Thursday, March 1, 2012
Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Bananas
I was trying to reheat the baked oatmeal that I'm sharing today when my stove starting making crazy sounds. Which was a disappointment for several reasons, not the least of which was that I couldn't have this wonderful, filling, and good-for-me breakfast. And I really wanted it. What an absolute bummer. But I'm still going to share the recipe because it's so darn good.
There are so many different ways to personalize this recipe. I, for one, would prefer both more bananas and more berries than the original called for. But I can also imagine swapping out the bananas for apples or pears or using peaches in the summer. Maple syrup or honey would also be nice substitutions for the sugar. Here's to healthier breakfasts!
Makes enough for 4 people. From The Family Kitchen.
2 1/2 cups old fashioned (not quick) oats
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
2 cups milk
1 egg, beaten
3 tbs butter, melted and cooled
2 ripe bananas, sliced
1 1/2 cups blackberries (or any berry that you like)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves. In a separate bowl, stir together in the milk, egg and butter. Set aside.
Spread the banana slices out over the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking dish. Sprinkle half of the berries over the bananas. Spread the oatmeal mixture evenly over the berries and bananas, then pour the liquid ingredients in. Sprinkle the remaining berries over the top and press them lightly into the oatmeal mixture. If you'd like you can sprinkle a light dusting of cinnamon over the top. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the edges have browned, the mixture is bubbly, and the berries have softened and browned. Let the oatmeal cool for 10 minutes before serving.