Baked “Fruitie” Oatmeal

Banana Berry Baked Oatmeal

Breakfast time and you really wish you had something new and different and EASY to make. You look at the cereals….boring! So here’s a new take on one of the oldest and normally MOST boring hot cereal of all….OATMEAL.

You know it’s filling; it’s healthy….but what can you do to make oatmeal a little more interesting? Try this Baked Oatmeal with the fruit already in it and on it…serve it with milk or sugar or syrup, and you’ll be so proud that you will be bursting with energy all day. Low in fat – high in fiber and high in flavor!

Baked Banana & Berry Oatmeal

  • 2 c rolled oats –  not instant
  • 1/2 c walnuts, toasted and chopped, divided
  • 1/2 c maple syrup or agave syrup (plus more for serving)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. fine-grain sea salt
  • 2 c milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced 1/4″ thick
  • 1-1/2 c fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries or mixed berries, divided
  • 1/2 c sliced strawberries, optional

Preheat oven to 375 with rack in top third of oven. Butter an 8″ x 8″ baking pan (or spray well with cooking spray).

In a bowl, combine oats, half the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, milk, egg, half the melted butter and vanilla.

Arrange banana slices in a single layer in bottom of prepared baking dish. Sprinkled 2/3 of berries over top of bananas. Cover fruit with oat mixture. Slowly drizzle milk mixture over oats. Give the pan a few “gentle thumps” on the countertop to ensure the milk moves through the oats. Scatter remaining berries including strawberries if using, and walnuts on top. **

Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until top is golden brown and oats have set. Remove from oven and drizzle remaining melted butter on top. Serve with sugar, maple sugar, maple syrup or agave syrup.

** Can be made the  night before. Cover and refrigerate then bake in the morning. It may take a little longer to bake unless you let it come to room temperature before putting it in the oven.)

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