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Recipe: Baked Banana Berry Oatmeal is a surefire winter warmer

Lindsay Guentzel's latest recipe gives you the motivation to get out of bed.
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Lindsay Guentzel's latest recipe is a breakfast favorite, and can last you several days.

The lowdown

Some days you need a little motivation to get out of bed. Especially when the temperature drops. Who wants to leave the comfort of a nice warm bed? No one, that’s who.

But being an adult requires most of us to get up and get going. And for that, we deserve a delicious breakfast that’s also incredibly easy to make. This recipe is a great addition to your weekly meal prep. Not only is it a healthy way to start your day (it reheats so nicely), but it is also simple enough that you can throw it together the morning of while you enjoy your coffee and get ready for the day.

There are a couple of ingredients I want to touch base on because I deem them to be optional. This is how I enjoy my baked oatmeal. You might like yours a little different. That’s awesome! The chia seeds, berries and walnuts are all optional. You can definitely make the recipe without them and it will still be amazing!

Chia seeds are packed full of important nutrients and when they get wet, they balloon up – adding some extra texture to the baked oatmeal. Don’t have them on hand? No worries! Trying to find them at the store? They tend to be shelved in the health or organic section.

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The berries add a delightful pop to the baked oatmeal. I used frozen because it is what I always have on hand (for my daily protein shake) but you could also use fresh berries if you have them. The mix I used had strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries – use whatever you like! They really brighten up the dish.

I love the added crunch of nuts in my baked goods and am so happy with the rich earthiness the walnuts add to the baked oatmeal. Again, not a necessity but highly recommended. Not a fan of walnuts? Almonds and pecans would also be a great addition.

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There is no added sugar in this recipe. I wanted to create something that was delicious and healthy on its own. But that being said, I understand there are picky eaters out there who will be underwhelmed by its lack of sweetness. There are a couple of easy ways to fix that.

Sweeten up each portion with some honey or brown sugar or add some fresh strawberries for some natural sweetness (I prefer mine with honey, fresh strawberries and a sprinkle of chia seeds). Want to sweeten up the entire recipe? Simply add ¾ cup of brown sugar to the batter.

As far as a baking pan goes, I first made this recipe in a traditional 9 x 13 x 2 inch rectangle and it worked great. For photos, I used a decorative casserole dish in a slightly smaller oval shape and had no issues.

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp melted ghee or butter
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 12 oz. water
  • 2 cups frozen berries
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Using hand or stand mixer, mix bananas, oatmeal and ghee/butter in large bowl until bananas are well mashed. Add baking powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon and chia seeds. Mix well.
  • Pour water over batter, mixing slowly. Fold in berries and walnuts.
  • Pour mixture into greased baking dish. Bake uncovered for 40 to 42 minutes. (NOTE: Here is where you can get creative by decorating the top of the baked oatmeal. I used some extra banana slices and just laid them out in a design before baking. See photos for example.)
  • Serve warm.
  • NOTE: If you are making this as a part of your meal prep, make sure to allow baked oatmeal to cool completely before putting into the fridge or freezer.

Like this recipe? Stay tuned to Bring Me The News for all of Lindsay’s recipes and follow her adventures in the kitchen through her social media – @LindsayGuentzel on Twitter and Instagram!

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