:

    I have been reading your blog for awhile now, but I found this post amusing because my dog LOVES carrots! She doesn’t get much “people food”, but carrots are a must for her!

    1. LOL I hate raw carrots… don’t know what dogs see in them! 😉

  13. sarah says:

    my cat loves green olives more than anything, but i’ve also caught him eating peanut butter off of the lid and he once ripped through a bag to get at a french baguette

  14. Damjana says:

    Our dog eats nothing but people food. Leftovers. Our cats the same, never cat’s food. It’s funny that our cats eat lettuce (if it’s coated with oil, the better), sour turnip, gherkins, to name a few not so cat-like foods ;). Well our dog eats dog biscuits but only because I call them so – it happened that I made a batch of rock-hard biscuits and I didn’t risk to break my teeth, so he’s lucky to have something hard to bite. So it’s a reward for him to get a “dog biscuit”.
    Weird that once I noticed that cats don’t drink store-bought milk. Too many chemicals inside I’d guess.

  15. Our cats dot care for people food at all, besides tuna fish. However, lately obe of our kitties gas been begging fir people food. He likes potato chips! LOL he only eats one bite to feel special, though.

  16. Omggggg! Typos galore in that comment! iPad autofill is so embarrassing! Sorry.

    1. I admire that you even TRY to write comments on an ipad! I get frustrated trying to type in a single website url! Touch screens and I don’t get along lol.

  17. Tine says:

    I really have to try your baked oatmeals one day!
    They look delish!

  18. We don’t feed our cats table food and since Luke has tummy trouble so I’m afraid he would have problems with it. The oatcake looks delicious!

  19. I CAN READ YOUR MIND. I had this yesterday for my Special Monday Breakfast!! Well, not EXACTLY, but I combined this with your Cookie Dough version, and it was AMAZING!! You are SUCH a genius Katie! 😀

    My dog literally eats ANYTHING. He loves salad actually! And I am stealing Henry he is SO cute!! 😉

    1. Aww we were twins again! But mine didn’t have chocolate. Major #fail on my part!

  20. Melissa says:

    My rats get “people food” a lot. Fruits, veg, cooked grains, organic baby food, treats meant for babies (Happy Baby Puffs, Munching Blocks) etc. I feel more comfortable giving them foods intended for human infants as their treats rather than filler and junk filled “pet treats”. They do get some dog biscuits, though. Cloud Star makes very clean little biscuits that are just nice, whole food ingredients. They also like the sweet potato rawhides that are just dehydrated sweet potatoes, flax and vitamin E.

    They eat a grain mix that’s a mix of cereals with some pasta. This month it’s Kashi 7 grain puffs and flakes and some organic quinoa pasta. They get a vegan staple critter kibble, too, but they are healthier with fresh food included. I usually have a bit of banana left after I measure mine out for my morning oats – so they get the ‘nanner as a brekkie treat. When I make pancakes there is always a tiny bit of batter left so I make each one of them a tiny rat sized pancake! They are so cute and about quarter sized. The rats LOVE them and it’s adorable to see them all sitting around holding these pancakes as big as their heads. ;D

    And Daniel’s been getting his meds in almond butter or coconut butter, lately, too.

    My Mollycat LOVE non-dairy milk, nooch(!) and popcorn. Also tofurkey and other mock meats! Hah. I don’t give her the Tofurk, etc. any more, though, as they have garlic and onion and neither are good for cats. I’ve even seen her eat one of the ratties’ vegan kibbles off the floor multiple times. I used to foster cats for years and we had a lot of kids eating weird stuff. One foster chewed open a bag of bread, took a bite out of EVERY slice and then left it. Jerk.

    1. I wonder if Molly and Henry would like coconut butter… I wonder if it’s good for dogs. Poor dogs, can’t have chocolate!

  21. Jaime says:

    My dog Wilbur adores carrots, apples and popcorn. I don’t give him popcorn very often btu apple and carrots are a pretty regular treat!

  22. I don’t have any pets, but if I did I’d definitely spoil them with leftovers– i hate wasting food!

  23. This looks delicious Katie — Averie has a great recipe too for something similar — I love easy recipes!

    I don’t have pets, but my mother-in-law’s pets all eat people food from time to time. They love it!

  24. Yum! I am definitely going to try this with almond butter or peanut butter in place of the coconut butter!

  25. I know a guy who feeds his dog baby carrots…

    (I think it’s a good thing I don’t have pets)

  26. Debra says:

    It looks amazing! My dog eats people food- especially salads!
    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

  27. Lisa says:

    thats so funny that your dog likes bananas- the only thing, besiides watermelon, my dog will NOT eat is bananas! everytime i give her a slice, forgetting, and then she licks and spits it out. lol its too funny!

