Recipe of the week: Fruity Baked Oatmeal

For this week I wanted to share a great, easy breakfast recipe to start your day off on a healthy foot.  This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite websites, budgetbytes.com — Beth’s phenomenal blog is a fantastic resource for economical home cooked meals, featuring easy meals you can make on a small budget.   Like all Budget Bytes recipes, this dish has everything I love in a home cooked meal: simple prep with natural/healthy/easy-to-find/cheap ingredients and a comforting taste. Today’s breakfast menu: Fruity Baked Oatmeal (6 servings)!

All you will need is:

  • 1 1/2 cup chopped fruit (frozen or fresh; it can be any fruit you like, mashed banana, pineapple, apple, mango, papaya, I used a frozen fruit mix with strawbery, pineapple, and peaches
  • 1 1/2 cups (355mL) milk
  • 1 cup (236mL) plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats (aka rolled oats)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F (190C).  Grease a 8×8 baking dish (with non stick spray or butter) and place the fruit to more or less cover the bottom of the dish.
  2. Mix together the milk, yogurt, egg, and sugar until combined.  In a separate bowl mix together the oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, and cinnamon.  Then add the two mixtures together and stir briefly until combined.  Pour everything into the baking dish over the fruit.
  3. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 35 minutes.

 

There you have it!  This dish is almost like a breakfast cobbler — the oatmeal is not as chewy as regular steamed/boiled oatmeal, and with the dairy and fruit has a more custardy consistency.  Top this with a dollop of yogurt or milk and add some chopped nuts or more fruit or raisins and you’re in business.  As you can see, this is a super easy way to get a quality breakfast on the table; it even stores well in the fridge or freezer.  It’s also pretty healthy, providing a solid serving of dairy, fruit and fiber (at least 15-20% of your daily needs) without too much fat (about 5g fat per serving by my count) or added sugar.  Enjoy!

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