Baked Oatmeal with Bananas and Berries

 This fruity baked oatmeal with bananas and berries is the perfect breakfast to bring to a potluck brunch! 

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A few weeks ago in my yoga class, we discussed the concept of dharma. It's a complicated concept, and I don't think I got it 100%, but what stood out to me most was the importance of building your life around your strengths and the activities that make you happy.

After class, I kept thinking about dharma and how to incorporate the principle into my life and my mind kept going back to this little blog. As much as I love my job, writing here taps into my creative side - it brings me joy! And that joy from blogging has brought new energy and life to my real job.

Today's recipe is adapted from the first blog I ever subscribed to, 101 cookbooks. I started reading it right after I became a dietitian - it's actually what initially inspired me to start a blog. 101 Cookbooks is where I first learned how to use many natural ingredients and create food that's tasty and nourishing.

Baked Oatmeal with Bananas and Berries
Serves: Serves 6
Baked Oatmeal with Bananas and Berries Author: Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE Serves: serves 6 or 12 if part of a large brunch spread
Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups
  • 2% milk, unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk (not the canned kind - too thick for this recipe)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced into
  • 1/2 in rounds
  • 1 1/2 cups berries, fresh or frozen
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray the inside of an 8-inch baking dish with oil.
  2. In a bowl, mix together oats, half the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, mix together the maple syrup, milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.
  3. Layer slices of banana on the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle 1 cup of berries over the bananas. Cover the fruit with the oat mixture. Carefully pour the milk mixture over the oats, giving the baking dish a good tap to make sure it settles in. Sprinkle the remaining berries and walnuts over the top.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes until set with a golden brown crust. Remove and let cool slightly before slicing.