If you read my recent post about smoothies, you might be wondering why I’m already moving on to oatmeal?!?! Yes we are a smoothie family, but just in case you are not, I am sharing another great breakfast recipe I think you will love. Baked oatmeal is perfect for these cold, dark mornings we are having right now. It warms you right up and is really filling too.
When my youngest son was born, the three older ones started school two weeks later. In most ways, that was fantastic. But getting the girls fed and out the door after a mostly sleepless night was challenging for those first few weeks. Add to that my waking up starving after nursing all night and no time to cook for myself and tend to the kids – it was not a good scenario.
Thankfully, my mother-in-law shared this fantastic baked oatmeal recipe with me. I would make it up on Sunday night and even cut the portions (leaving it right in the pan.) When the morning madness ensued, I had breakfast for the kids and me to pop into the microwave and serve right up. I was sooooo hungry in those days and I would put a spoonful of peanut or almond butter on top to fill me up. I ate a lot of oatmeal when I was nursing to help with my milk supply and while cookie form was my favorite, baked oatmeal was a close second and I ate this exact recipe almost every day for months (no guilt either!)
2 ripe bananas
1 cup milk (I use almond milk)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cups oats
1/4 cup pecans (I sometimes leave these out for picky palates)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1.5 cups blueberries (divided)
Pre-heat oven to 375. Slice bananas and line the bottom of a greased casserole dish (8×8 works well). Add 1/2 of blueberries. Mix together milk, egg, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. In a separate bowl, mix together oats, nuts, baking soda, and cinnamon. Sprinkle oat mixture over banana/blueberries then pour liquid all over. Top with remaining blueberries. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
Now that we are in the dead of winter again, I’ll definitely be adding this back into the mix around our house. And, for those of you looking to set new health goals this year, by portioning this out, you can count on this to be a very healthy and filling breakfast to help start your day right!