Vegan Banana and Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

I have another vegan number for you this week. This is seriously good and I'm looking forward to reheating some for breakfast when I get to work tomorrow. I'm always fascinated by vegan recipes, I love dairy but also I love that it's possible to create amazing baked recipes without regular butter, eggs and milk. I spent a good twenty years thinking that was the only way to bake something and it was a revelation to me to discover ingredients like coconut oil and even applesauce (the perfect replacement for eggs)! I like to get all geeky over the science behind it and why it turns out so good.
This weekend has gone far too quickly - as usual - we had a wonderful day yesterday driving up to Lytham to visit some family and today has been spent mostly doing odd jobs and watching Modern Family (we are currently working our way through all the seasons of that and Buffy the Vampire Slayer). I am currently streamable boxset's biggest fan...we got rid of Sky before the move and have found a brilliant way to replace it and actually watch what we want to watch without spending all the money we spent on Sky.
As a breakfast this feels very indulgent so you could always skip the chocolate chips if you didn't fancy them but it's always great to treat yoself. I cannot find the words to describe how yummy this dish is. It's even better on grey days like today...well, it was grey here. I don't know about you but I'm ready for the temperature to drop a little bit. I like tights and gloves and that general cosiness that comes with Autumn. The fact that my body temperature is higher anyway hasn't helped with this warmth so I'm ready to feel a chill.
Baked oatmeal is brilliant for a weekend when you have time to let it bake in the oven. Plus if you have any leftover it makes Monday breakfast at work abit more interesting, and I need anything to help a Monday morning along.  
Vegan Banana and Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal
(adapted from Food 52)
85g porridge oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
75g light brown sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
250ml rice milk
80ml maple syrup
45g unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (plus a little extra for the dish)
100g vegan dark chocolate chips
3 medium bananas, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C/375 F. Grease a pie dish with some melted coconut oil, spread the sliced bananas over the bottom of the dish and set aside.
  2. Mix the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar and salt together in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, the milk, applesauce and coconut oil. Work quickly as the coconut oil will start to solidify again with the cold milk.
  4. Cover the bananas with the oat mixture and then pour the milk mixture over the top. Sprinkle over a little extra sugar.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes, until the top is golden and the sides start to bubble just a little. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.