When I was a post-bacc student, I ate nearly the same thing every day for breakfast: an overnight oat/chia combination with dried fruit and hemp protein. It was delicious, fast, filling, and super nutritious. One downside, though, was that it was cold, which wasn’t always comforting or soul-satisfying in the winter months. At this time of the year, I’m always on the hunt for breakfast options that are as portable as chia pudding or as quick as a smoothie, but which offer the warmth and heartiness that I naturally crave in chilly temperatures.
Baked oatmeal may be my thing this winter. Sure, there’s some advance prep involved, but once the oats are baked, you’ve got at least four easy breakfasts ahead of you. The baked oats will turn firm enough to resemble a bread:
…but if you microwave them or heat them on the stovetop, you can serve the baked oats in a bowl, and top them with maple syrup. It’s a perfect compromise between a breakfast quickbread and a hot porridge.
No matter how you enjoy these oats, they are truly delightful. They’re healthful, too, sweetened primarily with fruit and studded with walnuts, which provide plenty of awesome Omega-3 fatty acids. No blueberries in winter? No problem. I developed the recipe with frozen ‘bloobs, and they worked perfectly.
- 2½ cups oats
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 1 banana, chopped
- 8 ounces blueberries, frozen
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- 2¾ cup almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup (optional)
- Oil an 8 x 8 baking dish and preheat the oven to 350F.
- Mix the oats, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and flax together in a large mixing bowl. Fold in the frozen berries. banana, and walnuts.
- Blend together the almond milk, remaining banana, and sweetener. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and mix well. Transfer the whole mixture to the baking pan.
- Bake the oats for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is browning and firm. Allow the oats to set for at least thirty minutes before cutting into servings and enjoying.
To give the bake even more character, serve it with a schmear of fruit preserves, apple or pumpkin butter, or almond butter. Perhaps you’ll enjoy this warming breakfast on Christmas morning or New Year’s day this year–or perhaps you’ll tuck the recipe in your back pocket to enjoy for the remainder of winter. I’ll be enjoying it along with you.
I’ll be having a quiet Christmas with Steven, my mom, and friends. But on Friday morning, Steven and I will be on our way to Vieques, where my college BFF is getting married this coming weekend. I can’t wait to celebrate with her! The blog will likely be quiet until Sunday, but I’ll be checking in while Steven and I enjoy some vacation time in paradise next week. As always, it’ll be fun to share my travel adventures with you all.