Baked Banana-Pecan Oatmeal

by Erin

This banana-pecan oatmeal is made with steel-cut oats the day before and then baked to golden perfection the next morning.

Baked Banana-Pecan Oatmeal.

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While at the self-check out line at Kroger over the weekend, the attendant came up to me and asked in a fascinated voice, “How did you get your hair that color?” I get this question quite often (although not so many with such amazed looks on their faces), so I proceeded to say how I have to bleach my dark brown hair first in order for the purple to show up in my bangs.

Apparently this answer was insufficient to her, because she still looked very confused upon asking, “But what did you dye your hair with?” My response – “Purple hair dye”. Disbelieving me she said “They make that color?”, and I secretly rolled my eyes while thinking “obviously” but instead politely said, “Yes, you can get hair dye in any color you can think of”. This shocked her, which I found amusing but it was sufficient to fulfill her curiosity as she asked no more questions.

Serving of Baked Banana-Pecan Oatmeal in a Bowl.

On that note, I’m going to be really bummed when I finally dye my bangs back to brown. Over the years, I have received compliments from a wide variety of age, ethnicity, and gender about how much they like my hair. But my favorite is when little girls point and say to their moms, “Her hair is pretty!”

Just like the bangs on top of my head, this oatmeal has a sassy top – a caramelized top, not purple. And as far as baked oatmeal goes, this one retains the most moisture compared to others I have tried. Although, it is likely due to the fact that it’s mostly prepared on the stovetop and then just broiled in the oven. But who is complaining with a bowl of creamy oatmeal and caramelization?

Baked Banana-Pecan Oatmeal

Post updated 12/14/2022, photo above is the original.

Baked Banana-Pecan Oatmeal.


Yield: 4 servings Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1-1/2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 firm-ripe bananas, sliced 1/4-inch thick on diagonal
  • 1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar


  1. In a medium pot, bring 4-1/2 cups water to a boil. Stir in oats and salt and cook 1 minute. Let cool, cover, and refrigerate overnight*.
  2. Bring oatmeal to a simmer over medium-high. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes*. Stir in milk and vanilla. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate.
  3. Heat broiler, with rack 4 inches from heat. Top oatmeal with bananas, pecans, and brown sugar and broil until bananas are caramelized, 3-4 minutes. Serve immediately.


* If you don't want to wait, cook oats for 20 minutes and then proceed with remaining steps.

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Source: Everyday Food, December 2012

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Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook February 27, 2013 - 5:16 pm

I got so many compliments from complete strangers when I had those bright purple streaks in my hair last year. There must be something about purple hair that makes strangers flock to you haha. I really love the caramelized topping on this oatmeal. It makes it feel like dessert!

Veronica February 27, 2013 - 2:56 am

Seriously I really want to see your bangs now! Do you have a picture of yourself anywhere? Love your oatmeal too, a sassy top is so fetching. :)

spiffycookie February 27, 2013 - 9:41 am

My picture on Twitter, you can see my bangs

Veronica February 27, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Duh I remembered the while at work today–took me a while to connect your Twitter picture with you for some reason. LOL! You can tell how often I get on Twitter. I only saw it b/c you alerted me on there about the giveaway I won (I got the 50 shades of bacon book monday-thank you!).

Tracey February 26, 2013 - 10:58 pm

I <3 your purple bangs…but you already know that :)

spiffycookie February 27, 2013 - 9:42 am

Hehe I know you do ;-). And so do I! But I don’t think an employer would.

Brittany from Counting My Cupcakes February 26, 2013 - 1:53 pm

I have never thought about broiling oatmeal before – this is a great idea!! I am completely in love with oats in all forms and eat oatmeal with sliced banana just about every morning (plus a variety of other mix ins depending on what I’m feeling that day). Can’t wait to try this method.

Mr. & Mrs. P February 26, 2013 - 11:44 am

Never though of baking oatmeal before.. looks great.. Will try it out.

Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection February 26, 2013 - 8:44 am

Why would you ever dye your bangs back to brown?! I say keep the sassy-ness going. :) And this is an awesome idea to make oatmeal, sprinkle brown sugar on top, and broil it! I usually add brown sugar to my oatmeal, but I always just stir it in. Broiling it to get a caramel topping sounds amazing.

spiffycookie February 26, 2013 - 9:00 am

I should dye them back because I will soon be graduating with my PhD in Microbiology and need to get a real-world job. They might not appreciate the purple awesomeness.


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