baked oatmeal

If you’ve been following this blog, then you know that breakfast is a bit of a challenge for me. I wake up at 5am and have to be out the door by 5:40, which means whatever I eat has to be quick to whip up. Scrambled egg-filled potatoes and mini breakfast quiches are a solid choice, but during the summer, I want something filling, but less hearty, and more seasonal.

I happened upon this baked oatmeal recipe from So How’s It Taste? and am in love. It’s simple and easy to whip up on Sunday night before you hit the sheets.

(photo via my Instagram)

What You Need:
1 cup rolled oats (Quaker oatmeal works fine)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup skim milk
1 large, lightly beaten egg
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 ripe bananas (sliced)
1 cup blueberries or raspberries (thawed if frozen)

What You Do:
Preheat your oven to 375F

Lightly grease a small rectangular pan

Mix the oats, baking powder, and cinnamon

In a separate bowl, mix the syrup, milk, egg, butter, and vanilla

Spread the sliced bananas over the bottom of the baking dish, then cover with half of the berries

Pour the oat mixture evenly over the berries and nanners, then pour the liquid mixture evenly over that

Spread the other half of the berries over it all

Bake from 35-40 minutes until it’s all set and the oats have browned

Messiness – There are a few dishes involved, but since you don’t use your hand for much, spreading the bananas is about as messy as it gets.

Simplicity – Very simple! It’s one of those great recipes that encourage you in your baking skills. You can fudge a bit on the timing and it still tastes amazing!

Budget – The original recipe called for walnuts, but those are often expensive, and I’m not a huge fan to be honest. Cutting them out, cut out about $5, give or take. Other than that, you can find just about all the ingredients at the 99 Cent store, or for very cheap in your local grocery store. If you make it during the summer when berries are plentiful, then it’s really inexpensive and will give you a weeks worth of breakfasts.

Delicious Factor – So yummy! it’s got everything you could want in a breakfast. Oatmeal, fruit, eggs and milk. Also, all you have to do is heat it up quickly, and it tastes good all week long. I also drizzled a bit of syrup over mine after heating, before eating, because I’m a sucker for syrup.

NOTE: I’d also imagine that strawberries work just as good as blueberries and raspberries, but haven’t tried it. If you do, please share how it turns out!

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