Banana Bread Breakfast Bake

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I woke up this morning craving banana bread.  I think mini casserole dishes are a kitchen essential for this very reason – why make a complicated loaf of banana bread when I make make a fast and easy single serving?


My goal for this breakfast was to make something sweet and tasty without adding extra sugar (I think I’m over sugar – at least temporarily – after the great Christmas cookie extravaganza of 2010).  This dish totally hit the mark.  I love the flavors the corn muffin mix adds to the dish, too.


Please ignore the giant chip on my dish.  Guess it’s time to go shopping!


Banana Bread Breakfast Bake


Ingredients (for a single serving):


  • 1 banana
  • 1/8 cup raw oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pancake mix
  • 1/4 cup corn muffin mix (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 egg white




  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Grease mini casserole dish.
  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients except 1/2 the banana.


  • Use a spoon or fork to mash up the 1/2 banana in the mix.
  • Pour mix into casserole dish and slice rest of the banana on top.


  • Bake for 24 minutes or until firm.
  • Let stand for a few minutes and serve.


Instant banana bread!



My plans for today include cleaning the house, exercising, and getting a ton of work done – I’m so behind because of the holidays.


I’m also going to go on my first (short) run in my Vibrams barefoot ‘shoes’!  I’m super excited to explore barefoot running.  Stay tuned!



  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 2, 2011, 10:41 am

    I’m trying to eat more savoury breakfasts myself so that I don’t end up craving sweet all day. Sometimes it’s nice to cut back the sweetness a bit in the AM

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 2, 2011, 10:41 am

    Looks delicious! I will have to try this really soon!!! I have all the ingredients except the corn muffin mix!

    Can’t wait to hear about your run in your Vibrams!

    Have a great day! 🙂

  • Blog is the New Black January 2, 2011, 10:41 am

    This looks like an awesome recipe. I love breakfasts with ‘naners! 😉

  • Lauren @ Clean Eats in the Dirty South January 2, 2011, 10:42 am

    i <3 banana bread….i must try making this ASAP 😀

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 2, 2011, 10:42 am

    Can’t wait to hear how the shoes do! My friend got some for concerts/festivals and he loves loves loves them. I think I’ve posted this before but oh well 🙂

    I have plates/bowls with chips in them too. Just shows character, hehe

  • Val @ Balancing Val January 2, 2011, 10:45 am

    Back to the grind huh?

    I swear I’m going to cry tonight. Vacation from school and work is ended and these next 2 months are so cold, dark and depressing!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet January 2, 2011, 10:46 am

    I can’t wait to hear about your Vibrams running. My husband has been wanting to try them so that he can run without hurting his knees.

  • Sarah January 2, 2011, 10:48 am

    I kind of wish i didnt JUST finish breakfast so i could make this, it looks delicious!! I guess ill have to save it for another day or ill just have it for lunch 🙂

  • Shelby January 2, 2011, 10:49 am

    Please give updates on the Vibrams! I did my first run in them (3 miles) and I could barely walk the next day. They felt so good (while running) that I didn’t want to stop!

  • Chris January 2, 2011, 10:51 am

    I am making this tomorrow morning post run! It looks so amazing

  • Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) January 2, 2011, 10:51 am

    That is an amazing breakfast creation! It will definitely find a home in my recipe book!

  • Emily January 2, 2011, 10:54 am

    This looks sooo good Caitlin! Such a healthy way to enjoy a comforting treat 🙂 Enjoy your day, mine looks like it’s going to be much the same.

  • Susan January 2, 2011, 10:54 am

    Wow this looks delicious!

  • Kath January 2, 2011, 10:55 am

    I was just thinking when I woke up starving this morning how I would never have the patience for a baked breakfast! Looks delicious though!

  • Allison January 2, 2011, 10:57 am

    Oh my gosh, I am so over cookies too after the thousands consumed during the holidays! I am very excited about NOT eating cookies, haha.

  • Lana January 2, 2011, 10:58 am

    Love love love this recipe. I made a variation of this once, but didn’t use the pancake mix. I just used oatmeal and it was lacking that bread consistency. I must try it with the pancake mix!

    Enjoy your day!

  • Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) January 2, 2011, 10:59 am

    I can’t wait to hear how running in those are!