  28. Still need to try this oatmeal bake. I know you said it’s just as filling as a creamy bowl of oats, but I don’t know Katie…however, you’ve never let me down in the past. I think I want to make your Irish soda bread version. Craving raisins these days.

    1. LOL yes it’s surprisingly-filling… like an oatmeal brick? But much more appetizing than that sounds. I especially love the raisin one with 2T coconut butter added… but then again, is there anything that’s NOT better with coconut butter? :)

  29. Suzanne says:

    My dog loves apples and watermelon. My mom also cooks her fresh chicken and beef.

  30. Astrid says:

    the closest my cat ever gets to “real food” is tuna fish. She LOVES it!

  31. Veronica says:

    Loooove banana boatmeal! I followed a recipe that called for agave nectar as a sweetener and had toasted walnuts on top. It was so good! I would totally add chocolate chips–great idea! So I was wondering if you had any thoughts about what to feed dogs. Do yours eat normal dog food even though you’re vegan? I have a friend that went vegetarian and then found some veg dog food and decided to put her dog on that and it seems to be working for her. But I admit, turning a dog vegetarian or vegan concerns me since, unlike us, they are actually meant to eat meat only. That’s what wild dogs do, except for the occasional grass craving, apparently. LOL! Anyway, I know you’re not a vet, but I was just wondering if you’d ever thought about that.

    1. Melissa says:

      Dogs, unlike cats, aren’t obligate carnivores and do quite well on vegan diets. In fact, the kibble I feed my domestic rats (rodents) is a vegan dog kibble that is intended for dogs with allergies to all meat/animal protein. I guess allergic reactions to some/all animal proteins are somewhat common in dogs.

      My cats eat grain-free, absolutely not vegan food (it’s just riskier with cats and they ARE obligate carnivores… I don’t like it but there you go) but my ratties are happy little vegans. Rats are scrappy omnivores like us so they do very well sans animal protein – I’ve actually had very few tumors partially due to their diet, I believe.

      Animals like cats, ferrets, hedgehogs, snakes that are obligate carnivores/insectivores really do need meat based foods. Dogs, rats, etc. can do veg or vegan in a healthy way relatively easily.

    2. Hey Veronica!
      My dogs actually aren’t even vegetarians, because my parents are the ones who buy their food and feed them. I have to admit that I haven’t done much research into veganism for dogs. But when I get out on my own and have a dog (and I most definitely will), I’ll look into it more.
      Melissa’s comment was great! I know some dogs that are vegans (blog-friends’ dogs), and are perfectly healthy. But cats… yeah, even vegans usually feed their cats meat. Humans have no canine teeth (which is further evidence that we started out as herbivores, not omnivores… but that’s a whole other debate lol). But cats and some other animals (snakes, etc) DO have canine teeth and are supposed to eat other animals. Dogs have canine teeth too, so I agree with you that they’re probably naturally supposed to eat meat. But I think they seem to be ok even if they don’t… then again, I really don’t know lol!

      1. Veronica says:

        Thank you and Melissa both for your answers! Mel, you made me feel better about my friend’s veg dog. :) Thanks for satisfying my curiosity Katie. I’m sure it goes with the celeb territory (you know you’re famous!), having everyone butt into your business. hehehe! I suspect that before the flood, we were herbivores and ate no meat because after the flood, God said we could eat animals and to me, I don’t think He would have said that if they were already eating meat. Just something I’ve thought about from time to time. I just wonder, if that is true, why he changed His mind? Perhaps eating flesh was symbollic of something–like our sinful nature. I have no idea! It’s something I’m interested in researching further in the future.

        1. LOL I have absolutely no problemo with people butting into my life! …maybe because I like to butt into everyone else’s as well? 😉

  32. Henry and I have got a lot in common.. brown hair and love for bananas… my kinda dog!!! YES my dog eats lots of human food- but lemme tell yea.. he sure aint a vegan.. my parents always give him all their meat.. BLECH.. one day ill have a vegan dog- WOO!

    i LOVE SINGLE serve things.. so easy and convenient!!! have a LOVELY DAY! :)

    1. Oh no, my dogs aren’t vegans either… I think they’d eat ME if I tasted good. Thank goodness, I guess I don’t, since they leave me alone! (Except Henry likes to lick me. Hmmm…)

  33. Brandi says:

    Yum! I must try that banana boatmeal it sounds delicious!

    I love your dog he’s so cute! I tend to feed my dog people food, but only if it’s like crust of a pizza or if something drops on the floor(that dog’s can eat! of course). The crazy thing is when i’ll be making sweet potato fries a large chunk will fall on the flour and my youngest dog will actually eat it…raw sweet potato…I still wonder why she’ll eat it and not spit it out.

