Monday, January 27, 2014

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

I usually make something for breakfast on the weekends. Usually John wants something with eggs, since all week long we all kind of fend for ourselves with bagels, English muffins, fruit, cereal, frozen waffles, or instant oatmeal. It is also a great way to kick off the weekend by having a cozy breakfast together and begin enjoying the time we have to relax and regroup before another busy week begins!

Even though we usually have eggs for at least one day on the weekend, it is fun to try out new recipes too. There are so many great breakfast recipes out there now that I would love to try like, oven french toasts, cinnamon roll pancakes, and baked oatmeal recipes it is hard to know where to begin, but since I had some frozen blueberries in the freezer, I decided to start with some Baked Blueberry Oatmeal.  After looking at a bunch of different recipes, I combined a few and created my own!  It turned out yummy! It has a cakey/pudding like consistency, and it was a warm hardy breakfast to begin our weekend... a perfect choice for this cold snowy Michigan winter we have been having!

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal
3 cups old fashioned whole oats (I used quick because I used up all my whole oats making granola this week!)
1/2 cup nuts/optional (I used pecans)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups milk
1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar (I used Splenda brown sugar blend but I think I will try an alternative sweetener like agave, honey, or maple syrup next time) 
3 cups fresh blueberries (I used frozen because it is winter and they are really not in season... you could use any fruit you like too!)

Directions:  Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a 8 x 8 or 7 x 11 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Mix dry ingredients in a medium size bowl (except sugar). Combine wet ingredients and sugar in a small bowl, whisking egg until blended and mix until sugar is dissolved.  Pour the egg/milk mixture into the bowl of oat mixture and combine well.  Pour half of oatmeal into prepared pan and spread 1 1/2 cups of fruit on top.  Pour other half of oatmeal mixture on top of fruit and spread.  Place remaining fruit on top and press in slightly. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until it is set.  Serve warm with a drizzle of milk or cream on top!

Cooks Notes - This could be made with fresh or frozen fruit with a lot of variations like, strawberries, bananas and chocolate chips, raspberries and almonds, pineapple, coconut and bananas, or strawberries, granola, and cream (strawberry shortcake)! Wow the possibilities are endless!  Be creative, be healthy, and enjoy!

Mix dry ingredients

Mix wet ingredients

Whisk egg with wet ingredients until well blended

Add nuts to dry ingredients and stir

Mix wet and dry ingredients together

Spread 1/2 of oat mixture into the bottom of a sprayed 7 x 11 or 8 x 8 pan

Use fresh or frozen fruit

Spread 1/2 of fruit on top of oat mixture in pan

Cover with remaining oat mixture

Place remaining 1/2 of blueberries on top and press into oat mixture slightly

Bake in 375 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes until set

Scoop out into a bowl and serve with toppings of choice 
like milk, cream, syrup, or brown sugar

Yummy!  A great way to start your day!

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