Something has happened to me since I moved to beautiful Vancouver. My love for cooking and blogging and eating bountiful quantities of fresh food has been rekindled. I was in a bit of a slump over the summer with eating my vegetables and consuming enough protein because, well, it was just so bloody hot. At 35 degrees celsius all I wanted to do was slam water and white wine. But now that fall is arriving I’m all jacked up about cooking/baking and eating tons of vegetables and more protein. Call it a fresh start, a new beginning if you will. These blueberry oat bars are legit like i’m in line at Starbucks foaming at the mouth and drooling slash my heart is breaking cause I know i’m not going to order a blue berry oat bar amazing. Did that make sense?? It did to me. The original recipe is from the Skinny Taste website. My sissy who does enjoy healthy food but also isn’t afraid to look me in the eye and say “this is disgusting” after sampling a healthy creation loved this. She had it with a dollop of greek yogurt on Saturday night while we watched documentaries and I swear said “this is like dessert!” Shred junior in the making?? I think so!
Here is the link to the orig, below is the recipe with my adaptations.
Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas
- 2 medium ripe bananas, (the riper the better) sliced into 1/2″ pieces – I’m too lazy to measure, cut em thin
- 1 1/2 cup blueberries – I used fresh – UNREAL results
- 1/4 cup honey (or agave) – I used a little honey and a little apple sauce. Definitely not 1/4 cup because the banana make it naturally sweet – Just like you
- 1 cup uncooked quick oats
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans – Slivered almonds pour moi
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon – I went nuts with the cinnamon, cinnamon is my jam
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup fat free milk (or any milk you desire) – Half almond, half coconut milk, cause i’m wild!
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375° F. Lightly spray a 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ ceramic baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. – I used Earth’s Balance to grease my pan
Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the ceramic dish.Sprinkle half of the blueberries over the bananas, 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon, 1 tbsp of the honey and cover with foil. Bake 15 minutes, until the bananas get soft.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the oats, half of nuts, baking powder, remaining cinnamon, and salt; stir together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining honey, milk, egg, and vanilla extract.
Remove the bananas from the oven, then pour the oat mixture over the bananas and blueberries.
Pour the milk mixture over the oats, making sure to distribute the mixture as evenly as possible over the oats. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries and walnuts over the the top. – I also shook more cinnamon on top and added some shredded coconut.
Bake the oatmeal for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the oatmeal has set. Serve warm from the oven.
****Couple of things to note****
1. This was bomb the next day cold.
2. I had it for three different purposes – Breakfast – Pre workout – Dessert (totally curbed the raging sweet tooth).
3. My brosef doesn’t like bananas so I made this for him with double the oats and fruit and double the liquid egg/milk/vanilla mixture. It had to be baked longer but the results were still great.
Starbucks ain’t got nothin’ on these.