Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Baked Bree Baked Oatmeal

My sister Julie just got married and she is already super-wife. Not only does she pack Nathan lunch every single day, but she also makes him breakfast every single day. When Ellis heard that, he was like, "What?! some wives do that for their husbands?" Soooo....I'm working on trying to be a breakfast-making, lunch-packing wife for him this summer!

The main issue is that I'm a really awful morning person, so it's all I can do to rouse into half-consciousness and give Ellis a kiss goodbye. I seriously think if I trained myself to get up at 6 every day, half of my life problems would be solved. All that is to say that I'm on the lookout for breakfasts that you can make once and then have a bunch of leftovers that actually stay good and reheat.

As is probably obvious, I'm kind of on a food blog SPREE, so I tried Baked Bree's Healthy Baked Oatmeal this morning. Delicious and SO easy!

Here's the pic from Baked Bree--we can just pretend mine was this pretty! ;)

Here we go:

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup toasted and chopped walnut pieces
1/3 cup natural cane sugar or maple syrup (and more syrup for serving)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups milk
1 egg
3 Tablespoons butter melted and cooled slightly
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 bananas
1 1/2 cups blackberries (blueberries, raspberries, or a mixture)

Mix your dry ingredients (only half the walnuts though), then mix your wet ingredients. Chop fruit if needed and lay bananas and half of berries out on bottom. Then add dry ingredients, then wet on top, and stir to incorporate. Sprinkle the rest of your fruit and walnuts on top and bake at 375 for 35-45 min.

Changes I made: trying to make it more WeightWatchers friendly for my mom and a friend, I only used 2 T of butter and only sprinkled walnuts on half of the top, so their pieces didn't have all the extra nuts. Also, it turned out plenty sweet, so you could easily reduce the sugar and add more berries. The berry bites were my fav and next time I'll add more berries than Bree calls for!

AND the best part is that now I have slabs of baked oatmeal ready to go for Ellis' breakfasts so I can be superwife like Julie!

Oh oh! BONUS: Brody likes it! he's so picky right now that I can't count on him to eat anything, but he gobbled it up!

I would like to soak the oatmeal first, but I was paranoid about it making the baked oatmeal all mushy. Any tips?


Abby Aberle said...

Muffins! And other quick breads like scones, banana bread etc. You can make them healthier by subbing natural syrups or sugars and fats other than butter (try coconut oil in sweet baked goods, so yummy!), and maybe even nut flours for wheat flour. If the recipe makes at least a dozen muffins you're all set for a couple mornings.
Also, Nourishing Traditions has a recipe called Zucchini Kiku, which is basically a frittata, if you like eggs for breakfast. It will keep for an extra morning or two, just heat it up. I added chorizo to make it extra breakfasty, I'm sure there are tons of ways to change it up.

Hope said...

ooooh, AWESOME Abby! I've been wanting to start baking with coconut oil! we should have another baking party sometime!

one problem I have with muffins though is not snacking them all up right then and there and then not having any left for breakfast ;)

also, thanks for the NT recipe tip! I love that book, and I love frittatas so it sounds great!!

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness that baked oatmeal looks yummy.

Like Abby said, muffins are an easy option. I got a muffin tin that makes giant muffins so that they aren't a very snackable size for me. And Ryan just grabs one out of the freezer in the morning so I don't have to get up... His fave right now are banana muffins. I put in lots of finely chopping nuts and such to up the protein.

If you guys have a baking party I will wish I was there!!

Hope said...

ha, yes, Sarah! I remember you gave me that freezing muffins suggestion a couple years ago, which first led me to try that and eat them all for snacks, haha! I will have to find one of those giant muffin tins! that sounds so nice!

p.s. why don't you guys just come for a visit and we can bake? :)

Kathryn Church said...

Mm mm yummers! I've been wanting to try out some oatmeals!
I do the super hearty healthy muffins in the freezer too.

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