Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal

I love lazy Sunday mornings.  Okay, let's be honest.  I love lazy anything.  That's just the way I am.  This is definitely a lazy breakfast.  Throw a bunch of yummy stuff together and bake.  Doesn't get much easier than that.  I imagine that this recipe would lend itself to pretty much any fruit.  Have apples?  Throw 'em in there.  Peaches?  Why not?  Plums?  Heck, yeah.  

Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal
(recipe adapted slightly from Shutterbean)
Yield: about 6 servings, unless my husband is there... then it only feeds 3.

2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
3/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup coconut sugar (you can substitute regular ol' white sugar)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups almond milk (or some of that cow milk works, too)
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons butter 
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups mixed berries (I used 1 cup frozen blueberries & 1/2 cup frozen blackberries)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Generously butter the inside of a dish.  I used a 9x13, but 8x8 would also work.  In a bowl, mix together the oats, half of the walnuts, the sugar, baking powder & cinnamon.  In another bowl mix the milk, eggs, half of the butter and vanilla.  Whisk until well combined.  Arrange the bananas in a single layer at the bottom of your baking dish.  Sprinkle 2/3 of the berry mixture on top. 

Pour the oat mixture on top and then slowly drizzle the milk mixture on top of that. Make sure to get the milk mixture in all of the nooks and crannies.

Scatter the remaining berries and walnuts on top.  Bake in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set.  Remove from the oven and let cool a bit.

Drizzle the remaining butter on top and serve warm. Drizzle maple syrup on top and enjoy!