  34. That looks so good! Banana oatmeal is my favorite! My dog eats carrots and apples!

  35. Love brown, ripe bananas!! The riper, the better. :) This looks delish! And your dog is realllly cute. I want a puppy….

  36. I just had baked banana oatmeal for my post workout treat this morning, although it didn’t have that lovely bar form – just scoops of mush in a to-go container. :)

    My doggie eats carrots and dehyrated sweet potatoes. He’s allergic to anything grain, so veggies it is!

  37. Thanks for posting my breakfast for tomorrow. :) Looks SO good and I have 1, very ripe banana in need of a home. In mah belly.

  38. Hannah says:

    I shoulda had this for breakfast today…I had banana oat though. There is always tomorrow right?

    1. Haha or have another breakfast today. Breakfast at 9PM? Hmmmm… hey, why not? 😉

  39. Your boatmeal recipes just look better and better. I have yet to try one, because I’m always so famished in the morning that I can’t stand to wait 20ish minutes for the damn thing to cook in the oven, but one of these days I’ll get around to cooking one…and it will be glorious :)

  40. We feed my sister’s dog people food SO much, he is so spoiled!

  41. Great job on the baked oatmeal and I think most dogs eat tons of people food! I think that between their begging and their owners who just can’t say no..most doggies have a full complement of human food. :) Good, bad, or otherwise…it’s life!

  42. Yayy, I love recipes for single servings! This is great because I adore baked oatmeal, but don’t want to eat it for the rest of the week!

  43. Happy would eat anything she could get her face on. But the people food she *does* actually eat (because we let her) are carrots… she LOVES THEM!!

  44. I don’t have any pets, but when I was growing up our dog would eat ANY food that fell on the floor immediately. It was like having a live vacuum. Now that I think of it, that would be great with a toddler in the house who is constantly leaving a ton of crumbs under her chair. Hmmmm….maybe we need a dog?!

    1. Hahaha my mom always thought we were such clean eaters until we moved to Japan and had to leave our dog with my grandma!

  45. I always give my dog pizza crust or bites of bread. Oh, and he LOVES potato chips more than life. I can’t get him to eat carrots, but he does love apples.

  46. After having made the boatmeal I definitely have to try these! Btw your doggie is adorable!

  47. Gen says:

    My cat looves peanuts! 😀
    That boatmeal looks yummy! Can’t wait to try it out!

  48. Disturbed says:

    Lol, you can just look at my dog and tell he eats plenty of human food 😛

  49. I miss banana bread. Must make this!

    My cat probably wouldn’t eat people food unless it was fish anyway, so she sticks to her cat food. My mom feeds my dog off of plates though which is kind of annoying to me. It’s not a big deal, but he’s gotten into the habit of begging because of it..oh well! As long as he’s not breathing on my food I guess it’s no big deal. 😛

  50. Amanda says:

    OMG your recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!! Also, my dog eats basically anything, but seems to put her life on the line for cheese pretty often. My cat is pickier unless it is tomato sauce, ice cream, or wine :]

  51. My dogs love celery, apples and TONS of peanut butter. Like mama like dog :)

  52. Jen says:

    Since I’ve become so obsessed with boatmeal lately, I should definitely try some of the other flavors to mix things up. I’ve been making the standard one with raisins every time. I’m still not sick of it though! But banana and chocolate are definitely on the to-do list.

  53. Katara says:

    My dog loves spicy tofu! Or tofu of any kind actually, but spicy in particular! Thanks for the recipe Katie!

  54. oats are slowly making their way back into my world and i am loving it. the texture is divine!!

  55. Ash says:

    Katie, your posts always make me smile. <3
    Your enthusiasm is so much fun to read.

    Makes me wish I knew you in person!!!

    (I need to make these boatmeals sometime soon! I just haven't been craving oats these days..maybe it's because the season is changing? All I can think about is fruits!)

    1. Aww Ash, your comment made ME smile!!
      You know what I was thinking about today? Honeydew! Ripe honeydews are finally starting to show up in stores again! Yay :).

  56. BroccoliHut says:

    My Chester LOVES peanut butter. I love watching him lick out the remnants from the jar. I can just hear him saying, “I wish had opposable thumbs!”
    My sister’s Boxers love marshmallows…not that I approve of their eating them!

  57. I have been loving boatmeal soo much lately! Its such a great way to mix it up at breakfast time and till get some yummy oats in!

    My pup loves people food but her faves are: carrots, apples, peanut butter, and tuna (not all together of course lol)! She will literally come running from anywhere in the house if she hears me cutting up carrots!

  58. Tara says:

    Yummm! I would love to try layering the rest of the banana in the baked oatmeal. I hate just using part of a banana!