  • Christina January 2, 2011, 11:00 am

    this recipe looks awesome! And let us know how the vibrams workout for ya 🙂

  • Gabby (Quest for Delicious) January 2, 2011, 11:02 am

    Brilliant idea for individual banana bread!

    My brother and sister-in-law have vibrams and totally love them! I’m sure you will too. (:

  • Erica January 2, 2011, 11:03 am

    Happy New Year! What a fabulous little breakfast! I actually plan on making banana muffins later on this week. My plans for the day are very similar! I already dusted, cleaned the bathrooms and went to the gym. Now its time for work & football. Enjoy your day

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe January 2, 2011, 11:03 am

    What a great recipe, I’ll definitely give it a shot some morning!

  • Bria January 2, 2011, 11:03 am

    Mmmm great idea Caitlin! Looks like a delish breakfast.

  • Stephanie January 2, 2011, 11:07 am

    Can’t wait to hear how the vibrams worked. When I bought my last pair of running shoes the salesman seemed very uninterested in talking about the benefits of the vibrams. I’ll be interested to see how you like them!

  • Maria January 2, 2011, 11:09 am

    Definitely let us know how the Vibrams run goes!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 2, 2011, 11:10 am

    Ohhhh I can’t wait to hear your review of the Vibrams! 🙂

  • Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) January 2, 2011, 11:12 am

    hubbbaaaaa this looks great!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) January 2, 2011, 11:15 am

    That banana bread looks yummy! And I’m with you–I’m totally over sugar for the moment too!

  • Food & Other Things January 2, 2011, 11:17 am

    I can’t wait to try out this recipe…I’ll have to invest in a mini casserole dish!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 2, 2011, 11:27 am

    Ooohh, this looks fantastic!!! Quick question- a mini casserole dish is different from regular sized ramekins, right?

    • Caitlin January 2, 2011, 11:33 am

      This is about 2.5 inches deep and 4 – 5 inches wide.

  • Little Bookworm January 2, 2011, 11:30 am

    Love the mini banana bread recipe! Hope the run goes well!

  • Haleigh January 2, 2011, 11:33 am

    What a unique breakfast idea! I am most definitely over sugar after the holidays (hopefully?).. haha

  • Baking 'n' Books January 2, 2011, 11:40 am

    I love this idea. I need a mini-dish though. What can you sub the pancake mix for I wonder? More corn mix maybe? Or probably any type of flour?

    I slept in so late today and am behind already! Oh well, I’ll just do what I can 🙂

    • Caitlin January 2, 2011, 11:43 am

      If you were to do flour, I would do half whole wheat and half white and add in baking soda/powder.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 2, 2011, 11:43 am

    Have fun on the run! I want to know what those shoes are like! I do a baked banana oatmeal and top it with protein fudge to make it extra special! I love baked oats with banana. I bet the corn meal was really good in that mixture. It looks delicious! Have a great day Caitlin!

  • Emilie January 2, 2011, 11:45 am

    I love the idea of the vibrams…but what do you think about running with them in cold weather? Up here in Canada my feet freeze while running in wool socks!

    • Caitlin January 2, 2011, 11:47 am

      I bought socks for them, I’ll let you know how it goes.

  • monicanelsonfitness January 2, 2011, 11:52 am

    I love you for this recipe! I just need to add a lil chocolate chips to mine and it will be perfect!

  • Mary Allison January 2, 2011, 11:55 am

    Love this recipe! EASY and BEAUTIFUL!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 2, 2011, 12:00 pm

    I love the idea of single serving banana bread! Thanks for the recipe.
    Have fun on your Vibram run! You’ll love them 🙂 I have a pair and I never want to take them off.

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith January 2, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I think I’m over the holidays. My sleep schedule is so out of whack, I feel like all I’ve done is eat, I’ve probably spent more time at my parent’s house than mine and last night I just cried. 🙂

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life January 2, 2011, 12:08 pm

    I can’t wait to hear about your barefoot running!

  • Laurel January 2, 2011, 12:11 pm

    There is nothing better than single servings. I don’t trust myself around a full pan of banana bread. Thank you!!!

  • Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) January 2, 2011, 12:12 pm

    I just found your blog, and I love it! That banana bake looks amazing! I wake up a lot of mornings with a banana bread craving, and I think I just found a way to satisfy it 😉 .

  • Stacey January 2, 2011, 12:16 pm

    Mmmm looks good! I can’t wait to hear about your experience with barefoot running, I always think it would be uncomfortable not having much padding in a shoe.

