It’s colder outside and the holidays have commenced, along with parties, feasts and general festive chaos. To help balance everything that comes with the season, I recommend a dose of healthy baked oatmeal for breakfast. Bake a pan of it on Sunday or Monday night and enjoy portions throughout the week, or serve it up for a weekend breakfast. A hearty warm serving will start your morning right on a chilly day, while the health benefits will keep you full through the morning and help battle some of the treats from holiday parties. Plus, the convenience can’t be beat.
Healthy Baked Oatmeal
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 c chopped almonds
*1 c raspberries
*1 c blueberries
1 ripe banana, sliced
*2 c almond milk
3 tbsp butter, melted
3 tsp vanilla extract
*I used frozen berries, as that’s what I had available in my kitchen, but you can use fresh or frozen (you couldn’t tell they had been frozen). And while I used almond milk, you can use dairy or coconut milk in it’s place.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9×12 baking dish with cooking spray.
Mix together oats, baking powder, cinnamon, almonds and berries, and evenly distribute into the baking dish. Top with banana slices.
In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract and pour over the oat mixture.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until set and the top begins to lightly brown.
Note: This recipe was adapted to a healthier version from a recipe found on Pinterest, which I intended to link to and note the differences; however, the original recipe doesn’t seem to exist any longer. Major differences include omitting brown sugar and chocolate chips, and substituting almond milk for dairy.