Healthy baked oatmeal that tastes just like a PB & J sandwich! Two layers of peanut butter baked oatmeal nestled between jam, baked to the perfect crisp. Enjoy as a healthy breakfast, snack or dessert treat!
This is a recipe that I really hope you make. Especially for anyone who is not in favor of oatmeal. Whether it be steel cut oats, rolled oats, instant oats or just oats in general! But you must try these steel cut oats baked in delicious peanut butter with zero (YES, ZERO!) added sugars!!! Unlike traditional pre-packaged store-bought instant oatmeal, which have way too much sugar. But their convenience is so handy, right? So kinda hard to pass up, which I understand. But now you have this recipe or this delicious creamy instant oatmeal recipe with bananas and pecans!
I swear, I have way too many oatmeal recipes on this blog. I use oats for everything! Pureed into flour for muffins, cookies and pastries or tossed lightly into a ketchup sweetened meat loaf (that will soon be shared too), and especially into healthy baked oatmeal recipes like this!
You'll want to see why this healthy baked oatmeal recipe is too good to pass up! So here we go…
Oats lower cholesterol.
Oats are high in fiber meaning they fill you up longer.
Oats have lots of iron.
Oats give our bodies healthier energy.
Oats are… healthy carbohydrates!!!! And boy do I love carbohydrates! Way too much. They somehow have this “happiness effect”. Along with lots of sustainable energy. Unlike sugar and white flour energy that gives bodies a sugar spike that plummets and then another hunger spike comes along. When that hunger spikes suddenly it causes us to overeat.
Usually I love oats in the morning to fuel my body before a workout. Oats provide sustainable energy and since high in fiber they fill the body for hours. Consuming oats with fruit is a double whammy since fresh fruit has tons of fiber too.
That pretty much sums up my morning routine… but lets recap.
The boys and I wake. I incoherently (like a zombie) head toward the coffee maker to hit start. Then feed them like a mad woman hoping to get them happy and out of their immediate HANGRY stage. I feed them this healthy oatmeal bake or no bake healthy breakfast bars. This healthy peanut butter and jelly oatmeal bake is like a crumble or casserole dish. Jelly is sandwiched in between. It is so easy to whip up!
But steel cut oats are different story than instant oats or rolled oats. Steel cut are the truest version of oats. The best in flavor. I really don't prefer them in oatmeal as they take a while to make and are harder on the pallet. But they are perfect for these healthy baked oatmeal recipe! Using steel cut oats is the key ingredient to have the best oatmeal bake. It absorbs some of the oils from natural peanut butter making it a soft delicious healthy treat. I would use nothing other than steel cut oats for this recipe, especially since to give it a slightly crunchy texture.
We seriously go through all foods like this (baked goods with oats) within a day! That is only four of us. So I cannot imagine a family of 4, 5, 6, or 7! I would have to make batches of this healthy oatmeal bake non-stop! For all you parents with larger families- You Go MOM!!!! Or you go DAD!!!
PB & J sammies are a favorite. So I hope you try out this delicious Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal Bake. No added sugars, just pure ingredients. Eat it as bars or crumple over delicious non-fat Greek yogurt topped with fresh bananas, strawberries and blueberries!
Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal (Low Sugar)
- Preheat oven 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine steel cut oats, gluten free flour mix,baking soda and salt. In a smaller bowl combine coconut oil, peanut butter, STEVIA. Add your wet mixture to the dry mixture and combine well.
- Set a third of the mixture aside for topping. Press remaining mixture onto the bottom of a prepared 8-inch square baking dish. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 350 until the crust is raised and set.
- Remove from oven and spread strawberry or blueberry fruit jam (or conserve) evenly to coat. Sprinkle almond slivers on top of jam evenly to coat.
- Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture; press lightly to coat with fingers or the back of a spoon. Bake 15 minutes until slightly brown. Cool before cutting.
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