  59. Jess says:

    lovely; i had the cake batter pizzert 2x already (once as the cake for strawberry shortcake, and again today, only with overripe banana and some superfood

    my dog will eat most things, except french fries and vegan cheese

    1. Haha my dogs actually like vegan cheese! I just had to try it once, since they used to love real cheese (before we stopped feeding them table scraps).

  60. Emma says:

    This looks awesome! Definitely making it

  61. I don’t have pets but my fiance’s cats loooooove it when I cook him korean food or something! probably b/c it’s strong and stinky! but in a yummy way i promise! :) and we eat lots of fish

  62. Sadie says:

    I tried this yesterday and today actually! Today I added a little bit of butter extract and coconut shavings and it added a BLAST of flavor! Great idea with the baked oats though! I’ve been eating them like granola bars! :)

    1. Aw I’m so excited you tried it!

  63. Kelli says:

    Yay, a Lent-friendly recipe! I just can’t quit your blog, even when I torture myself with visions of chocolate (darn you 40 days and 40 nights). This looks delicious; I’m definitely putting this one in the “try-really-really-soon” recipe cards 😉

    1. LOL I did the “no chocolate for Lent” thing! It was hard!!

      1. Kelli says:

        Haha, it’s definitely harder than I thought it would be!

  64. whitney says:

    I want this asap.


  65. I LOVE banana bread boatmeal! I made it for my mom’s birthday last year.

    The only human food I give my dog is the occasional apple core. Or I will fill his bone up with peanut butter 😉 His favorite! I guess it isn’t just us humans who like the stuff!

  66. WoW! That looks so good. There are so many of your recipes that I want to try but not enough hours or meal times in the day!

    1. LOL I always feel like that too! I wake up, thinking: “I want pancakes… but I also want oatmeal… but I also want a smoothie in a bowl…” We need more meals in the day!!!

  67. Angie says:

    Great idea! it looks kind of like a “breakfast bake” that the edible perspective (ashley) makes!

  68. Katie, you’re a star! I share your passion for bananas. Can’t wait to try this!

  69. Girl, you have no idea how many of your recipes are in my Favorite’s Folder! And now I am adding another one! 😉


    1. Awww someday soon I am going to have to try one of yours too! Perhaps some of your vegan date cake???

  70. You have seriously got me craving this boatmeal at 10 PM!! Yum!

    My cat, Tiger, LOVES yogurt…I usually let him lick the container/bowl when I’m done eating! And weeks ago, I dropped a bit of coconut butter on the floor and he licked it right up and then looked at me like, “where’s the rest?” haha!

    1. Hahahahahaha my dog Molly did the same thing when I spilled coconut oil! I think she licked the floor for an hour!

  71. Kat says:

    This was amazing! I just finished licking my bowl, and adding some dark chocolate chips, just made my day feel complete!

    I really love these for 1 portion sizes there great, since im always left with way too much food then I can eat. Big Thumbs up!

    1. Aww Kat, I’m so honored and excited you tried it!! :)

  72. Maddie says:

    Omgosh! My dog loves carrots too! Especially the carrot peels! I can’t peel a carrot without an audience. Even if Sunny is downstairs, the second I start peeling it, he’s scrambling up the stairs to beg. 😛

    1. Haha yes! I do not understand how Henry knows it’s a carrot peeler… he hears it from other rooms. It’s like they have a 6th sense. Carrot sense!

  73. Michaela says:

    I just realized but this recipe is a DOUBLE boatmeal
    Because banana + oatmeal= boatmeal
    And baked+oatmeal= boatmeal
    TaDaaa double boatmeal!!!!

  74. Kaycee says:

    Question- what kind of oats do you use for boatmeal?

    1. I use Quaker rolled oats (not quick oats). But any rolled oats will work! :)

  75. Asiya says:

    Hey Katie.
    Can you tell what T means? I really want to try your recipes but can’t figur out what T is

    1. Hi Asiya,
      A T is a tablespoon :)

  76. Megan says:

    I’m eating this as we speak! I’ve tried your other boatmeal recipes and they were great, but I think this is my favorite! I used almond milk and added cinnamon and it tastes delicious! After baking, I “iced” it with peanut butter (which got all melty because the cake was still warm. Yum!) and topped it with some more sliced bananas and cinnamon! It was so pretty that I took a picture :p Keep up the good work!

    1. I’m so excited you like it! I think the banana one is my favorite too :).

  77. Beth says:

    I really want to try your boatmeal, but I’m living in a dorm (woot college!) and don’t have an oven. I do, however, have a microwave. Do you have any recipes up your sleeves that only necessitate a microwave beside your basic oatmeal? Thanks!

    1. Do you mean oatmeal recipes, or recipes in general? I have a TON of recipes that can be made in the microwave (or that don’t require cooking). As for oatmeal, I’ve never tried the boatmeal in the microwave, but it *might* work.

