Friday, April 20, 2012

Baked Oatmeal

I have never liked oatmeal.  I've tried so many ways to make it and would always try to force myself to eat it, hoping I'd eventually learn to like it.  However, all my attempts were fruitless.  After a few bites, I would hit that point where I physically couldn't force myself to swallow any more.  I didn't want to load it with sugar, because that would defeat the purpose of eating it in the first place!  However, that all changed when I came across this recipe for Baked Oatmeal from Skinny Taste.  To my surprise, I really liked it!  I did alter it just a tad.  Keep in mind, though, that it's still not super sweet, but the fruit adds just enough sweetness for me.  I'm the type of person who enjoys regular Cheerios with no added sugar, so if you like really sweet cereals, this may not be for you (or you may want to add some extra sugar, honey, or a mashed up banana or two and add it to the wet ingredients).

Baked Oatmeal
2 medium bananas, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 cup blueberries (or other berries), divided
1 tsp cinnamon, divided
1 cup uncooked quick oats
1/4 cup chopped almonds, divided
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup milk
3 Tbsp honey
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Lightly grease an 8-inch square pan.  Place the sliced bananas in a layer in the bottom of the pan, followed by 3/4 cup blueberries and 1/4 tsp cinnamon.  Cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the bananas are soft.

While the bananas and blueberries are baking, combine oats, 1/8 cup chopped almonds, baking powder, remaining cinnamon, and salt.  Mix well; set aside.

In another bowl, combine milk, honey, egg, and vanilla.  Wisk until well combined.

Remove the bananas from the oven and put the oat mixture over the bananas, followed by the liquid ingredients.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/8 cup almonds and 3/4 cup blueberries over the top.  Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the oatmeal is set.  Serve warm.  I usually make up a batch at night and keep it in the refrigerator for almost a week.  Each morning, I just stick a piece in the microwave to reheat it.

It looks pretty runny before it's baked.

But don't worry.  It bakes up nicely!

This one has mixed berries in it.

1 comment:

StaceyN said...

Wow, that looks great and very healthy. We are not so into very sweet foods, either. In fact, I have been sweetening mostly with dried fruits and fruit juices lately, and it is working out well. I would love to try this recipe with fresh blueberries. I hope our blueberry bushes produce well this spring, but we will see (they don't always do so well after a warm winter like we've had). Thanks for this great recipe. I know my family will love it!

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