Sunday, January 22, 2012

Very Berry Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

It looks like winter has finally reared it's ugly head here in mid-Michigan.  I can't really complain since there has been many years where we've had snow on the ground before Thanksgiving. This year we were given a little reprieve and made it until nearly mid-January before the white stuff hit.

Weather like this makes me crave warm and savory comfort foods. The other morning I woke up freezing and couldn't warm up so I decided to start my morning with a boost with this amazing Berry Oatmeal Bake.

I highly recommend giving this a try, especially for those of you who might not be big oatmeal fans because this may change your mind.. This breakfast kept me full for hours and was the perfect boost to get me moving on a day when I didn't want to do much but cuddle in blankets on the couch.

Berry Oatmeal Bake:


1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/8 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of salt 
1/4 cup walnut pieces, chopped
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/8 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cups milk
1 egg (I used egg whites)
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 and spray a medium pan (I use glass/corning ware about 8 inch round) with cooking spray.

Mix all dry ingredients together (strawberries and blueberries included, but save a handful of each out to use later in the process) in one bowl.  Whisk the rest of the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl. 

Pour the dry ingredients into the sprayed pan.  Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and slightly shake to mix the wet ingredients with the dry.  Place the rest of the berries on the top of the mixed ingredients. 

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed and the top is a golden brown. Serve! 

Super Easy! If you're short on time I'm thinking that this could be thrown together the night before and put in the oven in the morning to bake as you're getting ready (if anyone tries, let me know how it works out).