My mom told me the other day that ‘I live off oatmeal. For breakfast, and sometimes dinner, that’s probably true.
There’s a coffee shop named Alterra that does a baked oatmeal that’s a little sweet (for me) but tasty compared to the instant oatmeal from Starbucks. I’d never had baked oatmeal until I tried their version and that’s what Inspired this recipe.
It’s like a healthy bread pudding / oatmeal cake. It is creamy, sweet, comforting, and delicious, piping hot from the oven. I would have this with a glass of Pineapple Green Smoothie and be perfectly content .
I used raspberries and blueberries because it reminds me of the crisp that my mom used to make us so frequently in the summer but you can use any berry/frozen berry you would like.
Baked Berry Oatmeal
2 medium ripe (but not mushy) bananas, sliced
1 1/2 cup blueberries/raspberries
3 Tbs maple syrup or sweetener of your choice (divided) (or to taste)
1 tsp of cinnamon (divided)
1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup Almond Milk
1 large egg
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly spray 8×8 ceramic baking dish with cooking spray.
Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the dish. If you have too many bananas set aside (for use in the next layer of berries as shown).
Sprinkle half of the blueberries over the bananas, 1/4-1/2 tsp of the cinnamon, 1 tbsp of the maple syrup and cover with foil. Bake 15 minutes, until the bananas get soft.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the oats, half of nuts, baking powder, remaining cinnamon, and salt; stir together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining maple syrup (2 tbs), almond milk, egg and vanilla extract.
Remove the bananas from the oven, then pour the oat mixture over the bananas and berries.
Pour the milk mixture over the oats, making sure to distribute the mixture as evenly as possible over the oats. Sprinkle the remaining berries and pecans/walnuts over the top.
Bake the oatmeal for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the oatmeal has set. Serve warm from the oven.