Banana-Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

It was such a gorgeous day, and The Chad and I were able to take advantage of it for painting. Okay…he painted. I ran around for him, cleaned, washed dishes, did laundry…you know…50s housewife stuff.

We’re joining his parents and brother for supper. I hate to go anywhere empty-handed (but that usually doesn’t stop me from going…), so I looked up recipes for a blueberry oatmeal bake. Epicurious had this gem for me. I pretty much followed the recipe, except I messed up the butter. I put it all in. Whoops.

BAKED OATMEAL from Epicurious

ingredients

  • 2 cups/7 oz/200 g rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup/2 oz/60 g walnut pieces, toasted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup/2 oz/60 g natural cane sugar or 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/475 ml milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch/1 cm pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups/6.5 oz/185 g huckleberries, blueberries, or mixed berries

preparation

Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C with a rack in the top third of the oven. Generously butter the inside of an 8-inch/20cm square baking dish.

In a bowl, mix together the oats, half the walnuts, the sugar, if using, the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

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

Arrange the bananas in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle two-thirds of the berries over the top. 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 make sure the milk moves through the oats. Scatter the remaining berries and remaining walnuts across the top.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Drizzle the remaining melted butter on the top and serve. Sprinkle with a bit more sugar or drizzle with maple syrup if you want it a bit sweeter.

I put mine in for 40 minutes. Our oven is older, so it can be a little finicky with bake times. Usually it’s best to go right in the middle of the suggested time.  I’m actually typing this as it’s baking – and it smells like heaven. What is it about cinnamon and sugar? My gosh. It’s kind of torture to see how this will turn out. I used these blueberries that I bought earlier this summer and stuck in the freezer. They are so plump and juicy…I can’t wait to have them again!

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