Baked oatmeal topped with caramelized bananas, maple syrup, walnuts and a touch of dark chocolate. A wholesome and comforting breakfast.
Grease a 2 1/2 quart baking dish and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, combine oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Transfer half of the mixture to the prepared baking dish, top with 1-2 sliced bananas and 2 tablespoons walnuts. Top with remaining oat mixture.
Whisk eggs, milk and vanilla until combined. Pour evenly over the oats. Jiggle the dish around if necessary to distribute the wet ingredients. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until the oats are tender and have absorbed the liquid. About 10 minutes before the oatmeal is done, begin the topping.
Add butter to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, stir in maple syrup and water. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Add the sliced bananas and reduce the heat to low. Allow the bananas to cook for a few minutes on each side until they begin to darken, soften and slightly caramelize.
Top the oatmeal with the caramelized bananas and all of the syrup/butter mixture. Add an additional drizzle of maple syrup, if desired. Top with walnuts and dark chocolate. Serve warm, with a generous splash of milk.
Leftovers can be tightly covered and refrigerated. The bananas will start to brown over time but the oatmeal will still taste fine. Add an extra splash of milk when reheating.