I eat a lot of oatmeal, especially in these colder months when a warm and hearty bowl of oatmeal makes the perfect breakfast. However when I have time, my favorite way to make oatmeal is baking it. I love how the oats bake into what is best described as kind of a soft granola bar that is packed with the flavors of blueberries and bananas. It's filling, healthy, and you can mix things up by adding nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut, chia seeds, or flax seeds. This keeps well in the fridge so it makes a great weekend breakfast with leftovers for grab and go breakfasts during the week.
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Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal
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Preheat the oven to 375 degree. Spray a baking dish (8 X 8 for six servings) with cooking spray or cover with parchment.
Place the bananas (unpeeled) on a piece of foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and once cool, slice. It is fine is they are a bit mushy, in fact they should be soft. You can skip this step for faster prep but cooking the bananas will deepen the flavor and bring out more of their natural sweetness.
In a bowl, mix together the milk, egg, vanilla extract, salt, and honey.
In another bowl, mix together the oats, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add to the milk mixture and stir together. Fold in the blueberries and bananas.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. If you prefer a more custard like (classic oatmeal) consistency, take out at 30 minutes.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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