Delicious meets nutritious in this comforting breakfast option.
Do you ever have guests staying over and you can’t figure out what to serve for breakfast? You don’t want to serve something boring like toast and cereal, but you also don’t want to go all-out by making an extravagant meal. For me, this Blueberry Baked Oatmeal is a perfect choice. It’s a baked casserole you can serve early in the morning before a big day out, or you can serve it for brunch as the star of the show. For me, you can’t go wrong with this dish!
What I Love About It
This isn’t your typical porridge-y stovetop oatmeal we’re talking about here. Honestly, I think of it more like an warm oatmeal cookie. It’s got a little bit of chewiness from the oats, crunch from the pecans, and bursts of sweetness from the blueberries. It’s especially great to serve if anyone has any allergies or diet constraints because it’s dairy-free, meat-free, and made with all-natural ingredients.
And did I mention you can assemble this the night before? That’s right! Just take it out of the fridge in the morning and put it in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes (maybe a few more minutes if it didn’t have time to get to room temperature). You can even serve it like a dessert. But instead of vanilla ice cream, mix some nonfat Greek yogurt with a small amount of honey and/or vanilla extract and dollop some on top of the blueberry baked oatmeal. Yum!
If you have leftovers, which you might because it’s so filling, it’s also easy to store. You can cut the blueberry baked oatmeal into squares and then wrap them individually in an airtight zip-top bag. Store them in the freezer and when you’re ready to have one, simply microwave a square until heated through.
The Great Thing About Oats!
Well, actually, there isn’t just one thing, there are many great things about oats. That’s because they’re one of the healthiest grains on the planet! They’re a complex carb, gluten-free and chock-full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Studies have shown they are great for weight loss by satisfying hunger pangs, reduce the risk of heart disease, and lower blood sugar levels. Because oats are so filling, they also make you eat less as well. The rolled oats we recommend in this recipe will provide a great chewy base for all the other tasty things we will be adding.
A Healthier Alternative to Other Baked Oatmeal Recipes
I love this recipe because I’ve substituted all the unhealthy ingredients out for healthier alternatives—and it’s still so amazing! I use unsweetened almond milk instead of regular milk, coconut oil instead of butter, coconut sugar instead of refined sugar, and whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.
Of course, you probably already know about the health benefits of blueberries! Low in calories, high in nutrients and anti-oxidants, blueberries are truly a superfood. Oh, and then there’s the taste. Our oatmeal is chock-full of mouth-pleasing luscious blueberry pop!
Adding pecans to our oatmeal also serves a purpose. Not only do they add a flavorful, fun crunch, but pecans are another awesome food. Pecans provide a host of great benefits including healthy fats, protein, minerals, and vitamins such as B6, vitamin A and C, and folic acid.
While this casserole can stand on its own quite well, you may want to serve something on the side. I would recommend something cold and fresh like a fruit salad. Or a nice refreshing smoothie to start off your day, such as a healthy coconut banana green smoothie or a blueberry banana smoothie.
Regardless of how or when you serve this wonderful oatmeal, we’re sure you and your family and friends will love it. Give it a try and let us know what you think! It’s great to start the morning off with something that tastes great and is good for you, too!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1/3 cup pecans chopped
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk the rolled oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and coconut sugar.
In a separate bowl, whisk the coconut oil, almond milk, eggs and vanilla extract.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon. Then stir in the blueberries.
Pour the mixture into the prepared dish. Top with pecans. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
You may have to bake the oatmeal a little longer if using frozen berries.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
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