Had a bit of fun again in the kitchen last night, this time with baked oatmeal. I’ve been wanting to try a baked oatmeal dish for a while. I thought it would be a good late night snack and a quick and easy breakfast before Dylan heads off to school in the morning. (The La Leche League leader in me also thinks that baked oatmeal would be a great dish for a new mom – can be made ahead of time and easily warmed up for a quick breakfast. Plus, oatmeal is supposed to boost milk supply.)
I was perusing through Angela’s Oh She Glows blog and came across a great recipe - Fruity Baked Oatmeal with Crunchy Almond Topping. I decided to give it a try, and made a few changes based on what I had on hand at home. I am truly amazed at how amazingly delicious it turned out! (Although I shouldn’t be surprised – Angela’s recipes are all outstanding!!) It is creamy, yet dairy free. It is satisfying, comforting and so delicious! I just may have a new favorite breakfast recipe…
Recipe – Baked Oatmeal with Apple and Banana (Vegan, can be gluten free with GF oats, soy free)
2 and 2/3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup Ruth’s Chia Goodness (I used chocolate because I had some extra on hand. You can substitute with plain chia seeds if you like!)
2 large bananas, sliced
2 apples, chopped
2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
3 1/2 cups water
4 tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raw walnuts
4 tbsp rolled oats
2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tbsp Earth Balance (can substitute with coconut oil, grapeseed oil, or water)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Mix together oats, Chia Goodness, banana, apple, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add water, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir well. Pour into a 2L baking dish. Set aside.
Chop walnuts. Add in oats, coconut sugar, maple syrup and Earth Balance. Mix well. Sprinkle over oatmeal mixture in baking dish.
Bake for 25-30 mins. It will be done when the water has been absorbed and topping is golden brown. Serve warm, and ENJOY! Makes 8 servings.
I had three (small) bowls of this immediately after I took it out of the oven. I figured why not – it is full of wholesome ingredients, and I with the half-marathon training I am doing, I can use the extra carbs!
Have you ever tried making baked oatmeal? What are some of your favorite oatmeal toppings?