Thursday, May 30, 2013

Baked oats.

This is such a warm, simple breakfast. 
One of those that you make after your baby falls asleep,
so that waking up before the garbage man isn't quite as hard the next morning.

▲What you'll need:
1 cup oatmeal
1 3/4 cup milk
2 tbs chia seeds (or flax!)
1 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato
1 very ripe banana
1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbs real maple syrup
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt

1 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans!)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbs butter, cold and cut into pea-sized pieces
2 tbs flour

▲What you do:
Combine milk, oats, and chia (or flax) in a saucepan over medium heat.
Bring to a boil, reduce and cook to desired consistency.

Add cooked sweet potatoes, banana, and yogurt.
Mash together (I left mine a little lumpy, I prefer that texture).
Throw in the apple chunks, then the vanilla, maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

Pour oat mixture into a lightly buttered baking dish.

Mix your topping ingredients in a small bowl, preferably with a pastry blender;
chopped nuts, brown sugar, butter, and flour. 

Generously cover oats with the topping.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, then broil on low for just about 5 minutes (watch closely, so as to not burn the topping!)


As I mentioned, this could be thrown together in the evening, and baked quickly in the morning.
I baked mine in the evening, and just had to warm it for breakfast. 
Although, it would be delicious served cold with milk as well.
There are so many ways you can vary this recipe,
I gave a few ideas up there, but another is to replace the apple with dried or fresh berries.

We all loved it and it made enough for two breakfasts. 
Major yum. 


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