Baked Oatmeal with blueberries & bananas

Oatmeal, in my opinion, is one of life’s perfect foods! Delicious, filling, nutritious and low-calorie. It’s easy to make, and you can do a million things with it.

Oatmeal is also one of my favorite comfort foods. When I was a little girl, my mom used to cook oatmeal for me. She made the real “old-fashioned oats” that you cook in a pan (come to think of it, they didn’t even have instant oatmeal at that time, since, microwave ovens hadn’t been invented yet….yes yes, I know, really showing my age here!) Mom would plop the cooked oatmeal in a bowl, sprinkle some brown sugar on it and pour milk in it until when you stirred it, you ended up with something more like oatmeal soup. This thin, milky consistency is what I’ve grown accustomed to and it is soothing not only to my tummy but also to my soul.

My husband, on the other hand, has never been a fan of oatmeal. Or fruit. So, when I came across this recipe for baked oatmeal with blueberries and bananas, I was concerned I would be the only person in my household who would eat it. This situation has, in the past, kept me from trying many baked or crock pot oatmeal recipes that I found intriguing as I hate to go to all the effort and have it be something that doesn’t feed my whole family.

This particular recipe looked so good to me that I decided I really needed to try it, even if I would be the only one to eat it – it just looked THAT good!

Delicious warm out of the oven, and just as tasty reheated later in the microwave!

Delicious warm out of the oven, and just as tasty reheated later in the microwave!

The verdict? My husband agreed to try it. He liked it. I made it again the next week and he had a second helping! Then I tried other varieties of the recipe like strawberry-rhubarb, and just strawberry (both, also with bananas). I loved them all. Jim tolerated them, but began asking me to make the blueberry version again. This has now become a staple in our house, I make it almost every Sunday morning. We have it together for breakfast on Sunday, then I have enough left over that I can heat up a piece of it for breakfast all week before leaving for work.

This dish is simple to prepare, has very few ingredients. It does not use any added sugar, but instead uses honey as a sweetener. I personally like to use all organic ingredients – but I’m sure you can make this with any variety of the ingredients that you have on hand. This recipe is also very easy to adapt to any type of fruit or berries you may have at the moment.

Baked Oatmeal with blueberries and bananas:
Modified from: www.skinnytaste.com

Ingredients for baked oatmeal with blueberries and bananas

Ingredients for baked oatmeal with blueberries and bananas

Ingredients:

2 medium ripe bananas, sliced into 1/2″ pieces
1-1/2 cups blueberries (or one pint, or however many you have on hand!)
1 cup uncooked organic quick cooking oats
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/4 cup honey
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (you could use any variety of milk you prefer)
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9″ x 9″ glass baking dish with non-stick spray.

Spread the sliced bananas in the bottom of the prepared baking dish, top with half of the blueberries.
Drizzle 1 Tbsp of the honey over the fruit, sprinkle with 1 tsp of the ground cinnamon. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine the oats, half of the walnuts, the baking powder, the remaining 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon and the salt. Stir lightly to mix.

In a separate bowl whisk together the remaining honey, the milk, egg and vanilla.

Remove the bananas and blueberries from the oven. Sprinkle the oat mixture over top, using your fingers to spread it out and even it out a bit. Then pour the milk mixture over top of the oats, distributing evenly so all of the oats are moistened.

Sprinkle the remaining blueberries over this mixture then top with the rest of the walnuts.

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. After baking, allow to cool and set for just a minute or two, then cut into 6 servings, or 8 if you’d like to cut down the calories a bit more or if you have a bigger crowd to serve. Cover leftovers (if there are any!) and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl

Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl

Whisk up the milk, egg, honey and vanilla

Wisk up the milk, egg, honey and vanilla

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 serving (147.5 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.0g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.6g 3%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 33.9g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3.9g 16%
Sugars 10.2g
Protein 4.0g
Vitamin A 1% • Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 2% • Iron 10%
* Based on a 2000 calorie die