Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Baked Berry Oatmeal

I know I already have a recipe for Baked Apple Spice Oatmeal posted, but we can never have too many oatmeal recipes in our house. It is one of my toddlers favorite things to eat for breakfast. And the great thing is that you can mix it up so many different ways just by changing the types of berries and nuts that you use. It's super easy to throw together and makes great leftovers. 

Baked Berry Oatmeal
Servings: 6 to 8

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, lightly toasted, divided
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 cups low-fat milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
2 cups berries or other fruit (fresh or frozen), divided

Preheat the oven to 375 °. Lightly butter a 2 1/2-quart casserole dish. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, 1/4 cup nuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together with a fork. In a large measuring cup, whisk the maple syrup, milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla together until well combined. 

Place the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the prepared dish. Top with 1 cup of berries. Sprinkle the oat mixture in an even layer over the berries and bananas. Pour the wet ingredients over the oats. Top with the remaining berries and nuts. 

Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the oats have set. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. 

Source: slightly adapted from Annie's Eats, originally from Super Natural Every Day

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