  78. Maegan says:

    MMM! I am going to make two “mini boats” in smaller ramekins and sandwich them with natural peanut butter (rather than adding to the mix) and maybe some extra banana slices- wish I had some chocolate chips in my pantry! :) Sounds delicous! Can’t wait to bake these- thanks!

    1. That sounds awesome! I think Elvis would approve too ;).

  79. Katie says:

    I need this in my life! I love, love, LOVE all of your baking for one recipes! It’s making my single-lady life much easier. :)

  80. Marion says:

    I’ve made this two days in a row… Chocolate chip boatmeal (with dutch cocoa…) and now Banana… I’ve licked the mixing bowl both times. :)

    1. I am so happy to hear that!!! :)

  81. Erin from Long Island says:

    I am ALWAYS looking for new ideas for my bananas, i buy a bunch on sale and they turn too fast for me to eat them all! Do you think this would work in a larger pan if I scaled it up but still kept it thin? There is no way 2T of banana will make a dent in my ripe pile!

    1. Oh girl, I wish you could send me some of those bananas! I constantly find myself wanting to make something–my chocolate fudge, a milkshake, banana bread, etc–that calls for an overripe banana… and I have to wait days and days for them to ripen!

      To answer your question, I don’t see why your idea wouldn’t work. You might have to cook it longer, though. In any case, it’s a really great idea! (Also, if you can’t use bananas before they go bad, a good thing to do is to peel them and then freeze them for later. Thawed frozen bananas will work in almost any recipe that calls for an overripe banana.)

      1. Erin from Long Island says:

        hahahaha, that’s why I buy a huge bunch whenever they are on sale! then I can give presents to all my friends (the guys love it!) and freeze individual portions for myself =) I do freeze them occasionally, but my freezer is the size of a shoe box, and i need that space for icecream 😉

        1. LOL too funny! I’m glad you have your priorities straight. Ice cream should come above all else… except chocolate, of course ;).

  82. Jess says:

    Just made this but with unsweetened applesause in place of the coconut butter, added vanilla extract and 1T dark chocolate chips… Then baked them in heart-shaped silicon cupcake moulds :)
    Freakin’ delicious.. They were soooo yumm!

    I live in Australia and my dog LOVES Vegemite sandwiches 😛

    1. Awww so cute! I wonder if my dog would like vegemite… he loves anything salty, so I am betting he would! I should try it!

  83. Jaime says:

    Katie- all of your boatmeal recipes are amazing!!! Quick question- how do you prepare the night before? Combine everything and refrigerate/cook in the morning or cook at night/store over night? Thanks!!

    1. Hey Jaime!

      I often cook it the night before and then put it in the fridge (not completely covered, or it’d get mushy). Then you can re-heat in the morning (maybe in a toaster oven?)… but I am weird and like it cold!

  84. Natasha says:

    Wow. You are amazing! I have tried a couple of your recipes, and they are sooooo good!!! I can’t wait to try this…now I just gotta wait for my bananas to turn brown!! I do not have a dog at the moment…but my two cats LOVE people food…even broccoli. I do not like for them to eat people food bc I know it’s not very good for them…but with a four year old in the house, it’s very easy for them to find treats :p

  85. Lydia Wente says:

    We just moved and have zero baking dishes. And out of necessity comes creativity right? So I made these in the toaster oven & poured it onto a baking sheet & cut them into square cookies. They turned out amazing. Still 15 mins at 400 & then up to 450 for 5.

    Used a lower glycemic fruit: pears (instead of bananas). Apples would be great, but pears are cheaper this week. I made “pear sauce” by steaming pear slices in the microwave in a magic bullet cup & then giving them a whirl in said Magic Bullet. Literally took 2 mins.

    Left out sweetener & oil. Pears did the trick, and I also added some peanut butter. I find that anything that needs to be sweeter gets delicious with a bit of pb.

    And can I say CCK that I love you? I am always making sugar & flour substitutions, and your recipes are amazing & delicious “as is.” You make this world an even better place 😉

  86. Gina says:

    Favorite CCK recipe ever!
    Makes my life a bit more exciting by combining the boring stuff I usually eat – banana, oatmeal, milk, walnuts – into BREAD. A pretty one, too! I always sprinkle a bit of cocoa powder on top to make it even more special. Then I take tons of picture the moment it comes out of the oven.
    This thing is real. Someday I’ll quadruple this recipe and make a whole Banana Oatmeal Cake. Seriously, I wish someone baked me this for my birthday.

  87. chocoholic says:

    new to cooking

    Does T stand for tablespoon?! sorry :$

    1. yes! No worries. I’m trying to remember to write out tablespoon from now on. You’re not the only one to ask!

