If you know me at all, you know that my favorite foods are anything you can eat out of a bowl. For example: soup, cereal, ice cream, stir fry, salad, you get the picture.
And of course there's always oatmeal! Oatmeal is probably one of the easiest and healthiest breakfasts you can make for yourself. I have shown you three recipes on this blog so far, and today we're going to talk about customizing your own baked oatmeal recipes.
Baked oatmeal is basically breakfast cake, so don't write it off if you think ordinary oatmeal is too mushy. You can also turn it into anything you want it to be! This summer, I have used the pretty summer berries and stone fruit from the farmers market to make a few different flavors.
Above I have photos of a sour cherry and kiwi oatmeal as well as a red currant and gooseberry oatmeal. I also did a blueberry and white current oatmeal, but I can't find the photos! :(
Baked oatmeal is a sweet and filling way to get your day started. If you're not into sweet breakfasts or want to have oatmeal for lunch or dinner, try making it savory with vegetable broth or canned coconut milk. By experimenting with different fruits and spices, you'll get to know your tastes a little better and become more confident in the kitchen!
Here are the basics to get you started!
Make Your Own Baked Oatmeal
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35-45 minutes
2.25 c. rolled oats
2 tbsp. sugar (coconut, date, brown, Sucanat, etc.); omit if you want to go savory
Spices: up to 1 tbsp total; go sweet with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, or cardamom; try savory with dried herbs, turmeric or curry powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika (I bet it would be okay if you threw in 1/4 c. of cocoa or cacao powder for chocolate oatmeal!)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. unsweetened non-dairy milk, water, or vegetable broth
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana, pureed pumpkin or squash
1/4 c maple syrup, date syrup, brown rice syrup, honey or vegan honey, or maybe swap out a tablespoon or two with molasses; omit for savory
2 tsp. vanilla extract, almond extract, mint extract, etc.
3 cups of chopped fruit or veggies! Go with what's in season! I recommend at least two different types.
Optional: Chopped nuts, seeds, or other toppings
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish.
- In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients above (all the dry ingredients) together and mix together.
- In a medium bowl, combine the rest of the (wet) ingredients, except for the fruit, and mix together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in your fruits and/or veggies.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared casserole dish. Top with nuts, seeds, or your other great topping ideas.
- Cook the dish uncovered for 35-45 minutes, or more or less depending on your oven.
- Allow the dish to cool for 5 minutes before digging in!
I hope you found this helpful and maybe inspiring to start experimenting more in the kitchen in general. Sometimes it's hard to do your own thing without a recipe; I've certainly been there. (How do you know what things are going to do if you just throw random stuff together?!) But the more you practice and actually fail and maybe sometimes succeed, you'll start to realize how it all works. Now go forth and conquer the kitchen!