As of the recent past, we’ve made a conscious effort to maintain a healthier lifestyle. I’ve been experimenting with swapping out all-purpose flour with whole wheat, fats in baked goods with yogurt or applesauce, etc.
With all of these (yummy) changes, breakfast is the one meal that seems to allude me. A boiled egg and a slice of wheat toast can entertain one for only so long.
Enter my search for healthy and equally delicious breakfast ideas.
The first place I turned to was Asiya’s site Chocolate and Chillies. I stumbled upon her baked oatmeal recipe and was totally sold. Like her, I too was not a big oatmeal fan. Growing up, I was never acquainted with oatmeal, other than in cookies, so a bowl of mushy oatmeal without any flavor was very unappealing to me. This dish opened my eyes to the wide and vast world of oatmeal! It isn’t mushy, and the bananas and blueberries take ordinary oats to a higher level.
I’ve jumped on the oatmeal bandwagon, so stay tuned for another oat-based breakfast recipe coming your way soon ;)
Banana and Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Yield: 4 Servings
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped, lightly toasted, and divided
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 bananas, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 1 cup blueberries
Preheat oven to 375°F and set aside a greased 2-quart baking dish.
In a medium bowl, combine oats, half of the nuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup or honey, milk, egg, butter, and vanilla.
Spread the sliced bananas in a single layer over the bottom of the baking dish. Top with half of the blueberries. Sprinkle the oat mixture over the fruit evenly. Pour the liquid ingredients over the oats and sprinkle remaining nuts and blueberries over the top.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is browned and the oats have set. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.