Baked Oatmeal

I have never been a big breakfast person.

But it’s the most important meal of the day, right?

Yes. I think that is unfortunately true…

I’m the person they are talking to on those Special K commercials. The one who has a cup of coffee in the morning and considers that breakfast.

I am a disgrace to health experts who have been telling me for years to eat a “hearty breakfast”.

“It will help with your grades, lower your weight and your set your positive energy and good mood for your entire day…probably all true.

So many statistics leaning towards breakfast…

Breakfast:1

Bethany: 0

My mom used to try everything under the sun when I was a kid.

She made smoothies and protein shakes, waffles, pancakes, cereal, toast, YOU NAME IT.

It didn’t work.

But then in about 3rd grade a trend began to form…

Each day around 10 o’clock I would ask to go to the office because I didn’t feel good.

I would call my mom (crying every time) and tell her I was sick and needed to go home.

Nope. I wasn’t going home.

I wasn’t going home because I wasn’t sick, I was hungry.

So my sweet little teacher talked to my mom and actually let me have a snack around 10 each day.

I still get crabby and feel sick around 10 o’clock…but I’m usually prepared with a snack.

I do like breakfast.

Actually, I love breakfast.

It is so delicious and there are so many phenomenal breakfast foods that are up at the very top of my favorite foods list.

I especially love giant breakfasts after a long night of cocktails…greasy egg sandwich to the rescue!

Brunch.

Brunch is a whole other story.

Brunch is suuuupppperrrr trendy right now.

I just so happen to be a big huge fan of brunch on the weekends as of late. (Mikey is obsessed with brunch and is loving the fact that lately I have been wanting to go to brunch. However, he claims I only like it because it’s trendy….I don’t think he’s right. But he may not be totally wrong…all I do know is that there is always amazing food and a full cup of coffee.)

My final tidbit about breakfast is this:

And it’s a tough pill to swallow…

Bacon.

Bacon is the dessert, love and foundation of America.

Bacon is also trending right now.

Especially in dessert!

And I hate bacon.

The smell, the flavor and even the thought make me cringe.

I had a bad experience with it once in high school and I can’t go back.

The quick version is this: I was sleeping over at my lovely friend April’s house. Her dad, who’s amazing, was making us breakfast. We were in the dungeon that is their basement sleeping and had no idea he was upstairs cooking up a storm. We came up the stairs and opened to door to a cloud of bacon smell. I was instantly sick and proceeded to  run outside and puke in the driveway.

We were 17, no alcohol was involved.

Maybe one day I will be able to have bacon again…but until then, you will never see it on this blog.

Sorry.

This is a super tasty, super filling and delicious baked recipe.

For those of you who know my mom, this is NOT her baked oatmeal.

That is still a secret 🙂

But this one is almost as good!

And so good for you too!

Recipe: Baked Oatmeal

1 Cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

3/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Pinch of Salt

1/4 Cup Maple Syrup

1 Cup Milk

1 Large Egg, lightly beaten

2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted and slightly cooled

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2-3 Ripe Bananas, peeled and sliced 1/2-Inch Thick

1 Cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen), Divided.

(if you like, you can include 1/4 cup walnuts, pecans, almonds or any nut of your choice)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish. In a medium bowl combine the rolled oats, (nuts if using), baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, milk, egg, butter and vanilla. Spread the sliced bananas in a single layer over the bottom of the baking dish. Top with a few of the berries. Sprinkle the dry oat mixture over the fruit in an even layer. Pour the liquid ingredients evenly over the oats. Sprinkle the remaining berries over the top. I then sprinkled a little brown sugar and cinnamon over everything, which I recommend you do too.  Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the top is browned. Serve with vanilla yogurt, extra berries or pecan, walnut or almond slices.

 

I found this recipe on Pinterest, once again. It is from a cute blog called, annieseats. Check her out!

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4 thoughts on “Baked Oatmeal

  1. It was an oatmeal week…I made baked oatmeal for my bible study on Wednesday! Love you. Love that I get to know you better every time you write

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