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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Baked Oatmeal with Fruits and Nuts

This baked oatmeal is a delicious treat.  Make ahead and heat up for breakfast during the week, if there are leftovers.  Customize with your favorite fruits and nuts.  Hearty, warm, crunchy, sweet and Deliciously Stylish!

Recipe adapted from Inspired By Life:


- 2 cups rolled oats (I used Quick Cooking Quaker Oats) 
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 -1 cup walnut pieces (almonds or pecans would be great too!  Use 1/2 cup if you don't like too many nuts)
- 1 cup berries (I used Strawberry, but next time will do a mix of berries)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional - milk, semi-sweet or dark)
- 2 cups milk (I used 2%)
- 1 large egg beaten
- 3 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2 -inch slices (I am going to add 2 next time for extra banana goodness!)

*The chocolate chips are optional, but make for a decadent treat like breakfast. I'd leave these out for an "everyday" meal


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 2 quart oven safe baking dish with cooking spray

2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half of the nuts, half of the chocolate chips, and half the berries

3. In a separate bowl, mix together milk, egg, butter, and vanilla extract

4. Add the oat mixture to the baking dish. Add the remaining walnuts, chocolate chips, and berries. Add the banana slices in a single layer on top

5. Pour the milk mixture over the whole thing and shake the pan a bit to make sure all the oats get soaked evenly

6. Bake it for 30-35 minutes or until the top is a golden brown and the milk has set

* I covered the dish with foil when there was 5-10 minutes left so that the top didn't brown too much

Serving Suggestion:

- Top with a little bit of brown sugar for extra sweetness
- Drizzle with some maple syrup
- Serve in a bowl with a little milk

Happy Cooking and Happy Styling!

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