Thursday, March 12, 2015

Healthy baked oatmeal

There is nothing better than starting your day off right! I like to begin my mornings with a big cup of coffee or tea and a yummy breakfast! Extra bonus points if its a healthy breakfast and this baked oatmeal is! I love it because you can make it the night before and just warm it up each morning. Delicious, convenient, and healthy! (

1 cup old fashion rolled oats (or steel-cut oats for an even healthier breakfast)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, divided (optional)
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup
1 cup skim milk (or almond milk)
1 large egg
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
1 cup other fruit (blueberries, raspberries, or my favorite Apples!!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 2 quart baking dish.
In a medium bowl mix the oats, half the nuts if using any, baking powder, cinnamon (if you are doing apples as your fruit I recommended using a little more cinnamon), and a pinch of salt.
In a liquid measuring cup, combined the syrup, milk, egg (lightly beat) butter, and vanilla. (Make sure ingredients are stirred together)
Spread the sliced bananas on the bottom of  the greased pan on a single layer. Top with half your fruit (berries, apples) Sprinkle the dry oat mix over the fruit. Pour the liquid mix evenly over the oats.
Sprinkle the remaining nuts and fruit over top.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until top is browned. Let cool 10 minutes before serving and makes for great left overs! Enjoy!

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