Berry-nana Baked Oatmeal

Sunday Run-day.   That is what my friend, Luka, and I are now calling our Sunday mornings.

We go for a run together along the Schuykill River, then make a warming breakfast to refuel.  Two weekends ago, I made this berry-nana baked oatmeal.  It was so easy and simple that I was worried it wasn’t going to turn out well, BUT simplicity can yield the best meals.

I already had all the ingredients on hand in my new apartment. I just mixed everything together, and threw it in the oven.  My new, quiet roommates, even asked if they could have a piece after they woke up and smelled the cinnamon and oats…. and they loved it.  I made two batches of this oatmeal last weekend because everyone raved so much.  One berry-nana and another pumpkin spice into which I threw in leftover acorn squash I had cooked earlier in the week.  This recipe is super forgiving and easy to make.

I gave my roommate, Siqi, a lesson on how to make it last weekend too. When the batch I made with Siqi came out of the oven, she took it into her room with my other roommate, Chloe.  Thirty minutes later, an empty pan was in the sink… I guess they liked it?

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The morning spread
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Tori, Gabriella, and Luka

Berry-nana Baked Oatmeal

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped and toasted
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups almond milk (or any milk of choice)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups berry medley fresh or frozen
  • maple syrup (for serving)

Instructions

  1. Line a 9 inch loaf pan or an 8×8 pan with oil or butter. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Mix the oats, half the walnuts, flaxseeds, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and sea salt in a bowl.

  3. Slice the banana and spread over the bottoms of the pan. Spread the berries over the bottom of the pan.

  4. Pour the oat mixture over the fruit.

  5. Mix the almond milk, vanilla, and egg together.

  6. Pour the almond milk over the oats. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to aid in dispersing the liquid through the oats.

  7. Top the oatmeal with the remaining half of the walnuts.

  8. Bake for 30-40 minutes until set and gold on top.

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