Happy Sunday my sweet friend. I hope your weekend has been treating you well! I would like to take a moment and compare a traditional crisp to a baked oatmeal. The two are very similar, but one is ready for breakfast and one is dessert with just a few (easy) swaps of ingredients. I am a HUGE baked oatmeal fan because I typically take 15 minutes to prep them on Sunday, and I have breakfast ready for myself and my two oldest girls two mornings out of the week. All I do is simply reheat in the microwave and we all have a delicious, healthy breakfast ready to serve before school (and work). It also prevents me from stopping at a drive thru coffee shop and grabbing another bagel or breakfast sandwich.
I accidentally stumbled upon this egg-free delight since I was baking it for myself, and realized half way through I didn’t have any eggs! Creativity is the mother of all inventions right? This turned out AMAZINGLY. The girls and I ate it in two sittings and honestly, I couldn’t get enough of it. Come on, it’s like eating dessert for breakfast, and who doesn’t love that?!
We seem to have a decent morning routine down (thank goodness) since I head back to work tomorrow (Eek… wish me luck!). So what do you think i’m going to do this afternoon? Well you guessed it! Whip up easy mornings breakfasts for the week… and this is on the menu!
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- 2 cups mixed berries of your choice, I used blueberries and strawberries
- 1/4 cup honey (or agave)
- 1 cup uncooked quick oats
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup fat free milk
- 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 375. Cover the bottom of an 8×8 pan with a little bit of cooking spray, and add sliced bananas and 3/4 cup of berries. Drizzle 2 tbsp honey and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon over everything. Cover with tin foil and bake in the oven for about 18 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl add oats, 2 tbsp nuts, remaining cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, salt, and baking powder. Whisk together.
- In another medium bowl, add milk, vanilla, apple sauce and remaining honey. Whisk together.
- When the bananas and berries are done, reduce the heat to 325 degrees. Remove tin foil. In this specific order add the oat mixtures making sure it’s evenly distributed between the berries. Pour the milk mixture over all. Top with remaining nuts (if using) and berries.
- Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until bubbling and the oats are golden.
What can I say… breakfast is a cinch weekdays when I have a trusty baked oatmeal on hand. What re your go-to’s?