It's been a week since I've posted, eek! To make up for it, I'm posting probably the most popular recipe I've ever made. I've been asked for the recipe multiple times, even by a guy who just saw my boyfriend's baked oatmeal he brought to work. It is seriously amazing. When you first say, "I made baked oatmeal," people kind of look at you crazy. Baked oatmeal...what? But trust me, they love it! It's very adaptable as well.
*If you wanted to substitute fruit or leave out nuts, whatever, it's very easy to alter.
But I'm sticking with my tried and true baked strawberry banana with walnuts and chocolate chips.
First, you mix up your oats, baking powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Slice 1 cup strawberries. Mix in half of those, 1/4 cup walnuts, and a 1/4 cup chocolate chips to the dry mix. Pour it into your greased 9 x 13 or 8 x 8 baking dish. Top with the remaining sliced strawberries, walnuts, and chocolate chips.
Using the same bowl (easy cleanup, yay!) melt 3 tbsp of butter (or applesauce if you wanted to do a vegan dish). Pour in two cups of milk of choice. I used Silk Almond Coconut, but you can sub any type of milk. Add 2 tsp vanilla and 1 egg (leave out for vegan, sub 1/4 cup applesauce) and whisk all together. Slowly and evenly pour the wet mixture over the dry.
Now, give the dish a little shake to evenly distribute the wet mixture into the dry. You might have to tilt the dish a bit to evenly coat all the oats.
Slice 1 banana thinly and top the oatmeal with the banana slices. You may have to use two bananas depending on how thinly you slice it and if you use a 9 x 13 versus an 8 x 8 dish.
Pop the dish into a preheated 375F oven for 30-35 minutes until the oatmeal looks evenly browned.
Serve warm right out of the oven or warmed up the next day. It warms up fantastically for a quick breakfast (or snack!). I like to cut into 6 portions and keep in Tupperware in the fridge. So easy for my 6am mornings.
Each serving (1/6 of the casserole) has about 350 calories, so it makes for a hearty breakfast. You get fiber, protein, and fruit in every bite. As I said, this recipe is so adaptable. You can easily leave out the chocolate chips if you need to cut back on sugar and/or replace the brown sugar with stevia. Or leave it out and drizzle honey or maple syrup over the top. Sub the fruit and nut options, whatever you want!
I'd love to hear what kind of creative and delicious combinations you come up with so leave a comment telling me what you make!
Baked Strawberry Banana Oatmeal
Adapted from Inspired Taste
2 cups (175 g) old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup (70 grams) packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (55 grams) walnuts, chopped
1 cup (125 grams) sliced strawberries
1/3 cup (58 grams) semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
2 cups (473 ml) almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 large egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, peeled, thinly sliced