I pinned this recipe for baked oatmeal months ago, and I’ve been meaning to try it for ages now. I am a big fan of cold cereal (the cold crunch wakes me up in the morning…or so I tell myself!). My husband likes warm cereal, especially in the winter, and the girls usually alternate between oatmeal and cream of wheat.
I liked the idea of mixing things up a bit on the weekdays. (On weekends, I usually make at least one big family breakfast.) I also liked the idea of making something ahead that I could just heat up for the next few mornings.
The verdict at our house? The girls love this! Hubby wasn’t a big fan. Truth be told, he probably eats too much sugar in his regular oatmeal, so I’m guessing this felt a bit too healthy for him.
The girls have said the past two mornings, “This looks like a dessert! And we get to eat it for breakfast!“ (This makes me laugh a bit, too…we don’t eat a lot of sweets at our house, so I guess it’s all relative.)
The original recipe is gluten-free, and it has a little more sugar and chocolate chips in it. (I’m sure that would be delish!) Here’s the recipe, as I made it. I think this is probably one of those that you can tweak, depending on what you have in your pantry, and how “dessert-like” you want it to be.
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (not packed)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup walnut pieces
- 1 cup diced strawberries
- 2 cups milk
- 1 large egg
- 3 Tbsp. melted butter
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- 1 ripe banana, in 1/2" slices
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and generously spray the inside of an 11x7" baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the walnuts, and half the berries.
- In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla.
- Add the oat mixture to the prepared baking dish. Arrange the remaining strawberries and walnuts on top. Then arrange the banana slices. Pour the milk mixture over everything. Gently shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.
- Bake 35-40 minutes, until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set.
I believe you could use any kind of berries, and any kind of nuts. Raisins or dried cranberries might be good, too. I might try mixing in some sunflower seeds or flaxseed next time, as well.
I made this one evening, and stored it in the refrigerator. I’ve cut pieces for my girls the last couple of days, and heated them in the microwave.
I hope you enjoy this “breakfast dessert” as my girls call it!
MandyE is mom to five-year old fraternal twin girls. She blogs about their adventures, and her journey through motherhood, at Twin Trials and Triumphs.