Chai Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

November 26, 2014

Chai Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal | Faring Well | #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

Happy Thanksgiving Eve folks! I’m staring out our third story apartment window watching things that were on the ground now floating upwards and swirling outside my window before taking off into the hidden abyss of the stormy sky. Okay, I’m talking about leaves and dirt and twigs, not our neighbors car or the dumpster down the alley. Sheesh. But it’s weather, and I love it. I’ve never felt a wind like a Colorado wind. Nor have I woken up to sunny blue skies that lead to an intense hour and a half of snow and hail that same afternoon like I have the past two days (So. Freaking. Cool.). The only other location I have been in that seemed to similarly possess a unique, unpredictable weather system all to itself was Yellowstone. Where in 48 hours we experienced sunny 70 degrees, pouring rain, snow flurries, dark churning skies, and cloud systems that could move in and out of an area within minutes. Hiking in shorts with ponchos, and roasting s’mores at lightning speed to beat the 7pm downpour we could see rolling into our campsite. Yellowstone is my favorite place in the world. Which is probably why I love Denver so intensely.

Chai Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal | Faring Well | #vegan #glutenfree #recipeChai Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal | Faring Well | #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

Whether you’re stuck indoors due to a raging storm, or looking for something simple you can throw in the oven and please the rugrats with this weekend – this dish is for you. It’s simple, healthy, warming, and full of every flavor I can imagine wanting to stuff in my mouth in the AM after a cup or two of liquid life (ahem, coffee). Within minutes this baked oatmeal is in the oven and you can move onto other more pressing matters that fill your morning. (Yes, brewing coffee is one. Another is trying to deduce why people are so chatty when they wake up. There is no need to speak. You’ve been sleeping the past 8 hours since I’ve seen you, there is nothing new to report.)

2 cups almond milk
2 chai tea bags
1/2 cup banana puree
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups rolled oats

Nutty Crunchy Topping
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pecans
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Dash of cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 375F. Bring the almond milk to a boil in a small saucepan on the stove. Remove from the heat and steep two bags of your favorite chai tea in the hot milk for at least 5 minutes. Combine the chai almond milk with the rest of the oatmeal ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Transfer to an 8×8 baking dish (or 8inch cast-iron like mine) that has been lightly greased with coconut oil. Mix the nutty crunchy topping ingredients together (roughly chopping the pecans and walnuts beforehand) and spread evenly on top of the oatmeal mixture. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for a few (like 5?) before scooping into bowls and serving up for breakfast. Maybe drizzle a little maple syrup on top if you’re having one of those treat-yo-self mornings. Happy breakfast!

Serves 4-5


  • Reply valentina - sweet kabocha November 26, 2014 at 7:44 am

    omg, this breakfast seems perfect for winter mornings – and lunches and dinners, I have a sweet tooth :D
    Ps : I love your bowl *___*

    • Reply Faring Well November 26, 2014 at 7:51 am

      It truly is, and it isn’t too sweet – definitely would not feel guilty about eating this throughout the day! And thank you <3 its my favorite little bowl as of the moment. Thanks for your sweet comment!

  • Reply Lisa Smith November 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Homegirl, this looks (and I can almost taste) AMAZING. I’m throwing this in the oven tomorrow for everyone. Should be a pleaser.

    • Reply Faring Well November 26, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Yay! Thank you! Hope you guys all enjoy it <3

  • Reply Caitlin November 26, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Denver sounds so magical. I want to visit! I wonder what the winter will be like, still unpredictable? Really cold or moderate? I can’t wait to read all about it!
    And banana bread oatmeal sounds so comforting and perfect. I love that there is no added sugar. I already knew this, but you’re my kinda gal.;)

    • Reply Faring Well November 26, 2014 at 9:51 am

      It so is, I absolutely love it! People say the winters are mild here, yet unpredictable as well, so I’m really stoked for beautiful days followed by unexpected storms! You’re so sweet, I can’t wait to experience it for the first time and share about it too! And thank you about the oatmeal, its crazy how easy it is to get around using processed sugar in most recipes. It only means we can eat more, and more often, BIG FAN. Happy early Thanksgiving girl!!

  • Reply Heather Mason November 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    mmm, this looks delicious! I love oatmeal and chai tea!

  • Reply Lei Richter September 13, 2016 at 11:57 am

    looking forward to trying this recipe! Thanks!

    • Reply Faring Well September 13, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Yay! So glad you are. Enjoy it tons Lei! xx

  • Reply Taylor September 20, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    What do you think the time conversion would be if I substituted steel cut oats for the rolled oats?

  • Reply Alicia December 16, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Where are the chia seeds added?? I don’t see them mentioned

  • Reply Alicia December 16, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Oops I read chai as chia! Ha ha

  • Reply Agness of Run Agness Run October 16, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Yum! This would be my perfect breakfast dish! My day will start just perfectly with this nutrient-dense recipe. Can I also add some other nuts?

  • Reply Lisa December 8, 2017 at 5:05 am

    I made this for Thanksgiving breakfast. It was truly amazing. Today is a cold day in Western PA, I’m waiting patiently for this great recipe to finish baking. Thanks for sharing 💜

    • Reply Faring Well December 8, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Oh this makes me so happy to hear! Thank you for writing me Lisa, I hope you had a warm and nourishing morning today, stay warm over there <3.

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