Yum!! Baked Oatmeal for "Oatmeal Day"!lottie and doof, who got it from Heidi Swanson's book, and it turned out superb. It is flavorful, not overly sweet, and can be heated up all week.
The baby loves it, as do I, but Tate is going to stick to his Quaker Maple Syrup version (which I know is total junk for him!). He tried the Trader Joe's version and also turned his nose up to it. (It has a weird after taste that even I didn't like).
Here is the recipe:
I omitted the nuts and used real maple syrup instead of sugar.
Baked Oatmeal (from Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson)*
- 2 cups / 7 oz / 200 g rolled oats
- 1/2 cup / 2 oz / 60 g walnut pieces, toasted (see page 219) and chopped
- 1/3 cup / 2 oz / 60 g natural cane sugar or maple syrup, plus more for serving
- 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
- 11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Scant 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
- 2 cups / 475 ml milk
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch / 1cm pieces
- 11/2 cups / 6.5 oz / 185 g huckleberries, blueberries, or mixed berries
Preheat the oven to 375F / 190C with a rack in the top third of the oven. Generously butter the inside of an 8-inch / 20cm square baking dish.
In a bowl, mix together the oats, half the walnuts, the sugar, if using, the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, if using, the milk, egg, half of the butter, and the vanilla.
Arrange the bananas in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle two-thirds of the berries over the top. Cover the fruit with the oat mixture. Slowly drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Gently give the baking dish a couple thwacks on the countertop to make sure the milk moves through the oats. Scatter the remaining berries and remaining walnuts across the top.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Drizzle the remaining melted butter on the top and serve. Sprinkle with a bit more sugar or drizzle with maple syrup if you want it a bit sweeter.