I love oatmeal…with a passion. If I wasn’t married I would probably eat it for dinner a couple times a week. In fact, when I was single that’s exactly what I did, which is not healthy. Now that I’m married I still have it most mornings. I love putting chia seeds and flaxseed in it for extra protein and fiber and topping it off with fresh fruit, nut butter and granola. Delicious.
Baked oatmeal is often my go-to dish when I have to make breakfast for a bunch of people too. It doesn’t take much time to put together and the fact that it’s baked seems fancy. You can jazz it up so easily. For you moms with kids, oatmeal is also a great way to sneak in some veggies. Check out my Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal!
I got this recipe from a friend a while back and decided to try and “veganized” it. I traded the white sugar for pure maple syrup, used flax eggs and almond milk, and left out the butter. Even with all of those changes you don’t miss a thing! This bake is a great recipe to make at the beginning of the week too, because it’s easy to reheat. I hope you like it!
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
- 1/2 cup toasted, chopped walnuts (divided)*
- 1 2/3 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 flax egg*
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries and chopped strawberries (or whatever kind you have on hand)
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spray an 8x8 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients together: oats, baking powder, cinnamon, sea salt and 1/4 cup of walnuts.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flax egg, milk and vanilla.
- Once your dry and wet ingredients are all ready, place the banana slices on the bottom of your prepared baking dish until the bottom is completely covered. Sprinkle half of the berries over top of the bananas and then top the berries with all of the dry oat mixture. Next slowly pour the wet ingredients over top of the oats and gently shake the dish or use a spatula to make sure the liquid is evenly distributed.
- Lastly top with the remaining berries and walnuts.
- Bake for about 40 minutes, uncovered until golden and bubbly. Let cool for a few minutes before serving plain or with maple syrup.
- *To toast your walnuts, place them on a baking dish in an oven heated to 375 degrees for about 7 minutes.
- *To make a flax egg, whisk 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water and let sit for five minutes until the texture turns "yolky"