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Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

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!

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Published on March 22, 2011

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! says

    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. 🙂

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

    • 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.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      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!

      • 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.

  12. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    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! 🙂

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Sabine @ thefruitpursuit says

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

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