Monday, April 11, 2016

Banana Berry Baked Oatmeal

Hello! I’m still here and we are still cruising and loving life. It’s been a crazy few months but I am really hoping that now is a good time to get back into the blog groove. I'm officially declaring this the week to bring my blog back to life. I’ve missed my little space so much! Since Kate was born, it’s been a whirlwind in the best possible way! She’s been the best and happiest (and smiliest!) little addition to our family.

In an effort to mix up the breakfast menu lately, I searched for a baked oatmeal recipe as I knew it would be something that the little mister would enjoy. I found a few recipes and ended up tweaking them and the result was SO GOOD. Breakfast prep always makes me feel organized in the kitchen because I always know that we will have something easy to grab, especially when we are trying to get out of the house by a certain time. Mornings with two little ones can be crazy but we finally have more a routine now that Kate is getting a little bit older and much less high maintenance than those blurry newborn days.

I used bananas and berries in our oatmeal, but any fresh or frozen fruit would be great! I’m going to make our next batch with peaches and blueberries.

Baked Banana Berry Oatmeal
Recipe adapted from Epicurious

2 cups organic old fashioned oats
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp. Baking powder
½ tsp. Sea salt
1.5 tsp. Cinnamon
2 cups almond milk
1 large egg
3 TBSP. unsalted butter
2 tsp. Vanilla bean paste (or pure vanilla extract)
2 ripe bananas, cut into ½ inch pieces
1 cup frozen blackberries
1 cup frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prep a square 8 inch baking dish using a stick of butter to lightly coat the bottom and the sides. Coconut oil also works well!

In a bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, milk, egg, half of the butter and vanilla.

In the prepared baking dish, arrange sliced bananas in a single layer. Sprinkle ⅔ of the berries on the top of the bananas. Cover the fruit with the oat mixture. Slowly drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Give the dish a few little shakes to even it out. Put the remaining berries on top.

Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the top is nice and golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Drizzle the remaining butter on top. Slice and serve!

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