Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal with Peanut Butter "Cream Cheese" Frosting.

I've never been one to go overboard with birthday celebrations. Sure, I enjoy spending my birthday with people I care about over a nice meal, a piece of cake and a glass of wine, but I've never been one to need a party or anything out of the ordinary.

A few years ago, my yoga studio began offering a new class on my birthday. I was a happy lady to come home from work, get my "om" on, and then meet up with my hubby for dinner. Last year, my hubby was sick and I was perfectly content making a bowl of puppy chow (anyone? anyone?) and renting a movie. This year, my birthday fell on the Super Bowl. When asked how I wanted to celebrate, I responded with, "I want to spend the day making food and having people over to enjoy it with". 

So that's what I did.

And it all began with this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. Even if you're not one for overboard birthday celebrations, you should be one for overboard birthday breakfasts. Trust me. 

Do you want to know what makes this breakfast even better? It's actually good for you! This baked oatmeal is loaded with fiber from the oats and flaxseed, contains minimal amount of sugar, and even has some healthy fat and protein from the nuts! What better way to start your big day, or any day for that matter!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal with Peanut Butter "Cream Cheese" Frosting

Serves 6-8

For the oatmeal:

2 1/4 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 ripe bananas

2 cups almond milk

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1/3 cup chocolate chips

For the frosting: 

1/3 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2 hours

1/3 cup raw macademia nuts, soaked for 2 hours

1/3 cup natural peanut butter

1/4 cup almond milk

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease an 8x8 casserole dish. 

2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flaxseed, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine. 

3. In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix to combine. 

4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well combined. 

5. Pour mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle walnuts and chocolate chips on top and gently press them into the mixture with your fingertips or the back of a spoon. 

6. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Serve with frosting (see next step). 

7. To make the frosting: Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor. Blend on high until mixture is smooth and creamy, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.