Have you ever eaten warm banana?
Think pie… bananas foster… breads.
When you bake a banana it becomes a gooey, caramel-y treat. You don’t even need to use sugar. Like in these muffins.
I’m not one to take the time to make a baked oatmeal in the morning, but I love having it for breakfast. Especially as it gets colder outside! Bake it in advance and you have a delicious instant breakfast, portioned out perfectly. That’s the idea behind these.
I’ve done this before as Raspberry Banana Baked Oatmeal and as Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal. This round I wanted something reminiscent of bananas foster. I remembered a technique I used to make a Banana Rum Raisin Banana Bread long ago.
So what’s strange about these? You actually bake the bananas whole, in the skin. They come out of the oven 10 minutes later black as night and oozing. Remove the peel and you have a perfectly caramelized treat.
From there I used a mix of flavorings, protein, and oats to bulk it up. Oh, and did I mention avocado? I’ve done it before in baked goods like these cookies and this cake to replace butter or oil. You can’t taste it and it’s a terrific way to get more healthy fats in.
They come out dense, like baked oatmeal rather than muffins, which is why I call them bites.
They are gluten-fee if you use gluten-free oats. You can even make them vegan with a flax egg (1T flax meal + 3 T water).
Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites
- 3 ripe bananas, skin on
- 1 /4 C egg whites (or flax egg)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp maple extract
- 1/2 avocado, mashed
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Growing Naturals Rice Protein)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 C rolled oats
- 1/4 C chopped pecans
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Place bananas on a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment and bake for 10 mins, until the skins are black and they have just started to seep. Remove and allow to cool completely. Go do your laundry or whatever – you want them cool so you don’t scramble your egg whites in the next step.
Prepare muffin tins with cupcake liners, or grease with cooking spray.
With a hand mixer or blender, blend together bananas and egg whites, and extracts. Add avocado, protein powder egg, and extracts. Blend just until smooth. Fold in oats and nuts.
Pour batter evenly into tins. Bake 20-25 mins, or until golden and slightly firm to the touch.
Enjoy a few fresh, and allow the remaining to cool completely before placing in a freezer bag for storage. For a quick breakfast, remove muffin from the freezer and microwave ~30 seconds (until warmed through).
Notes: Don’t worry if you don’t have maple extract; you can also use maple syrup or leave out altogether. You can omit the avocado… but it really is good!
Makes 12 “bites.”
Approximate nutritionals (for 1): 119 calories, 3.6g fat, 15.7g sodium, 17.7g carbohydrates, 2.9g fiber, 3.7g sugar, 4.9g protein
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These also freeze really well – I’ve been eating them for weeks!
Have you ever baked a banana whole?
What’s your favorite oatmeal flavor add?