  • Jessi @ Quirky Cookery January 2, 2011, 12:25 pm

    Chips in dishes like that add character!

    Well, that and they add cuts to your skin when you’re not as careful as you should be. Been there, done that when I didn’t want to part with my favorite dish. On second thought, you’re right; it’s time to go shopping. 😛

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 2, 2011, 12:31 pm

    Aw I think the chip in your dish gives it character! I like the idea of single-serving sweetness. Sometimes you want something sugary… but the leftovers of the yumminess can be a bit much. Freezers don’t always work at keeping my paws off the goods. Ha!

  • kristi (sweet cheeks) January 2, 2011, 12:41 pm

    I saved this recipe and will be making it soon!! Sounds perfect. Thanks!

  • Natalia - a side of simple January 2, 2011, 12:41 pm

    I think it’s safe to say that your breakfast recipes are some of my very favorites! And by the way, I think the chip in the bowl adds character 😉

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit January 2, 2011, 12:42 pm

    Brilliant- that looks so delicious! Can’t wait to hear about the Vibrams. I’m interested in getting a pair.

  • Kristina @ spabettie January 2, 2011, 12:43 pm

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of the Vibrams!! I started running barefoot (actual Bare Feet!) 😀 in high school, and I still love it. My track coaches back then thought I was crazy, but I was faster on the track, and they eventually started calling me Flash. 😉

    anyway, have a great run!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 2, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Do go shopping today. Target has tons of cute dishes on clearance this morning. Things are kind of picked over, which I’m sure is the case in most stores, but there are some little gems to be found.

  • Amber K January 2, 2011, 12:57 pm

    I love how you say instant banana bread after saying to bake it for 24 minutes and to wait a few minutes for it to cool down. Oh, if I could have your patience! 😉

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 2, 2011, 1:12 pm

    I love the addition to cornmeal to this! That would be so good 🙂

  • salah@myhealthiestlifestyle January 2, 2011, 1:14 pm

    this looks awesome girl!!! I will definitely have to try it!

  • Maryann January 2, 2011, 1:17 pm

    Im excited to read about your vibrams experience! Have a great day 🙂

  • Katherine: Unemployed January 2, 2011, 1:35 pm

    my parents have a set of bowls that all have chips in them; it makes the house seem a bit cozier and no pressure if you drop one 🙂

  • Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side January 2, 2011, 1:55 pm

    oh my WORD i want that in my belly! the only ingredient i lack is corn bread mix… shall i experiment with a different sort of flour? i think i just might 😉

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 2, 2011, 4:13 pm

    Yum!!! Thanks for spraking the banana bread crave once again. 🙂 Now if I can manage to let some bananas actually ripen to the right level before eating them…

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous January 2, 2011, 5:24 pm

    What a creative breakfast! Sounds delish! I’m cutting back on sugar too. I’m having a hard time kicking the Diet Coke habit, but I’ve gone 5 weeks without Sweet n Low in my coffee, which is a MAJOR accomplishment for me! Baby steps..

  • Ali January 2, 2011, 5:34 pm

    I think you deserve a lot of credit for the creativity and variation in the one- or two-person meals that appear on this blog – I always get great (and simple) new meal ideas from you ….many thanks!

    • Caitlin January 2, 2011, 5:34 pm

      Thank you! Single servings rule.

  • Mabelle@ Dance, Love, Dine January 2, 2011, 7:44 pm

    Loving the banana bread recipe. Thanks for sharing! I also did some cleaning today. Feeling good about being productive the first sunday of the year. Starting with the right foot 😉

  • Amalfi Girl January 2, 2011, 11:55 pm

    This looks so delicious, I can’t wait to try it! Must. Buy. Bananas!!

  • Danielle January 3, 2011, 9:58 am

    Hi Caitlin!

    I wanted to ask you about your knee sleeves. I got the same pair and they worked great at first but I’ve been having issues with them scrunching up on runs. I was between sizes so I wonder if I needed a smaller size. I was wondering if you experienced this at all?


    • Caitlin January 3, 2011, 10:46 am

      They do start to do that to me when they get old and stretchy. Try a size smaller! 🙂

  • Jolene ( January 3, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Great creation Caitlin!!!! I am wishing you a productive day 🙂

  • Kelly ( January 3, 2011, 7:06 pm

    What a great idea! Thanks!

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