We’re home!  We’re home!  Our vacation was a blast, but I have to say that sleeping in my own bed last night was pretty sweet.


Plus, I missed the pups.  I think they missed us, too!



Guess who is visiting?  Mom!  Knowing my mom would be at our house made the transition from vacation to regular life a little easier.  Plus, today is her BIRTHDAY!  I haven’t been able to spend time with my mom on her birthday since I was 18 and living at home, so this is particularly sweet.


In honor of my mom’s birthday, I made her a special breakfast.


Baked Banana Oatmeal Casserole


Ingredients (for four servings):


  • 3/4 cup pancake mix
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 2 bananas, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1.5 cups of almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • Drizzle of maple syrup (a must!)




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease 9 by 9 inch casserole dish.
  • Mix all ingredients except maple syrup.
  • Pour mix into casserole dish.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until center is firm.
  • Slice into quarters.
  • Drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy!


The maple syrup really adds something to this dish, so don’t skip it (I hadn’t drizzled it on until after photographs were taken).  It really does taste like a bowl of oats / pancake / pie all rolled into on.


We have a fun day of birthday activities planned – I better get moving!



  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices May 21, 2011, 9:24 am

    Sleeping in your own bed after a vacation really is a great feeling! Happy Birthday to your mom!

  • Freya May 21, 2011, 9:31 am

    Your own bed is probably the sole best thing about coming home 🙂
    Happy birthday to you mum!

  • Lisa Fine May 21, 2011, 9:32 am

    Glad you had a great trip, and welcome home.

    Happy birthday to your mom – have a fun day today! Looking forward to hearing about your day later on. [And that casserole looks delicious – such a good idea.]

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 21, 2011, 9:36 am

    Happy Birthday to your Mom!

    I agree, that as much fun as it is to travel, there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed!

  • Jazmine May 21, 2011, 9:44 am

    Happy Birthday to your mom! I am trying those oat casseroles tomorrow!

  • Khushboo May 21, 2011, 9:46 am

    Now that’s a breakfast I wanna wake up to on my birthday! Happy birthday Mama HTP, from one to Gemini to another 🙂

  • Beth@naturallyoursbeth May 21, 2011, 9:53 am

    This looks seriously ammmmazzzzing! Happy Birthday to your mommy 🙂

  • Sam May 21, 2011, 9:58 am

    yum! Glad you enjoyed your vacation 🙂 I really want to make this, mmm.

  • Natalia - a side of simple May 21, 2011, 10:08 am

    Aw, happy birthday HTPM! Glad you’re getting to spend some time with her, especially right after vacation! I’m sure it makes the “vacation high transition to the work day blues” a bit better 🙂

  • Ariffa May 21, 2011, 10:17 am

    really!? a whole half cup of baking soda???
    well it looks delicious, enjoy the times with your mama =))

    • Amber K May 21, 2011, 11:08 am

      That’s what I was wondering. That seems like a lot! I still haven’t been able to find a baked oatmeal recipe that I like though, because they all turn out waaaaaaay too mushy/watery for me. I need it THICK like a cookie 🙂

      • Baking 'n' Books May 21, 2011, 4:04 pm

        I like it thick too. Try using less liquid or a yogurt instead of (as much) milk. Adding some nut butter helps too 🙂

  • Katherine: Unemployed May 21, 2011, 11:04 am

    casserole? SO southern 😉

  • Julie @ Shining From Within May 21, 2011, 11:06 am

    wooo hoo Happy Birthday HTPM! that looks like a breakfast for mom champions right there 😉

  • Ashley @ the fit academic May 21, 2011, 11:06 am

    Awww, have fun! Happy Birthday HTP Mom!

  • Allie May 21, 2011, 11:21 am

    How sweet of you to make your mom a special breakfast 🙂 Happy B-day to her! It is always so nice to get home after vacation!

    Have a great day!

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset May 21, 2011, 11:44 am

    Aww what a nice thing to do for Ma! Have a wonderful day!

  • Vanessa May 21, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Wishing your mama a beautiful day! It’s my birthday today as well! Geminis rule 🙂

  • JennsAdventures May 21, 2011, 12:41 pm

    I am so making this today! Welcome come:)

  • Alaina May 21, 2011, 1:10 pm

    Happy Birthday to your mom!

    That dish does look delicious! And I have all of those ingredients! Echoing a previous post, is that 1/2 cup of baking soda? Or should it be 1/2 tbsp? or tsp? And is it 4 chopped bananas? Or was the 2 chopped bananas put in twice by accident? Either way, this recipe looks great! 🙂

  • Cara May 21, 2011, 1:24 pm

    That banana oatmeal casserole looks great! That is so sweet you get to spend time with your mom on her birthday!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 21, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Happy birthday to your Mom!

  • monicanelsonfitness May 21, 2011, 3:42 pm

    welcome home! Saaaweet recipe, will make for sure. happy bday to your Mum. 🙂

  • Mindy May 21, 2011, 3:51 pm

    Welcome home!
    And, happy birthday MomHTP!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 21, 2011, 3:55 pm

    Oh wow, that looks awesome! Happy B-day to your momma!

  • carlee May 21, 2011, 4:08 pm

    That looks good! Is it 4 bananas total? and really 1/2 CUP baking soda?!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 21, 2011, 6:53 pm

    Happy birthday to your mom! I bet she loved this breakfast!

  • Kayla May 21, 2011, 6:59 pm

    Where do you come up with these oatmeal ideas!? I never want to eat it because it’s boring.. but not when you do it! super jealous of your trip by the way. I’ve always wanted to swim up to a bar.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 21, 2011, 7:01 pm

    I had baked oatmeal for the first time a few dyas ago and loved it!! Seriously, how have I missed out so long?!

  • Molly @ RDexposed May 21, 2011, 7:21 pm

    Oats are necessary for any breakfast!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales May 21, 2011, 7:22 pm

    Happy Birthday, HTPmom!!! I hope y’all are having a wonderful day!! It’s sure been beautiful weather 🙂

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me May 22, 2011, 4:03 pm

    Yay, welcome back! And happy birthday to your mom!

  • Megan @ On the Road Again May 22, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Oh my, that casserole looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it out here!

  • foodie May 23, 2011, 6:13 pm

    Two bananas is listed twice. Is that right? *Four* bananas?

    • Caitlin May 24, 2011, 8:16 am

      No, that’s an error – so sorry! Just 2.

      • MD May 31, 2011, 9:47 pm

        Caitlin, how much baking soda should be used? I used the 1/2 cup you recommended, but it made it salty. It smelled great, but I’m thinking that was an error. Any suggestion?

        • Caitlin May 31, 2011, 9:57 pm

          ohmigod. i dont know if i was drunk (just kidding) when i wrote that recipe or not. that should’ve been TABLESPOON. I am so embarrassed. correcting now! i promise this doesn’t normally happen to my recipes.

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