Saturday, May 14, 2011

Strawberry & Banana Baked Oatmeal


Have you ever baked oatmeal?

It's delicious.

It's...let's say.....a classier way to eat oatmeal. I'm not saying that the stove-top variety is 3rd class. I'm just saying that it's a little neater and less sloppy.....a little more put together.


Oatmeal makes me really happy.

It tastes good.
It's good for you.
It's filling.
It has a really cool texture.
It is loaded with cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.

I often make it in a pot on the stove, or in a microwave when I'm crushed for time.

But on a rainy weekend morning, I like to let my oven do the work so I can take an extra 20 minute nap instead of standing over the stove, stirring. Saturday mornings are not for slaving, they're for sleeping. Agreed?


The only difference that you'll see in this recipe is the addition of an egg. It helps to just barely hold the oatmeal together as you dish it out to your family. It's easy as heck - just stir up the dry ingredients. Then stir up the wet ingredients. Mix the two together, pour it into a glass baking dish and fire it into the oven. As it bakes, the oatmeal will soak up the milk, egg, butter and sugar.

It's important to use large flake, old-fashioned rolled oats for this recipe. Minute or quick-cooking oats would just turn into mush. Mush is not fun.


As soon as it comes out of the oven, I like to add more warm milk right over the top so that it is nice and moist. I also put sliced bananas right on top just before I bake it and then eat it with fresh strawberries and an extra sprinkling of cinnamon.

Strawberries and bananas? Probably one of the best combinations ever - no doubt.

I ate half the dish already and I'm feeling really happy. I'll probably eat the rest at around 11:29 tonight and wont feel bad about it at all, because let's face it - it's oatmeal!

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16 comments:

  1. Ahhhh, this just looks so comforting and cozy on such a cold, dreary day!

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  2. Do you think I could use spelt?
    I just bought a bunch of spelt flakes at the bulk barn and have been eating them instead of oatmeal. You know, gettin a little wild, and changing things up a bit.

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  3. This looks so easy to make. Making it next saturday for sure :) Will let you know the reviews

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  4. Wow does this look lovely.

    So comforting and delicious.

    Can't wait to give it a try - thank you!

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  5. Wow this sounds so fresh and healty! Perfect for the lovely breakfast :)

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  6. I adore oatmeal but never even think about baking it. You're right; who wants to stand over the stove when they could be doing other things. It looks gorgeous, tasty and very tummy warming. Thanks for sharing your recipe (and yes, strawberries and bananas are a perfect combination).

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  7. I love this idea! I've had baked oatmeal a few time and love to pour some milk over it. It feels like I'm eating a high class breakfast :) I've got to try this recipe!

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  8. Mmmm this looks fantastic, I love it!!

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  9. Wow this looks fantastic! I love oatmeal, so I'll definitely have to try this. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  10. Baked oatmeal? I think I just fell out of my chair. I will for sure be trying this soon!

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  11. I hear nothing but good things when people talk about baking oatmeal, but yet I've never seemed to have tried it. I think I need to remedy that pronto!

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  12. I have never baked oatmeal. The texture looks beautiful...I must try this soon.

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  13. This sounds so healthy and delicious! This is something new to me - I would love to try it soon!

    xx,
    Tammy

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  14. Oh this sounds sooo good... I just might make this for dinner tonight. Sounds just perfect for a dreary day!

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  15. I just made this for breakfast and it was fabulous! I sliced some strawberries and put them on top with the bananas before I baked it... so good! Loving your recipes :)

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