One of our summertime traditions is to visit a local blueberry farm and do some blueberry picking with friends. The kids always have a blast hanging out together. They also enjoy picking (and eating) blueberries. Meanwhile, the moms appreciate the bounty of blueberries that will stock our freezers for the next year.
William, Tyler and I ended up picking about sixteen pounds of berries this year. Tyler requested blueberry muffins for the morning after our trip to the farm. After eating a few and then making this oatmeal, I froze the remainder of ours for future baking.(I am already trying to find a time for blueberry sour cream pancakes.) I love having a stash of blueberries in the freezer for pulling out to get a taste of summer in the middle of the winter and will enjoy these berries all year long.)
I saw this recipe for oatmeal earlier in the spring and knew I wanted to give it a try. Boy was I glad that I did. It is a little different from the other baked oatmeal recipe I have tried and definitely different from your traditional oatmeal but it was delicious. I loved the combination of blueberries and bananas though in full disclosure I will be honest and say my boys did not enjoy this very much at all. Even though they were not fans, I will be making it again because I loved it and it gives me one other healthy item to add to my breakfast rotation. On the plus side, since William and Tyler didn’t really enjoy it I had leftovers that were still delicious when reheated.
Baked Blueberry and Banana Oatmeal
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1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped and lightly toasted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup milk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 bananas, sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces
1 cup fresh blueberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or spray a 1 and 1/2-quart casserole dish with either butter or cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the oats, half of the nuts, the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, stir until well combined. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, milk, egg, half of the melted butter, and the vanilla.
Place the sliced banana pieces in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle about two-thirds of the fresh blueberries over the top of the bananas, then cover the blueberries with the oat mixture. Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats, making sure to distribute the milk as evenly as possible. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries and walnuts over the top of the oats.
Bake the oatmeal for 35-45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the oats have set.
Remove the oatmeal from the oven and drizzle the remaining butter and sprinkle of brown sugar over the top before serving.