Maybe it’s stretching a bit to say baked oatmeal can change your life – but it’s certainly something that can put a whole new spin on your morning. It’s delicious, really good for you, and – once you’ve done the preliminary baking – easy and quick to heat up in the microwave, at home or at work.
A batch will last you all week! So here’s a recipe for making your morning easier and more enjoyable, by starting it with the antioxidant power of blueberries and flax, the protein of nuts, and the whole grain wonderfulness of oats.
Step by Step procedure:-
1. Have your ingredients on hand:
– 2/3 cups chopped nuts or unsalted sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
– 2 cups steel-cut oats
– 1 – 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– ½ teaspoon salt
– ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 2 cups of milk of your choice (dairy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc.).
– 1/3 cup maple syrup
– 1 egg (for vegan version, omit egg and increase flax seeds to ½ cup)
– ¼ cup flax seeds
– 3 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil (divided – a bit to grease your baking pan, and the
rest for your recipe)
-1 teaspoon vanilla
– 2 to 2 ½ cups frozen or fresh blueberries (no need to defrost if frozen)
-Your favorite yoghurt as a topping (optional)
2. Assemble your tools – a liquid measuring cup, a dry measuring cup, measuring spoons, a medium mixing bowl (2 quarts or so), a small mixing bowl (1 quart or so), a wire whisk or fork, and a 9-inch square baking dish.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4. Melt your butter or oil, and grease your 9-inch square baking dish with a bit of the melted butter or oil, using a paper towel to get into the corners and up the sides.
5. In the medium mixing bowl, combine the nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Gently mix the dry ingredients with a whisk or with a fork.
6. In the small mixing bowl, combine the milk, maple syrup, flax seed, egg (if you’re using), remaining melted butter or oil, and vanilla. Stir the mixture with a whisk or mix with a fork until combined (be sure the egg gets beaten into the mixture).
7. Add about half the blueberries (1 cup or so) and mix again.
8. Spread remaining blueberries over the bottom of your baking dish.
9. Pour the milk mixture from the small mixing bowl over the dry ingredients and berries in the large mixing bowl. Stir the mixture with a whisk or mix with a fork until combined.
10. Pour the oat/milk/berry mixture over the blueberries already in your pan.
11. Bake for 35-40 minutes; then remove from the oven.
12. Let it cool 10 minutes and cut into the serving-sized portions that work for you.
13. Eat warm from the oven, or if you refrigerate for another morning, just heat a serving in the microwave for 30-40 seconds on high power.
14. Optional: Top with the yoghurt of your choice. I find the oatmeal pleasantly sweet, but add additional sweetener if you prefer.
There! Fun to make, and super fun to eat. I keep this in the fridge just about all the time, ready for a quick breakfast, because it’s a really healthy, yummy and convenient way to start the day.