Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Baked Blueberry & Banana Oatmeal (Vegan)

Another great recipe find from Pinterest!  The original recipe comes from the website http://www.sohowsittaste.com.  I changed it up a bit to suit ME as I don’t eat raspberries or walnuts.  There’s also a couple other changes between the original recipe and mine as I didn’t have any maple syrup so I substituted and used Mrs. Buttersworth lol … seriously … and it worked out just fine though maple syrup is much healthier (I now use Maple Syrup when making this because I'm trying to eat clean and healthy ... you could even substitute Agave, if desired).  This recipe is absolutely DELICIOUS!  Easy to make and you can just stick it in the frig and have some every morning for at least a week … if it lasts that long!

Baked Blueberry & Banana Oatmeal

1 cup Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
¼ cup Chopped Pecans, divided
½ tsp Baking Powder
¾ tsp Ground Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt
¼ cup Maple Syrup
1 cup Silk Very Vanilla (or 1 cup Milk and 1 tsp Vanilla)
1 Lrg Egg, lightly beaten
2 Tblsp Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled slightly
2-3 Ripe Bananas, peeled and sliced
2 cups Blueberries, fresh or frozen, divided
Preheat oven to 375° F.

Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish.  Place the Oats, half of the Pecans, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, and Salt in a mixing bowl.  Stir to combine.  Combine the Syrup, Milk (and Vanilla), Egg and Butter in a liquid measuring cup.

Spread the sliced Bananas in a single layer over bottom of baking dish.  Top with half of the Blueberries.  Sprinkle the dry oat mixture over the fruit in an even layer.  Pour the liquid ingredients over the oats.  Sprinkle remaining Pecans and Blueberries over top. 

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until top is browned and oats have set.  Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

VEGAN: Omit Egg entirely.  Substitute 2 Tablespoons of EVOO for the Butter and you've got a totally Vegan recipe.  My youngest son and his wife are Vegans and I actually made it this way for them and it was delicious ... the Egg is not really needed AT ALL so there isn't a need to substitute.  They both said it was like eating a dessert ... a healthy dessert!!!