  88. Baked oatmeal has become my new favorite thing! Also, Henry is absolutely adorable! This is going to sound crazy, but the other day I was in the pet store and they had all natural PB&J dog treats, and they happen to be 100% vegan! I usually don’t let Buddy share my food, but… maybe he’d let me have a taste if I get these for him!

  89. Mallory says:

    Oh my goodness! This stuff is so addictingly delicious! I’ve had it 3 times in the last two weeks twice for breakfast on a weekend and once for dinner on a weeknight! I added chocolate chips and it was even more indulging! Sooo yummy, way to go Katie!

  90. LaNita says:

    super yummy!! Added strawberries and it was quite possibly the best flavored oatmeal I’ve had…and I have been eating it my whole life! Must try!! :)

  91. Alanna says:

    Oh wow. I’ve made the cookie dough and cinnamon roll boatmeals and loved them, and today I made this and the Irish soda boatmeal. The Irish soda was yummy for sure (especially with the raisins!), but the banana is outta this world!! I was surprised this still called for sugar since the banana replaces the sugar in your regular oatmeal recipes, but I used 1 T just in case and it was marvelous. (Also used 3 T water and 1 T Canola oil.) I didn’t have any fresh bananas, but I have loads of frozen ripe ones so I used one of those and melted it down. I think I could eat this every day and not get tired of it. :)

  92. Colleen says:

    Wow, this will probably me my new favorite breakfast! I mixed it up and put it in the fridge the night before, then stuck it in my toaster oven to bake while I took a shower and got ready for work. My house smelled AMAZING, and it kept me full until lunch time. I can’t wait to try the other flavors too!

  93. Stephanie M says:

    I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this recipe is, perfect post workout snack. You’re awesome! :)

  94. Allison Petro says:

    just tried this recipe . . . genius! Thanks Katie, it was awesome!

  95. Dee says:

    could I sub steel cut oats in to this recipe?

  96. Hailey R says:

    Hey Katie!

    Just finished making this banana boatmeal, and it was AMAZING!!!! I used an extra tbs of banana instead of the oil, but also added 1/2 tsp cinnamon and topped it with melted peanut butter. YUMMMMMM 😀 Thanks sooo much for the recipe!

    Anyway, YES. I swear, my animals are definitely not normal. Both of my dogs LOVE veggies and we often feed them the extra broccoli stalks. Also our little kitty used to love bread a while ago. We had to hide the bread in the cabinet to keep it away from her haha. She now has a strange obsession with peppermint chewing gum though…

  97. Aleix Lyon says:

    If you cooked one of these “boatmeals” the night before, and then heated it in the microwave the next morning, do you think it would be good? I looooove those oatmeal to go things, but they’re so bad for you and high in sugar. Do you think it would stay good overnight and then reheated?

    1. Yes, definitely :)

      You can even freeze them and then thaw another day.

  98. I made these last night – i was craving something delicious but we had no fun ingredients, these were perfect because i always have oats and a banana that is hanging dearly close to the edge! I made ’rounds’ in a large muffin tin and also used rice bran oil instead of coconut and i added some LSA. If i were to make them again i’d chuck in a bit of extra sweetener and maybe some cinnamon or something to spice them up a little.
    I loev that so many of your recipes can be altered depending on what we have in our cupboards – makes me so much more likely to try them!

  99. harriet says:

    omg i cant wait totr this recipe!! looks amaazinngg!! im going to try adding prunes, raisins or dates, instead of sugar :) i love cooking with oats

  100. Teresa says:

    OMG!! I made this for breakfast this morning, it rocked!! My new fav way to eat oatmeal! All I did was use brown sugar, added cinnamon and walnuts. SOOOO good. Have you tried making this the night before and then baking in the am? I didn’t…but I would prefer to do that, except I like my oats kinda crunchy, not super soft…..

  101. Mindy says:

    We have a Henry and Molly too! Hey, I was curious if these baked banana bread oatmeal things can be frozen and thawed/re-heated, as needed. I’d like to make a larger batch since these are so yummy, but just didn’t know if they store well. THANKS!

    1. Awww :) :)

      Yes, it defrosts well!

    2. Alanna says:

      Absolutely! I often make 4-8 of these over the weekend and freeze so I can pull them out each morning for breakfast during the week. :)

      1. Mindy says:

        Thanks for the info! Making more of these tonight! Also, our Henry and Molly think they are people, as well. Every now and then I walk into the dining room and Molly is sitting upright in one of our dining room chairs. As if that is where we need to serve her her dinner. I find myself screaming “You’re a DOG” at least 3 times a day.

  102. Julia says:

    Today I made banana boatmeal! It was delicious! Can’t wait to make it again! And I love your blog!!! You are awesome! 😉

  103. Maike (from Germany ;)) says:

    Good Morning sweet Katie!

