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Delicious Baked Oatmeal

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If you live in Jacksonville then you know this rainy day is a great day to make some warm, tasty oatmeal! I’m eating a bowl of it right now… This recipe came from Heidi Swanson’s, of, book ‘Super Natural Every Day.’ That was a confusing sentence. Sorry. I followed it by the recipe but I’m excited to try it a couple different ways too.

The recipe:

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 c of walnut pieces toasted and chopped
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 11/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 c of milk
  • 1/3 c natural maple syrup (or you can use sugar)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled + some to butter the pan
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas cut into 1/2 in pieces
  • 11/2 c mixed berries
the directions:
1. preheat oven to 375 with a rack on the top 1/3 of the oven (this is when I toast the walnuts- I leave them in for like the first 5-6 minutes of the oven preheating)
2. butter an 8×8 pan
3. mix together the first 5 ingredients (oats, 1/2 the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, salt)  in a bowl
4. whisk together the following 5 ingredients (milk, syrup, egg, cool melted butter, vanilla) in a bowl
5. slice up the bananas and line them on the bottom of the buttered pan
6. add 1/2 your berries
7. add your dry ingredients
8. add your wet ingredients and shimmy the pan a little to make sure they make their way to the bottom
9. add the other 1/2 the berries and 1/2 the toasted walnuts on top

10. bake it! For 35-45 minutes

mmmmm enjoy with a nice hot cup of coffee!
Possible changes that I’m thinking about trying:
using multi-grain cereal and honey instead of rolled oats and syrup… hmmm
also maybe deciding on certain fruits, like mango and blueberry instead of banana and mixed berries- if I try I’ll let you know- if you try it- let me know!!

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