I first saw this recipe on BakedBree.com. I took one look at the recipe and ordered the cookbook it’s from: Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson. When I got the cookbook, I gathered all the ingredients and made the dish for breakfast out at my dad’s house where it was met with unanimous approval. The final texture is creamy with some of that nice oatmeal texture, but not mushy. The flavor is nutty and slightly sweet with bursts of awesomeness from the berries and sweetness from the bananas. Btw, you can put pretty much any fruit in here (can’t wait to try peaches this summer), but I highly recommend the raspberries. Seriously.  This is a great breakfast for brunch with friends or for hungry tykes in the morning. I would assemble the dry stuff the night before and have everything ready to mix up so all you have to do in the morning is slice the bananas, mix up the wet stuff and slap it all together. I hope you give this a try, because it’s actually a tasty, healthy breakfast that is a breeze to put together and will please even the most discerning of 5 year olds.

 

ingredients

2 C rolled oats
1/2 C walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 C milk
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 C real maple syrup, plus more to serve (optional)
3 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
2 ripe bananas, sliced
1 1/2 C berries or fruit of your choosing (my fall back is blackberries and raspberries, but I’m dying to try peaches and plums as well)

 

dry

Make sure you have a rack placed in the top third of the oven and then preheat the oven to 375 and grease a baking dish with butter.

Start out by combing the rolled oats, 1/2 of the walnuts, the cinnamon, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Stir to get everything nice and mixed together.

 

 

wet

In a separate bowl, combine the milk, egg, syrup, vanilla and 1/2 of the cooled, but still melty butter. Whisk everything together well.

 

 

fruit

Slice the bananas and lay the slices out, covering the bottom of the baking dish. Then sprinkle the bananas with 2/3 of whatever other fruit you are using.

 

pour

 

Pour the oatmeal mixture over the fruit in the dish. Then gently pour the wet stuff over the oatmeal, trying to distribute it evenly through out the baking dish. You may need to smoosh stuff around a bit with a spoon or tap the dish on the counter to make sure that the milk mixture really gets into everything.

 

 

prebake

 

Lastly, before popping the dish in the oven, sprinkle the remaining fruit and walnuts over the top of the oatmeal. Bake for about 45 minutes in the top third of the oven.

 

 

cooked

 

When the oatmeal has finished baking, take it out and let it sit for a moment. Then drizzle the remaining butter over the top of the delicious hot oatmeal before spooning the goodness into bowls. At this point you can dress up the oatmeal however you like. I like to pour just a little more maple syrup over the cooked oatmeal and maybe pour some milk in as well. It’s up to you!

 

 

As a side note, I experimented with this dish and made it with almond milk the other day for a friend whose tummy doesn’t deal well with milk. It turned out pretty good! I still prefer the original with real milk, but it was still very yummy (and probably lower in calories and fat…)

 

Healthy Baked Oatmeal
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 C rolled oats
  • ½ C walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 C milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ⅓ C real maple syrup, plus more to serve (optional)
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1½ C berries or fruit of your choosing (my fall back is blackberries and raspberries, but I'm dying to try peaches and plums as well)
Instructions
  1. Make sure you have a rack placed in the top third of the oven and then preheat the oven to 375 and grease a baking dish with butter.
  2. Start out by combing the rolled oats, ½ of the walnuts, the cinnamon, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Stir to get everything nice and mixed together.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, egg, syrup, vanilla and ½ of the cooled, but still melty butter. Whisk everything together well.
  4. Slice the bananas and lay the slices out, covering the bottom of the baking dish. Then sprinkle the bananas with ⅔ of whatever other fruit you are using.
  5. Pour the oatmeal mixture over the fruit in the dish. Then gently pour the wet stuff over the oatmeal, trying to distribute it evenly through out the baking dish. You may need to smoosh stuff around a bit with a spoon or tap the dish on the counter to make sure that the milk mixture really gets into everything.
  6. Lastly, before popping the dish in the oven, sprinkle the remaining fruit and walnuts over the top of the oatmeal. Bake for about 45 minutes in the top third of the oven.
  7. When the oatmeal has finished baking, take it out and let it sit for a moment. Then drizzle the remaining butter over the top of the delicious hot oatmeal before spooning the goodness into bowls. At this point you can dress up the oatmeal however you like.