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Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bake

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal ... Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal ...
Six months ago I purchased my first cast-iron skillet. Of all my kitchen tools, there are only three that I consider must-haves: a KitchenAid standing mixer, an Instant Pot pressure cooker, and a cast iron skillet. Since I only have to cook for myself, I picked up mini cast iron skillets the other day to make single serving desserts and egg bakes. Today, I broke in the mini skillet with a peanut butter and banana oatmeal bake. The texture was light and fluffy which made it seem like I was eating an oatmeal cake for breakfast. The bonus is that it's healthy. Highly recommended!

Recipe for a 5-inch mini skillet:

  • 40g (one serving) rolled oats

  • 1 egg

  • 1 over-ripe banana (about 90g to 100g)

  • 1.5 to 2 TB of peanut butter

  • 1 to 2 TB water or milk

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

  • pinch of salt

  • butter for greasing the skillet


  1. Set the oven to 300 degrees

  2. Add the egg, vanilla, water, half the banana, and 1 or more tablespoon of peanut butter together in a bowl. Blend together with an immersion blender, hand mixer, or whisk.

  3. Combine the oatmeal, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder in a separate bowl.

  4. Once both wet and dry materials are prepared, pour the dry oatmeal mix into the wet egg and banana-peanut butter mix and stir to combine.

  5. Melt some butter in the mini skillet and swirl it around to help prevent the oatmeal from sticking during baking.

  6. Pour the oatmeal mix into the mini skillet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

  7. Top with remaining banana and peanut butter and serve warm.
#taylorcooks #oatmeal #skillet #breakfast #peanutbutter #banana

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Chocolate Proats

Proats is the name given to o... Proats is the name given to oatmeal mixed with protein powder.
Chocolate always sounds good. Protein powder is a supplement and should not replace every meal, but it helps balance nutrition and flavor here. Fruit and chocolate is a classic pairing while oats provide fiber. They're dense and will keep you feeling full until lunch time. From a flavor standpoint these proats would benefit from added cocoa powder and/or sugar, but that's my only criticism.

Adding protein powder to morning oats makes hitting daily protein goals a breeze. Although supplementing nutrition is not as complete or healthy as eating whole foods, the convenience of a shelf-stable and candy-flavored supplement makes it a solid choice when you're on a tight budget or schedule.

Nutrition Info:
Protein: 34g
Fat: 8g
Carbs: 64g
Fiber: 11g
Sugar: 15g

Calories: 450
Almond cashew milk, 1 cup: 25 kcal
Fruit blend, 140g*: 70 kcal
Chocolate-flavored 100% Whey powder, 32g: 130 kcal
Steel-cut oats, 60g*: 225 kcal

* Raw or dry weight
#taylorcooks #proats #oatmeal #protein #proteinpowder #optimumnutrition

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Peaches are here! They turne... Peaches are here! They turned breakfast into a summer treat this morning.
Oatmeal is a staple in my cupboard because of its ease and versatility. On hot summer days I leave oatmeal in the fridge for a refreshing lunch. Or, like this morning, I cook oatmeal on the stove and add a dollop of yogurt and fruit for a comforting breakfast. Other uses include homemade granola bars, protein bars, and cookies.

I treat oatmeal like stir-frys or casseroles and toss whatever I have on hand into the mix. My favorite toppings for hot oatmeal are bananas, blueberries, peaches, cinnamon, peanut butter, almond butter, and chocolate. My favorite toppings for cold oatmeal are greek yogurt, fresh fruit, honey, almonds, cinnamon, cold-brewed coffee, and chia seeds. I pick and choose from the above lists depending on my mood and nutrition goals for the day.

Oatmeal lets me be a lazy cook. It's healthy. It's quick. It tastes good. The only way it could be better is, I dunno, if it made me money and cleaned my house (it provides me with energy to do those things, at least!).

Today's oatmeal breakfast nutrition info:
Protein: 15g
Fat: 5g
Carbs: 58g
Fiber: 7g
Sugar: 23g

Calories: 314
Almond cashew milk, 1 cup: 25 kcal
Plain Greek yogurt, 56g: 35 kcal
Steel cut oats, 40g dry: 150 kcal
Peaches, 267g (half used for oatmeal, half eaten fresh): 104 kcal
Cinnamon to taste: 0–3 kcal
#taylorcooks #oatmeal #peaches #summer

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