This gluten-free vanilla banana protein superfood baked oatmeal recipe post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. Thanks for supporting our sponsors.
Before we get to the food, let’s talk about the weekend! It was a good one over here, mixed with a little bit of fun and a little bit of work. Dave and I hosted our first dinner party, which was a great time, and I’ll share more pictures and stories from it later this week. In addition to that, I taught barre, my cousin came to visit Brady for the first time, and we did all the usual weekend things! That was it, so let’s talk breakfast, because I’m in the mood for food. (But really, when am I not?)
Vanilla banana protein superfood baked oatmeal recipe (gluten-free)
When it comes to cooking or baking, my idea of a good recipe is one that has minimal ingredients. I don’t like to spend too much time in the kitchen, and for some reason, I feel like every additional ingredient makes a dish seem more time-consuming, complicated and difficult. As we’ve discussed many times before, I’m more of an assembler, rather than a master chef. That’s why you will probably be amazed to see how many ingredients are in today’s recipe. And let me tell you, it was intentional.
I stood in my pantry and thought, wouldn’t it be cool if I could put together all of my favorite, healthy, nutrient-filled items and baked them into one super-powerful and delicious breakfast so I could get them all in one shot? So I did.
And well, it didn’t work on the first try. But on the second try with some tweaks, it worked. Like really worked. I’m so excited to share this amazing breakfast recipe with you, and I hope you will try it and make it your own. It goes without saying — but I’ll say it — you can eat this warm or cold, have it for breakfast, lunch or even a snack. Versatility is key! Not to mention, it’s a make-ahead-meal-prepper’s dream, so get it done on Sunday and reap the benefits all week long. Right?
The stars of the show, of course, are the Bob’s Red Mill products. I’ve been a big fan of Bob’s Red Mill for a long time, and you can even check out this super creamiest warm oatmeal bowl I was eating all winter long, featuring Bob’s Red Mill organic gluten-free rolled oats — a dish good enough to make me cook my oats instead of eating them cold like I had for many years. Well, those same gluten-free oats are in this dish for sure. And so are a few more Bob’s Red Mill items and other ingredients I always have on hand.
There’s just something about these oats … they are so thick and hearty and far superior to other oats on the market.
In addition to the oats, we’ve got the Bob’s Red Mill vanilla protein powder nutritional booster with chia and probiotics, which is gluten-free, vegan and sweetened with monk fruit.
Then there’s the Bob’s Red Mill hulled hemp seed hearts, which are non-GMO, also gluten-free and high in protein and have valuable omega-3s and are most definitely part of the “superfood” element to this breakfast dish.
Next up, we have the double-acting baking powder, which has no aluminum and is smooth as can be. And the premium sea salt, because every good recipe calls for a little salt, and I like to use sea salt rather than regular table salt no matter what I’m eating.
From my pantry, I also added in cacao nibs, because these powerhouses have tons of antioxidants and fiber and also fit into the “superfood” category (and if you’re not familiar, they are basically super dark chocolate and very good for you).
So as you can see, this dish is already packing a punch, and that doesn’t even include the healthy fats from the coconut oil and almond butter, and the protein from the eggs too. At this point, it was sort’ve like I’ve already added this much to my vanilla banana protein superfood baked oatmeal, should I go on? And I did. hehehhe (And Dave thinks the name is long and ridiculous, but I feel like it’s perfectly descriptive. Do you side with him or me?)
So here’s everything you need …
- Protein powder
- Almond butter (or peanut butter)
- Coconut milk (or almond milk)
- Baking powder
- Sea salt
- Cacao nibs
- Vanilla extract
- Hemp seeds
- Coconut oil
- Maple syrup
And yes, it’s a lot, but you could probably swap out the hemp seeds for chia seeds or pumpkin seeds, use whatever type of nut butter you like, as well as whatever milk you like. I use the canned organic coconut milk from Trader Joe’s because it’s nice and thick, by the way. I also use pasture-raised eggs, which is always my preference.
All you have to do is mix it all together, pop it into a greased baking pan (I used an 8 x 8 coated in coconut oil spray), and throw it in the oven. Voila! You’ve got breakfast for the whole week, or less, if you’re like me and go for a double serving each time.
Side note: This recipe is tested, approved and enjoyed by Dave as well, so you know it’s not strange, because he doesn’t go for that.
It’s thick. It’s got the right texture. It’s not too sweet. It’s not too tart. It’s just … exactly what you’d want to eat for the first meal of the day.
You can bet I’ll be having this for breakfast all week, warmed up and topped with some extra nut butter and another banana. Because I can’t start my day without either of those things, so why bother trying.
Toppings and variations
Although I’ll probably always go with nut butter and banana, you can top the finished product with Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, blueberries, or even jam, you name it. You do you.
I’m much more of a fan of looking at the ingredients of food rather than their calories or macros, because I don’t track. However, you could easily throw this vanilla banana protein superfood baked oatmeal into MyFitnessPal to get the exact details. What I can tell you is that there is protein, there is fat and there are carbs. 🙂 But it’s all the good stuff!
Hope you have a great day, my friends! Let me know if you try it!
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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by employee-owned Bob’s Red Mill. I received complimentary product and compensation, but all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the companies that support A Lady Goes West.
P.S. Friends! Are you still going strong in our hydration challenge? We’re into week two, and I hope you feel great! I sure do! Sticking to my goal was hardest over the weekend, but I did it! Drink up!
Questions of the day
What’s your favorite make-ahead breakfast?
How was your weekend?
What would you top your baked oatmeal with?