Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Baked Oatmeal: Love child!

I was recently informed by my friend Sarah Schwartzman that something in my life had been missing; an excellent breakfast treat that is healthy and delicious....BAKED OATMEAL! What is this treasure? It is a layered treasure of whole grain oats, fruit, nuts baked together with milk and eggs and a touch of cinnamon. The texture is something like the love child of fruit cobbler and a bowl of thick oatmeal. Delicious!

I scoured the internet for recipes and found several. I found one recipe that used significantly less butter than most and then made it my own. Here is what I did:

Blueberry-Banana Baked Oatmeal

  • 2 cups berries (fresh or frozen are both fine)
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats - not the minute kind
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup nuts
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees

    Spray a square pan with non-stick cooking spray
    Frozen blueberries; mixed berries would also be delicious!
    1 sliced banana

    Pour berries into bottom of prepared square pan; top with sliced bananas

    In a 4 cup measuring cup, mix together the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, nuts, cinnamon and flax. Cover fruit with dry mixture and even out surface.

    Dry mixture

    Cover the fruit!

    Reuse your measuring cup to melt butter in microwave (let's not create more dishes than necessary!). Add eggs, milk and vanilla and whisk together until smooth. Pour liquid mixture over oats evenly.

    Not too much butter!

    Pop into the oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until fruit layer is bubbling and edges are browned.

    All ready!

    Cut into rectangles and serve with a splash of milk and a tiny drizzle of maple syrup or honey, if desired.

    This reheats well in the microwave. I make this on the weekend when I have more time and then enjoy throughout the week for a fast and healthy breakfast. Enjoy!

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