Baked Oatmeal

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

I had every intention of eating myself into food coma after food coma during the holidays. In fact, I took time off work to do so. But on Christmas Eve I came down with something that turned into the full-fledged stomach flu Christmas night. I can't remember the last time I had a fever, I forgot just how miserable it is to be that sick. Most of the time I was either napping or staring at the ceiling — not even episodes of my favorite shows sounded appealing.

I started feeling more like myself over the past weekend, and on Sunday I made up for all of the missed binge watching and eating by running our Roku for 10 hours straight and eating serving after serving of this baked oatmeal, which I will be making again and again. It's fantastic, and I'm sure easily adapted as fruits come in and out of season. I used bananas on the bottom and blackberries, raspberries and blueberries throughout. I think it should be a new Sunday ritual.

Ingredients (serves six): 
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted and chopped
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups berries of your choice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously butter the inside of an 8-inch square baking dish.

In a bowl, mix together the oats, half the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, milk, egg, half of the butter and vanilla.

Arrange the bananas in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle two-thirds of the berries over the top. Cover the fruit with the oat mixture. Slowly drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Scatter the remaining berries and remaining walnuts across the top.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Drizzle the remaining melted butter on top and serve. 

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