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!
Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal [ Recipe by Neshikot.com ]
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
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.
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.