Baked Strawberry Oatmeal

June 13, 2012

 

I love the summer time, almost everything
is in its peak of freshness and (even better) it’s often on sale! Case in
point, I was in the grocery store the other day and they had an incredible sale
on fresh, ruby red strawberries. $1.99 for 4 lbs. Seriously. That’s incredible.
The problem with buying in bulk, however,
is that you have to eat it quickly before it goes bad. Seeing as there are only
two of us in our home, and I hate throwing away
food, the pressure was on for me to create some new strawberry recipes before
they turned to mush.
Strawberry smoothies, strawberry muffins,
strawberry pancakes, the list goes on and on, but the recipe that really shines
from this week of strawberry goodness is my baked strawberry oatmeal.  If
any of you grew up eating those flavored oatmeal packets from Quaker as a child,
this baked oatmeal is reminiscent of the ‘Strawberries and Cream’ flavor, but So. Much. Yummier.
Just like my baked pumpkin version from a
few months ago, this strawberry baked oatmeal is warm, creamy, and perfectly
sweet, with the delicious addition of juicy fresh fruit. YUM!

 

How to eat it? I enjoy my oatmeal served as
is, perhaps with a drizzle of almond milk, but for a truly special treat, I
will top it with extra berries and a dollop of whipped cream. Make a big batch and keep it in your fridge all week for a
tasty on the go breakfast that will keep you full for hours.
Paula’s tips: I have made this at least
three times in the past few weeks, and I have also tried it with thawed,
chopped, frozen strawberries. I was quite pleased with the results; the flavor
was spot on, though the red color of the strawberries was not quite as vibrant.
If you have the option of using fresh, I would definitely recommend it, but if
you are in a pinch, feel free to substitute frozen. The flavor will still be
incredible.
Enjoy!
What is your favorite on the go breakfast?
Let me know below!

Baked Strawberry Oatmeal

Serves 8
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats (gluten free, if desired)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup brown sugar (depending on desired sweetness…I use 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk (or whatever milk you have on hand)
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
  • Desired toppings: extra sliced berries, whipped cream, milk etc… (optional)
 
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl mix together all ingredients until well incorporated.
  4. Transfer mixture to baking dish.
  5. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or until set.
  6. Enjoy!

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