It’s strawberry season everyone! And you know what that means…it’s time to get into that kitchen and put that bounty of incredibly delicious little berries to work! Baked oatmeal is a favorite in our house. In fact, my go to fall breakfast is usually some Baked Apple Walnut Oatmeal. I love it so much that I make it at least once a week when apples are at their best. So when I spotted this recipe for a summertime baked oatmeal featuring one of my favorite fruits, I couldn’t wait to give it a try. This simple yet delicious baked oatmeal is perfect for a lazy weekend morning.
Today marks our fifth wedding anniversary. On June 14, 2008, I married my best friend in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. With twenty-three good friends and family we celebrated for a full week filled with scuba diving, great food, and fun on the island of Grand Cayman! I really can’t believe that it has already been five years!
Happy anniversary Andrew! I love you more than words can express! 😀
Yield: Serves 6
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar, divided
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped, divided
1 cup fresh strawberries, gently rinsed and dried, hulled and sliced, divided
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
1 medium banana, sliced thin
Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray an 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine oats, salt, 1/3 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, half of the walnuts, half of chocolate chips and half of the strawberry slices. Arrange the remaining strawberries, walnuts and chocolate on top of the oats. Then, scatter the banana slices; set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, vanilla, orange zest, butter, and egg. Pour over oat mixture. Gently shake the baking dish to help distribute the milk mixture go throughout the oats.
Bake until golden brown, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the oatmeal from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Turn the broiler on and place the oatmeal back in the oven. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the brown sugar melts. Serve warm.
Source: adapted from Inspired Taste
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