Blueberry and Banana Baked Oatmeal

I decided to make oatmeal of the baked variety on Sunday (which I have never done before) because my Mom was driving down island to visit for the day and I have owed her bunch for quite a while now. I thought about making something crazy and over the top but after the previous week, including a full day of work on Saturday, that simply seemed unnecessary and way out of the question. I wanted to take full advantage of my morning to sleep in (and by that I mean 7:30 at best) and enjoy the newspaper and coffee in bed. It only took about 10 minutes to prepare then went into the oven so I could go back to enjoying my relaxy morning. I didn’t have high hopes for it, but it turned out so good with all the fruit and spices mixed in. Surprisingly there was even enough left for breakfast this morning!

So whoever said oatmeal was a Fall/Winter breakfast item was a little bit out of their mind. I think oatmeal is a great breakfast throughout the year, especially when blueberries are involved. And it’s a nice change from the typical cold cereal that I usually have. What’s also great about oatmeal is that it’s so hearty and filling that it keeps you full for a long time. Including long time spent condo shopping! Which is what we spend Sunday afternoon doing. It’s amazing first off, how expensive a small box high in the air costs, and also how condos can range from something straight out of the 80’s to something so modern and beautiful. Then you find something so amazing and perfect and realize it’s worth twice your budget because you failed to write down prices when you were busy checking dates and addresses instead. Ah well, dream home you will be mine one day.

Blueberry and Banana Baked Oatmeal
Adapted from 7 Spoons

2 cups of rolled oats
1/4 cup of slivered almond, lightly toasted
1/3 cup of brown sugar
2 tsp of flax seeds
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp of ground cloves
1/8 tsp of ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp of salt
2 cups of milk
1 egg
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of maple syrup
2 medium bananas, sliced
1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
Sprinkle of sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 8 x 8 inch pan with butter. In a medium bowl mix together the oats through salt and set aside. In another bowl mix together the milk through maple syrup, reserving about 1 tsp of the melted butter and set aside. In the greased baking dish, spread the sliced banana evening over the bottom then spread the blueberries over top. Add the oat mixture over top the fruit evenly. Carefully pour the wet ingredients over the oats . Drizzle the remaining butter on the top and sprinkle with a little bit of sugar. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the oats are puffed up and browned on top.  Once dished into bowls add a little milk if desired.  Enjoy!


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