Banana and Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Sometimes I love waking up on the weekend and making something fancy for breakfast. But when it’s cold out, sometimes a simple, warm bowl of baked oatmeal (drizzled with maple syrup of course) is the perfect way to start the day. And this recipe from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day (which is a fantastic cookbook, btw) is a great recipe that’s easy to make and super tasty. And if you have a few ripening bananas and you’re tired of banana bread, it’s a great way to use them up. If you tend to have a pretty well-stocked pantry (oats, nuts, frozen fruit..), you can probably make it without having to go to the store, which makes it even better.

Banana and Blueberry Baked Oatmeal | Soymilk + Honey

It’s best right out of the oven, but it also will last in the fridge for a few days. I like to make it on a Saturday or Sunday and then enjoy it for the first few days of the week. It’s also great for when you have company in town since it’s quick to whip up and spends most of the prep time in the oven. I like to serve it with a little warm milk and a drizzle of maple syrup, but you could add additional fruit or nuts as well.

Banana and Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • ⅓ cup cane sugar or maple syrup (if you use sugar, add it to the dried bowl. If you use syrup, add it to the wet bowl...just don't use both!)
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (you can get away with less if you want it healthier)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, cut into ½" pieces
  • 1½ cups of blueberries or other small berries (huckleberries, raspberries, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Place a rack in the top third of the oven. Spray an 8" x 8" baking dish with cooking spray, or generously butter it, depending on how healthy you want to be.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the oats, half the walnuts, sugar (unless you're using maple syrup), cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another medium-sized bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: the milk, egg, half the butter, and the maple syrup (if using).
  4. Lay the bananas out in the bottom of the baking pan - trying to get them all in one layer if possible. Sprinkle ⅔ of your berries over the bananas and then pour the oat mixture on top.
  5. Slowly drizzle the milk mixture over the oat mixture and make sure all the oats get wet with either a gentle stir on the top, or a little thwack on the counter. Spread the remaining berries and nuts on the top of the dish.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes, until the dish has set and the top has turned a nice golden color. Let it cool for a few minutes after it comes out of the oven. If you're pro-butter, you can drizzle the remaining butter on the top.
  7. Serve with milk and maple syrup if you like things sweet.

 

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