Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

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Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite ways to start the day. It’s such an easy, customizable dish — I basically just throw in whatever fruits I have in the fridge, some oats, some milk, a few other quick ingredients, pop it in the oven, go play with my son in the living room while it bakes, and by the time everyone is up and awake, we’ve got a big, delicious, baked oatmeal to start our day! I used to make my baked oatmeals with some brown sugar and butter, but over time, I’ve found ways to substitute or remove the less-healthy ingredients, while still maintaining that breakfast-deliciousness!

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Baked oatmeal recipe with strawberries, bananas, and chocolate c
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Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal [ Recipe by Neshikot.com ]

Ingredients:
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1.5 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips
3 cups milk (I use 1%)
1/4 cup apple sauce
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1 pint strawberries, washed and thinly sliced
2 small, ripe bananas, thinly sliced

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use butter to grease a 13×9″ baking dish.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips. Next add in the milk, apple sauce, and vanilla extract. Lastly, mix in the sliced strawberries and bananas. Mix together lightly, and pour into your baking dish.

Bake, uncovered for about 35-40 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.

Notes:
If you’d like to keep these even more on the healthy side, you could remove or reduce the chocolate chips. However, since there is no sugar or brown sugar in this recipe, I find the chocolate chips give it an awesome sweetness. You could try reducing to 1/4 cup or even less if you’d like to make it healthier, but still maintain a bit of that chocolately sweetness.

This dish feeds about 4-6 people.

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Mr. Muffin (Egg Free Chocolate Chip Muffin)

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This recipe is dedicated to my friends Jenny and Sammy. Jenny and I have bonded over many things in life, including our babies who were born a month apart, a love of New York City, and… Mr. Muffin. Mr. Muffin is what we affectionately call the chocolate chip muffin from the bakery at Whole Foods. It is gigantic, sweet, fluffy, and filled with little chocolate chips. Over the years, we have come up with many, many excuses to bring each other Mr. Muffin, or to meet at Whole Foods for Mr. Muffin time. So, it’s only natural that I had to come up with a way to make mini-Mr. Muffins at home, with slightly healthier ingredients!

This is my answer to Mr. Muffin — it’s sweet and delicious, but a little smaller, and I substituted oats in place of some of the flour, apple sauce in place of some of the butter, and a healthy portion of yogurt.

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Mr. Muffin a.k.a. Egg-free Chocolate Chip Muffin [ Recipe by Neshikot.com ]

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk (I use 1%)
1 cup vanilla yogurt (I use Vanilla YoBaby)
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup (half a stick) butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (I used 3/4 cup, and they were very chocolatey!)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12 count muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl, mix together the flor, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, yogurt, apple sauce, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients in with dry ingredients, and lightly mix (making sure not to over mix batter). Add in the chocolate chips, and stir lightly.

Fill cupcake liners to about the top of the liner, and bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees, rotating your pan once during baking. After removing the pan from the oven, let muffins sit in muffin tin for about 10 minutes before removing and serving.

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Quick and Easy Berry Baked Oatmeal

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This berry baked oatmeal is an incredibly fast, easy, inexpensive, and healthy way to feed a big group — whether you have friends coming over for brunch, or are looking for a way to feed breakfast for a big family. Because it uses frozen fruit, and most of the ingredients are things I always have stocked, it’s super easy to whip this up anytime I need. It’s so easy to customize, and to try different oatmeal add ons. You could add nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, and so much more.

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Quick and Easy Berry Baked Oatmeal [ Recipe by Neshikot.com ]

Ingredients:
4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups milk (I have used skim and 1% and both have worked well)
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 bag frozen mixed berries
1 bag frozen strawberries

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 13×9″ baking dish.

In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and frozen fruit. Pour this mixture into baking dish.

In the same bowl, mix together the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture in the baking dish, making sure that all of the oats are coated. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, rotating the pan once around the 20 minute mark.

Inspired by:
InspiredTaste and Epicurious

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Raspberry Lemon Oat Muffins with White Chocolate Chips (Egg Free)

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These are THE easiest, quickest muffins I have ever made, and SO delicious to boot! They are sweet — filled with delicious raspberries, lemon flavor, and oh-so decadent white chocolate chips. Although they’ve got some healthy going for them (raspberries are filled with antioxidants! Oats are a healthy alternative to white flour!), they’ve also got plenty of indulgent ingredients. And my favorite part? There are no eggs in the recipe, so you there aren’t any worries about undercooked eggs, or any of the drama that preparing eggs brings along. (Okay, not that much drama. But I still prefer to cook without them!)

When you make them, promise me you will eat one (or two… or three… I don’t judge) while they are warm. They are so moist and scrumptious, they truly melt in your mouth! These muffins are so tasty that my toddler calls them “cupcakes” when he eats them!

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Egg-Free Raspberry Lemon Oat Muffins with White Chocolate Chips [ Recipe by Neshikot.com ]

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 cup quick oats
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup milk (I use 1%)
1 cup whole milk yogurt (I use YoBaby Organic Whole Milk Yogurt)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1.5 cup frozen raspberries (not thawed)
1/3 cup mini white chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12 muffin cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl, mix together the flor, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter, milk, yogurt, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Gently mix wet mixture in with dry mixture, making sure not to over-mix. Add in the white chocolate chips, and lastly, the raspberries (raspberries should be added frozen, not thawed).

Pour batter into cupcake liners, making sure not to go higher than the liner, since they will puff up a bit while baking. Bake for 25-30 minutes total, rotating the pan once during baking the ensure they are baked evenly (I rotate around the 15 minute mark).

Remove pan from oven, and let muffins cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before removing them.

Notes:
To prevent the raspberries from bleeding into the batter, toss berries in a bowl with about 1 tablespoon of flour, prior to mixing into the batter.

Inspired by:
Our Busy Homeschool and Art of Dessert

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Easy Baked Oatmeal with Bananas, Walnuts, and Chocolate Chips

neshikot-baked-oatmeal-bananas-001I am in love with this oh-so-easy, versatile, half-breakfast, half-dessert, baked oatmeal. I make it a few times a week, because it’s so easy to whip together with whatever ingredients I happen to have around, and it’s delicious. You can easily tweak it to meet your needs — if you are looking for something a little healthier, you could reduce or eliminate the sugar and chocolate chips (but really, are you sure you want to eliminate the chocolate chips? I swear, the healthy bananas and walnuts make up for anything bad about the chippies). It is so filling that it will help you maintain energy throughout the day.

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Easy Baked Oatmeal with Bananas, Walnuts, and Chocolate Chips [ Neshikot.com ]

Ingredients:
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted (plus another tablespoon for greasing the dish)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 very ripe bananas (small or medium), peeled and sliced

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter the bottom and sides of a 10.5 x 7″ baking dish. (An 8″x8″ baking dish should also work).

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, walnuts, chocolate chips, and banana slices. Add oat mixture to buttered baking dish. In the bowl, now mix together the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Pour liquid over oats and make sure the liquid has coated all parts of the oats.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until it starts to look golden brown on top.

Notes:
This recipe is easily adapted to whatever ingredients you have on hand. Some ideas: raisins, cranberries, assorted nuts, strawberries, blueberries.

Inspired by:
InspiredTaste and Epicurious

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