Monday, April 18, 2011

yes, baked

I'm not a morning person. I do, however, like having some time to myself before starting the day, so I get things going in the kitchen before waking the boys. When I make baked oatmeal for our breakfast, all the work is done up front, leaving me free to plant myself at the bedside of the boy who insists he'll get up, 'as soon as I get out,' but never does. Baked oatmeal is full of fiber, protein and fruit, and with our bellies full of it, I don't worry the boys will be hungry by the time they get to school.

Baked Oatmeal
by Heidi Swanson, slightly adapted from  Super Natural Every Day

2 cups/7 oz/ 200 g rolled oats
1/2 cup / 2 oz / 60g chopped walnut pieces
1/3 cup / 2 oz / 60g maple syrup, plus more for serving
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
scant 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
2 cups milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups huckleberries, blueberries, or mixed berries, fresh or frozen, or the same quantity of thinly sliced, bite sized pieces of peach or pear

Preheat the oven to 375F, with a rack in the top third of the oven. Generously butter the inside of an 8 inch square baking dish.

Mix together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and half of the walnuts.

In another bowl, whisk together the syrup, milk, beaten egg, half of the butter, and the vanilla.

Arrange the bananas in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared dish. Sprinkle two-thirds of the fruit over the bananas. Cover the fruit with the oat mixture. Slowly drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Gently give the baking dish 'a couple thwacks on the countertop' to ensure the milk moves through the oats. Scatter the remaining fruit and walnuts across the top.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Drizzle the remaining butter on top and serve.

Yield: 6 generous portions


Erin {pughs' news} said...

Oh wow! My mouth is watering. I'm so making this on Saturday morning!

Jenny said...

Yum! And it could easily be gluten free also! This reminds me that I need to buy that book. Her last book is one of my favs. thanks for sharing.

Purple Flowers said...

It is now part of my plan to try this recipe. It looks and reads very healthy and decicious. Thank you for sharing!

RW said...

Off to find myself a copy.

Emily Vanessa said...

You can't imagine my excitement coming here and finding this gorgeous recipe. I'm making this for breakfast tomorrow and will order a copy of Heidi's book very soon.

Laura said...

This looks so gorgeous. I really need to improve our breakfast choices!

likeschocolate said...

My husband would love this and maybe my children though I would have to not use the nuts. Looks delicious!

Emma said...

I'm still waiting for my copy to get to Australia!! I can't wait to start cooking from it.

Your photos have made me even more keen, particularly the last one, it looks delightful.

Ina in Alaska said...

OMG I will DEFINITELY make this. It will also be good for summer guests (who are coming to my house in July) I adore oatmeal, cannot wait to try it. thanks Lecia!!! xo

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

This looks beautiful. Mine is a little different. I'll have to give Heidi's a try.

Sarah said...

wow Lecia - this looks fantastic! My kids love oatmeal and huckleberries. We'll definitely give this one a try

KPiep said...

I truly, truly miss oatmeal. And, I'm debating getting this book. 90% of cooking is now off limits for me, and that just makes me sad .... Especially as I have a whole bunch of great books like this!

Darcy said...

this looks wonderful! I've been trying to think of something to make for easter brunch, so thank you!

Francesca said...

I think I should come over for breakfast one day :)

Sammi said...

Awesome recipe, and thank you again for pointing me in the right direction with the rhubarb recipes! I shall post pictures on my blog just as soon as I've done them :)