This caramelized banana chocolate chip breakfast bake is filled with quinoa and oats for a hearty, decadent but still healthy start to the day.

*This post has been updated to include a video on how to make this banana chocolate chip breakfast bake. The caramelized bananas are both inside the bake and on top for a luscious, protein-packed breakfast that you won’t believe is still good for you! Scroll down to watch!

This caramelized banana chocolate chip breakfast bake is filled with quinoa and oats for a hearty, decadent but still healthy start to the day.
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There was a time when I was in either 9th or 10th grade that I can distinctly remember watching The Food Network on tv some afternoon before my parents got home from work and seeing an episode that involved caramelized bananas.

It was probably 30 Minute Meals (how I could stand Rachael Ray back then still baffles me).

For the next month, I pretty much made caramelized bananas with a swig of rum (shh…my mom still doesn’t know about that part) and poured them over vanilla ice cream on a daily basis.

That phase went as quickly as it came and I honestly don’t think I’ve made caramelized bananas since.

Well, until I remembered that episode and recreated it with these easy air fryer bananas!

Caramelized bananas add a touch of decadent sweetness to this quinoa and oat based breakfast bake for a delicious start to the day.

But do you guys know how freakin’ delicious those suckers are?

It’s like I wasted almost 20 years of my life without them for no good reason.

So, I say we bring them back.

But, this time we do it with chocolate chips, quinoa and oats that transform into this protein-packed, healthy, banana chocolate chip breakfast bake.

Try these protein pancakes for another protein-packed breakfast!

The caramelized banana deliciousness is both stirred inside of the bake and dolloped on top to make sure you’re getting some of that sweet goodness in every single bite.

Packed with caramelized bananas and chocolate chips, this quinoa and oat breakfast bake is a filling, hearty and delicious start to your day.

Breakfast is already my favorite meal of the day but it seriously just got a whole lot better.

I can without a doubt promise it won’t be another 20 years before these happen again either.

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Caramelized Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bake

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
This caramelized banana and chocolate chip breakfast bake is filled with quinoa and oats for a hearty, decadent but still healthy start to the day.


  • 11/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

For the caramelized bananas

  • 2 large bananas, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine the quinoa and oats in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and maple syrup in a small bowl.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter for the caramelized bananas.
  • Once melted and the skillet is hot, add the brown sugar and mix into the butter.
  • Add the bananas, sprinkle with the cinnamon and let them cook on one side until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Flip the bananas and cook again until golden on the other side.
  • Once they’ve reached a nice caramelized state, turn the heat off and set aside.
  • Pour the egg and milk mixture into the bowl with the quinoa and oats and mix together.
  • Add half the caramelized bananas and the chocolate chips to the bowl and stir to combine.
  • Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish or individual baking dishes and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, top with the remaining caramelized bananas and serve warm.



Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 659kcalCarbohydrates: 100gProtein: 19gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 122mgFiber: 12gSugar: 31g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. This looks delicious! I’m allergic to eggs, any suggestions as to how to substitute them with something else? Thanks!

    1. You could try chia eggs or flax eggs? I’m not sure honestly, haven’t tested it without eggs. Maybe try your favorite egg replacer?

    1. I don’t post nutritional value on the recipes here. You can easily plug it in to one of the many online calculators to find out what you need.

  2. Wow, this looks incredible!!! Totally my kind of breakfast! I need to caramelize bananas more often!

  3. This looks fantastic, but I have to know where you got those baking cups. I’ve been looking for something exactly like those.

    1. They’re Le Creuset. I actually won them on a blog giveaway. They’re the perfect single serving size!