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April 21, 2011

Berry Studded Baked Oatmeal

baked oatmeal

I already have 3 food related posts in my queue, but somehow I feel this great sense of urgency to share with you what I ate for breakfast this morning! Those posts will have to wait because you have breakfast to make this coming weekend and you'lll WANT to make this, no doubt. Let me start by saying that I almost NEVER make oatmeal and I'm not really sure why! My husband, who is a total oatmeal lover, gets the short end of the stick on this one. He's been away for work for the past few days and I thought it would be nice to welcome him back with something warm, sweet & tasty for breakfast this morning. You know...to make him realize how good he's got it at home! And yes...he already KNOWS this! After he finished the big bowl I served him, he said "This was excellent. I really loved it!"Β  And that, my friends is reason enough to make this. Your favorite oatmeal loving person will be happy and that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you make something JUST right for someone special? That's nothing BUT love!

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So, what does it taste like? Think rice pudding meets bread pudding meets berry cobbler meets oatmeal mixed with tart berries and sweet gooey bananas. Also, can we say how EASY it is? Line fruit on the bottom of a baking dish, add oats, then milk, top with more fruits & nuts and bake. I think this is going to be one of those recipes that becomes an improvisational staple at my house. Just thinking of the potential flavor combos has me excited! Ooh! What about crystallized ginger, honey & almonds? What about something savory with bacon, maple syrup & bananas?! I told you I was excited...

And we're off!

Gather your ingredients together! I used frozen berries for this.

berries!

Mix the oats together. Now mix the eggs, vanilla and half of the butter. WHISK!

milk egg vanilla butter

Line the bottom of the buttered baking dish with bananas.

chop chop chop

Toss some blueberries & raspberries on top.

berry & banana lined

Lay down the oat/walnut mixture and now top with the milk mixture!

pouring in the milk

Top with more berries and then walnuts....now BAKE!

off to the oven!

And look what you've got here....drizzle the remaining melted butter on top!

fresh out of the oven

A corner piece? FOR ME???

corner piece!

Don't mind if I do....

The recipe makes enough for 6, which means we'll be eating it for the next few days. Honestly, I couldn't be more excited.

Berry Studded Baked Oatmeal

Recipe serves 6

(recipe adapted slightly from the Super Natural Every Day Cookbook)

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar or maple syrup (plus more for serving)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups whole milk, plus more for serving
  • 2 large eggs (original recipe calls for 1)
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, melted & cooled slightly
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed berries (I used 1 cup frozen blueberries & 1/2 cup frozen raspberries)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Generously butter the inside of an 8 inch baking dish. (I used a 9x13 dish)

In a bowl, mix together the oats, half of the walnuts, the sugar, baking powder & cinnamon.

In another bowl mix the milk, eggs, half of the butter and vanilla. Whisk until well combined.

Arrange the bananas in a single layer at the bottom of your baking dish. Sprinkle 2/3 of the berry mixture on top. Pour the oat mixture on top and then slowly drizzle the milk mixture on top of that. Give the baking dish a few thwacks (love that word!) on the kitchen counter to make sure the milk moves all around the oats. Scatter the remaining berries and walnuts on top.

Bake in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and let cool. Drizzle the remaining butter on top and serve. Drizzle maple syrup on top and top with a little bit of milk. Enjoy!

***Shutterbean Notes***

-original recipe calls for huckleberries. I used frozen blueberries & raspberries.

-original recipe has 1 egg. I used 2.

-original recipe also uses calls for a scant 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the oat mixture. I used salted butter instead!

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  • Katrina

    Baked oatmeal makes me swoon! Love this recipe. Breakfast makes me happy.

  • Vanessa

    Mmh this looks SO good. I'm obsessed with Heidi's new cookbook!! I have bookmarked probably half the book. You should top it with some brown butter!! [Learned that from the cookbook too. Genius] :-)

  • DessertForTwo

    I'm making my way thru Heidi's new book, but I haven't made this yet! I saw that you omitted the salt. I typically do that too, but with Heidi's recipes, I find that the amount of salt she calls for is perfectly balanced and delicious. I made the oatcakes last night with 3/4 teaspoon of salt, which seems like a lot but I went with it, and I was rewarded with sweet cakes with a touch of salt. The maple syrup & salt combo is addicting!