    I just tried your Baked Oatmeal recipe. Unfortunately it turned out a bit hard (?) and really bread-like … i doubled the recipe to get more out of it. Can you tell me what i possibly did wrong? I added so much water until the mass became sticky and smooth … could it be too less? Otherwise i was afraid to make it nearly liquid …

    Wish you a great Saturday and btw thanks a lot for lighten up almost every of my days with your cute blog! Greets from Germany!

    1. Thanks, Maike :)
      Unfortunately, I’ve never doubled the recipe. Sometimes you can’t just double a recipe because the proportions don’t work that way for some odd reason. Maybe that’s the case with this recipe.

    2. Alanna says:

      I’ve successfully doubled the recipe, but I still baked in two mini loaf pans and cooked the same time as suggested above. It should be more dry and loaf-like after baking than when you microwave, though… Not hard, but you should be able to pick it up and have it stay in one piece. Maybe your oven is just stronger and you need to bake a bit less time? And just in case, it’s 380 degrees Fahrenheit, not Celsius. :)

      1. Maike (from Germany ;)) says:

        Fahrenheit … yeah … that was the point. Thanks Alanna, for putting my brain in the right position – after your comment, i actually tried it again and – what a surprise – it turned out to be awesome. Big Hug from far away ;D

        1. Alanna says:

          Hehe happy to help… that definitely explains why it came out hard the first time! :)

  104. Ali says:

    This is great! I’m trying to bake this now but my boatmeal is falling apart :( The oats stay in little clumps and wont stick together should I add liquids? I’m going to bake it soon but I’m going to try again if it doesn’t come out right, thanks :)

    1. Don’t add any extra liquid aside from what’s in the recipe. Yes, it shouldn’t stick together before being baked… so I think you’re still on the right track. Hopefully it turned out well!

  105. Kate C says:

    Hi Katie!
    I started my new blog a few days ago. It has a grand total of…..2 posts!! Haha :p but the first recipe I featured was this one! I gave full credit to you of course, and linked to the recipe on here rather than reposting it on my blog like it says to do in the faq’s. Hope this is ok! If you want me to take it down at all though just let me know :) xx

    1. Oh no, don’t take it down. I’m honored and love it! Have fun with your new blog!! :)

  106. Anonymous says:

    If I multiplied the recipe by 6, would I multiply the amount of salt by six as well?

  107. Robin says:

    My cat obviously wants to be vegan. She likes raw tofu, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, and frozen peas (she bats them around the floor until they thaw enough to eat aka hunting). Then again, she has a serious weakness for canned tuna, and likes to lick the butter off your toast if you aren’t looking.

    We used to have a cat with a serious sweet tooth, too! He once licked all the cream filling out of my mom’s eclair when she got up to answer the phone.

  108. Sophie says:

    If I wanted to make this recipe into something with more servings (like a bar), would I just multiply all of the ingredients by however many more servings I want? I love the single serving recipes most of the time, but with school starting soon, I’m looking for some easy breakfast recipes to make at the beginning of the week, freeze, and then just reheat every morning. Thanks so much!

  109. Cindy Kreider says:

    I eat this almost EVERY morning waiting for my students to arrive….they all want to know what smells so good!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this with peanut butter chips mixed in it!!! Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes :)

  110. Sydney says:

    It’s absolutely delicious!

  111. Kristi says:

    I just made the Banana Bread Boatmeal. Very yummy. I added 2 tsp of sugar to mine which was perfect, not too sweet.

  112. Joan says:

    I made this but added a scoop of Vanilla Protein powder and made 2 bars. It works out to 22 g of Protein for one. Because I have had RNY I can’t even finish one of them. They are awesome! Thanks so much for the recipe

  113. Jillian says:

    Katie, I just got finished eating this…
    WOW. It tasted EXACTLY (and smelled) like banana bread! I subbed the coconut oil for some Torani sugar-free syrup, and ohmygosh. new breakfast favorite 😀 your recipes never fail me!

  114. Mary says:

    YUM! I added flax seed and wheat germ for added nutrition, and baked them in a cupcake tin.

    Great new way to use up old bananas and eat oatmeal! I get tired of the same old oatmeal every morning so thank you for the many variations on your site :)

  115. Lini says:

    This recipe changed my life…
    Well, at least it changed the way I look at breakfast.

    I just made this and it was DELICIOUS. I topped it off with your homemade chocolate frosting recipe. This is just way too good. I can’t believe how healthy the ingredients are!

    Keep posting, I love your blog.

  116. Christine says:

    Just made this but used coconut oil for the first time! Made the mistake of adding it after I added cold milk and it made it clumpy. I had to remove it and melt it in micro than add it back! Can’t wait to have it tomorrow for breakfast!

