It’s summertime NOW and that means BERRIES!!! Lots and lots of berries! Of course, berries are now available year around, but fresh berries taste the best in the summer months because It’s their real season!! This Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal is a great recipe to use up some of those fresh berries available at your local market now.
And, if you aren’t a fan of blueberries, this recipe works well with raspberries, strawberries, blackberries or any other berry around. Or even mix it up and use a combination of several berries. The recipe is lightly sweet thanks to a bit of maple syrup, the banana and of course the berries!
There’s a lot of flexibility in this baked oatmeal. It feels like a meal for special occasions but also a quick and easy solution to breakfast on the go. And, you can still prepare this dish when berries aren’t in season by simply using frozen berries in place of the fresh. Simply thaw and drain them before mixing them into the oatmeal mixture.
This dish is perfect …
- For a brunch buffet
- To take on the go
- To make ahead
- When you need something quick and easy
- For a special holiday or celebration breakfast
Why Oatmeal for Breakfast
Oatmeal has forever been a staple of the American breakfast. From the bowl of hot oatmeal on a cold wintry day or in an easy to grab and go overnight oat jar!!
Oatmeal is naturally gluten free. However, it is often processed in locations that also process ingredients that do contain gluten. So if you are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease, it is important for you to look for oats that are labeled gluten free to avoid contamination.
Oatmeal is also a whole grain and provides many health benefits when included in your meals. Oats come in different forms and the difference between them is basically the amount of processing that they have been through. This process does change the nutritional value of the oats a bit, most specifically to the fiber they provide.
Varieties of oats
Steel cut oats are the least processed of the forms of oatmeal. They also take the longest to cook. I love them though because even when cooked, they have a bit more bite/texture to them than the other forms of oats. However, these oats do require cooking and can’t be used to make overnight oats.
Rolled oats are the more processed than the steel cut oats and take substantially less time to cook. When I am in a hurry or want to make overnight oats this is generally the form that I use.
Quick cook oats and instant oats are more heavily processed of the various forms with the sole purpose of cooking quickly. They do create a much smoother textured bowl of oatmeal and you can mix up a batch in less than five minutes with the quick oats and in a minute with the instant oats. However, I also caution that instant oats also commonly have additional ingredients including sugar added so be sure to check your labels.
According to the USDA nutrition tables, the amount of processing the USDA Nutrition tables doesn’t really effect the overall nutrition. Steel cut oats, rolled oats and quick oats all have similar nutritional values for a 40 g serving (dry).
The main benefit from oats comes from the fiber they provide. A standard 40 g serving provides 4 grams of fiber. Including adequate fiber in your diet will improve your satiation and make you feel full longer. It also works to remove cholesterol in your blood and improves your digestion. This same amount of oats provides only 150 calories, 5 g protein and 2.5 g of fat. Plus it also provides many vitamins and minerals your body needs to function. Including, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, iron, folate, thiamin and much more.
The recipe for baked blueberry banana oatmeal
Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 chia egg, 1 T chia and 3 T water
- 1 T coconut or canola oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups almond milk or other plant-based milk
- 2 T maple syrup
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 large ripe banana mashed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix together all ingredients in bowl and place in a lightly sprayed 8 x 8 baking dish or similar size. Place into hot oven and cook for 30 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.
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Here are some other great breakfast ideas from the blog.