Monday, March 12, 2012

Fruity Delicious Baked Oatmeal

One of the things I've made a concerted effort to do more consistently since attempting to eat healthier is to make hearty, healthy breakfasts as often as possible. It can be as simple as eggs scrambled with spinach and bacon, or something a little more time consuming like a frittata or a quiche. After eating savory, eggy things for many a breakfast, I was craving something sweet for a change. Hence, this tasty recipe! It's extremely versatile and so much yummier then regular oatmeal. Give it a try!

Baked Oatmeal
Serves: 8 

2 cups oatmeal (Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free if you are making this GF)
2 cups fruit or berries (frozen or fresh, any kind!)
1 apple, grated
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon (and/or any additional spices)
1/4 cup milled flax (totally optional)
1/4-1/2 cup nuts (sliced almonds, chopped pecans, take your pick!)
1/3 cup brown sugar (or honey or maple syrup)
1 1/2 cup milk (i prefer almond milk)
1 tsp vanilla (or any other extracts such as almond or coconut, be creative!)
1 egg and 1 egg yolk

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9-inch pie plate.
2. Mix the first eight ingredients (through sliced nuts) in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and sugar.
4. Combine the wet and dry mixture and scoop into pie plate.
5. Bake for one hour. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.

Today I used frozen peaches and blackberries for my choice of fruit and sliced almonds for the nuts. Also used almond extract in place of the vanilla and added half a teaspoon of ginger as I thought it would compliment the peaches nicely. As I said, this is a VERY versatile recipe. And it's delicious every time!

Nutritional Info (per serving):  195 Calories, 6g Fat, 230mg Sodium, 31g Carbohydrate, 5g Fiber, 14g Sugar, 6g Protein

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