  117. My pets are terrible for eating human food, the cats tend to get into the cupboards and on the table, and eat whatever they can get (we have 4, well we have 5 but one seems to live somewhere else and eat there most the time) 2 of our dogs eat some though 1 of our 3 dogs can’t eat human food cause he has loads of allergies, he even has to have special dog food, not that that stops him from nicking food.

    this looks delicious found your site yesterday, and have been thinking yum at all your recipes, thinking of making this now

  118. Michele says:

    As I type I have the banana boatmeal ramekins in the oven. I added chopped medjool dates and pumpkin pie spice. They smell DEE-VINE :)

    I’m totally addicted to your site! Thank you, thank you!

  119. I have a stack of bananas going brown and this is deinitely getting made.
    My dog loved carrots and cheese, and when she was recovering from an operation she had some scrambled egg. She also had a corner of Mum’s toast every morning.
    It’s lucky I walked her properly every day!

  120. Lily says:

    I made this for breakfast this morning, and it was divine! I topped it with your better than peanut butter peanut butter. So good! 😀

  121. Leana says:

    This is my favorite recipe of yours. The other day, my aunt made me zucchini bread and it was so good (but unhealthy) so the next day I decided to make zucchini bread baked oatmeal inspired by this recipe. It was amazing, you must try it 😉

  122. Ariel says:

    I just made this recipe and it was delicious!! I will be making baked oatmeal from now on as a breakfast food and dessert! It’s so easy to modify based on what it’s for- sweetness, additional mixings! I threw in some chopped pecans and raisins and used 1 Tbsp Maply Syrup for the sweetener.
    Thanks for the recipe :)

  123. Katharina says:

    I found your Blog a couple of weeks ago and have been trying out recipe after recipe and I think this is the BEST one I’ve tried so far! I added some crushed walnuts, cinnamon and a little vanilla and topped it off with peanut butter and more banana! And the peanut butter actually melted when I spread it on top! It was so delicious and looked so amazing that I even took a picture of it :D! I also love your chocolate chip cookie dough but this one tops them all! And it was super filling as well!!! Keep up the good work! I love your blog and spend way too much time scrolling through all the recipes!;)

  124. Salpy says:

    This looks great! Just a thought: for each recipe, could you provide proportions for a single-serving and an entire batch? Sometimes I just want to make one, and sometimes I want to make enough for the whole family. I love your recipes. Keep it up!

  125. Kristen says:

    I’ve got two brown bananas… think I could double the recipe and it would work fine?

    1. I don’t see why not, but I haven’t tried.

  126. Cheri Grothoff says:

    So do you have a recipe for this that will make a larger amount?

  127. Le'Ann says:

    Wow! I doubled this recipe, added pecans and mini chocolate chips. My husband and I both loved it. This recipe is a keeper for us!

  128. Anna says:

    I made this tonight for dessert, and oh my gosh it is delicious! I added cinnamon (my favorite) to the mix. I will definitely be making this more!

  129. Jane Greenwood says:

    Ive made the banana bread boat meal today and it was absolutely delicious! I added the peanut butter but next time I’m going to add some crunchy nuts too. I had it for my dinner. I felt very naughty and satisfied eating this, it was plenty sweet enough with no sweetner. It was that good I feel guilty although really it is 100% healthy. I am going to make every single recipe of yours Katie until I’ve completed the lot, one a weekend :-) thank you for such fab ideas, I find it a great help as I’m dairy, wheat and sugar free, thanks xx

  130. Katie, I simply adore this recipe! In fact, I blogged about it here:

    Thanks for continuing to incorporate chocolate, the world’s most important ingredient, into healthy recipes!

  131. Hello darling

    Okay, I am in a food-coma! hehe

    I have been dying to find a single-serving oatmeal recipe because my hubs doesn’t like oatmeal (or bananas – yeah, he is KOOKOO) 😉

    Thank you so much for this healthy and DELICIOUS recipe! #HUGSS


  132. Allison says:

    Is there anyway to make this in the microwave!? I’m in college and my dorm doesn’t have an oven but this just looks AMAZING! Help! I ❤️

  133. Andriana says:

    I wasn’t paying attention and read the recipe wrong. I added two mashed bananas instead of two tbsp of mashed banana. Came out amazing. This version made four good size muffins at 127 calories each. Thanks for the great recipe!

  134. celina says:

    just remade this recipe for the umpteenth time and absolutely love it =) youve rocke dmy breakfast world. ps i love your book too!

  135. Katie says:

    I love this!!! Oatmeal is one of my favorite foods… you are my hero for making this recipe!
    And my dog Maddie loves carrots too! They are her favorite “people food”… and the one she gets most often =)

  136. Jan says:

    Made the Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal last weekend. I omitted the frosting, baked in the ramekins and popped them out of the baking dish and added fresh strawberries. Loved it, and so did hubby! Great recipes.