    Thanks for pushing this recipe to the top of my list :)

  • Allison

    I made this recently after seeing it on http://www.lottieanddoof.com/. I made mine with toasted pecans instead of walnuts, and I used all fresh blueberries and maple syrup. So delicious!

  • Noemi

    This looks incredible! Can't wait to try it myself!

  • melanie

    is the baked oatmeal very eggy? i have a hard time digesting eggs so while i love love LOVE oatmeal, the eggs freak me out. let me know, thanks! would love to try this sometime.

  • erica

    omg. im currently really obsessed with oatmeal. especially eating it for dinner. do you think i could omit the egg, or use flax seed/water combo to make this vegan?

    • Tracy

      I'm pretty sure it would work! It won't be as "spongy" but as long as the oats are baked with liquid, they should cook nicely!

  • The Duo Dishes

    Sharing this with a friend immediately!

  • Marine

    Wow looks super healthy and delicious :) I usually hate eating breakfast but this is enoughto motivate me.

  • jules

    i love this. i think i'm needing some bananas and berries on the double!

  • Jessica

    Oh, man. I love oatmeal, but also don't make it often enough, and have certainly never baked it. I also love Heidi's recipes and clearly need to get her new book! by the way, your photos are always great, but I feel like these are especially nice. :)

  • Sarah K.

    Oh man, I wish I'd seen this post yesterday so I could have made this for breakfast this morning...I can't wait to try it!

  • Foodiebia

    This looks like a great recipe. I can't wait to try it. Anyone else think it almost looks like that cereal, Cap'n Crunch with Berries? I think it was just the first picture, but when I saw it I had a flashback to that cereal (which I always hated for some reason). I have a feeling this recipe tastes nothing like Capn' Crunch!

    • Tracy

      I wish I was able to have that cereal when I was a kid....honey nut cheerios was the extent of the sweet cereals we were allowed!

  • erinlucy

    i made this for Easter Sunday breakfast this morning and it was a huge hit! So delicious, thanks for the recipe lovely!

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  • jules

    i babyfied your recipe and it's exactly what i've been looking for. and now my kidlet smells like berries and cinnamon every morning and it's oh so sweet!! thanks!

  • Allison

    Oh my goodness I have never seen an oatmeal dish look this delicious. I get sort of bored with basic oatmeal, but this makes me want to go out and buy oats pronto!

  • Stacy

    This looks really good and more importantly really easy. I don't always have berries on hand cause in my house the minute they enter the home the get inhaled by the children, but I try to always buy large amounts of frozen berries (kids eat those like candy too). Anyway I'm guessing from photos you used frozen berries so looks like I've got all the ingredients on hand! will let you know how the kids like it they are not huge oatmeal lovers- well 2 of them are the rest must be converted. Thanks!

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  • Erin Louise

    This looks freaking amazing. To bad my husband doesn't like oatmeal...I guess I will have to eat the whole thing by myself...bummer :)

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      Too bad! BUT! It freezes really well. I put individual servings in sandwich baggies & flattened them to stack. Take them out and put them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and you have a QUICK tasty breakfast. Doesn't matter if he doesn't like oatmeal now!

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  • Jen

    I made this over the weekend..delish!
    I am curious if there is a way to make a more nutty/granola-ish variation of this????

  • Mia

    This looks great. Is it possible to make the evening beforehand and would you recommend then just microwaving it, or is it best to make fresh in the morning, in which case are there are preps that can be done in the evening beforehand? Both me and my little boy are ravenous first thing so can't hang about for too long ;)

    • Tracy

      Yes! it's great microwaved. You just might need to add some milk to make it a little more moist. It actually freezes really well too!

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  • sassygirl

    this is a GREAT breakfast. I made it the night before...in a Staub cast iron pot and halved the recipe.
    let it cool and divided it in half again and put both containers in the fridge overnite. used raw mulberries and goji berries
    in place of blueberries, etc. lots of cinnamon! pecans replaced walnuts. chia (egg) replaced egg. unsweetened
    almond milk replaced dairy. baked it a bit less for smaller sized recipe. love it cold. delish! thanks for
    sharing!

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