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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Healthier Baked Oatmeal with fruit

Made this for Sunday School and it got rave reviews, so I thought I would post.  This recipe is inspired by my mom's baked oatmeal which is delicious but way to sweet for me.  This is a healthier version and I think she would love it too.  Using whole oats not instant makes a difference.  They hold their structure way better and you end up with a better texture than the instant.  Plus, they are way better for you.  I love using the banana on the bottom, it adds a lot of sweetness so you don't need as much sugar.  
What I love about this recipe and you will too.. is not only are there endless possibilities depending on the fruit, spices you choose but it's a delicious and easy make-ahead baked breakfast, perfect for gatherings.  
As far as berries, frozen or fresh both work well here.  Which makes this super easy. We use a variety from our frozen stash of summer berries or a bag of Trader Joe's Very Cherry Berry, which is amaze. Stone fruit, fresh or frozen works really well too.  We love this with peaches.  Just with blueberries is super yummy too. 
I like to serve it warm with a little cream to pour over.    It can also be made ahead of time which makes it great for a holiday breakfast gatherings or brunch.  Can be doubled.  



2 ripe bananas, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups (frozen or fresh) Berries or stone fruit (frozen or fresh) 

Dry ingredients: 

2 cups whole rolled oats (not quick oats)
1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted and chopped (divided)
1/4 cup natural cane sugar or maple syrup
1 teaspoon baking powder (
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

Wet ingredients: 

2 cups milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (divided)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1)  Preheat the oven to 375°F   Butter the inside of an 8-inch square baking dish.

2)  In a bowl, mix together the oats, 1/4 cup of the walnuts, if using sugar instead of maple.. add the sugar here, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Set aside.

3)  In another bowl, whisk together the milk,  if using maple syrup instead of sugar.. add the syrup here, egg, vanilla extract and half of the melted butter.  Set aside.

4)  Arrange the sliced bananas in a single layer at the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle two-thirds of the berries over the top. 
Cover the fruit evenly with the oat mixture. 
Pour the milk mixture over the oats gently, so that it is evenly distributed. Jiggle the dish to make sure the milk mixture is throughout the oats. 
Scatter the remaining berries and walnuts on top.

5)  Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.  Drizzle the remaining melted butter on the top and serve. 

This dish can be made ahead the night before and reheated in the morning.   What I like to do is assemble the banana, berry and dry oat layer in the baking dish, cover and place in fridge.. In another bowl, Mix together the wet ingredients, cover and place in fridge.  In the morning, pour the wet mixture onto the oat mixture, top with berries and walnuts and bake.  

kids can help on this step.. Scarlett is practicing good knife skills
slicing a banana with a butter knife.  Layering them in a
buttered 8x8 baking dish.

Pour the oats over the berries and bananas. (Forgot to
photo the bananas with the berries, but I think you can imagine)

Pour the wet ingredients over the oats, tap the dish to be sure
the milk mixture is evenly distributed through the oats.

Top with remaining berries and walnuts.  Ready to bake.

All done, cut a scoop and cover with a little cream. 

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