Tuesday, November 20, 2012

banana almond baked oatmeal...

Consider this recipe a "Just because"...

Why?

Because I love you.

I also love a dear friend of mine. Which is why for her birthday last week I decided to whip up a batch of this baked deliciousness and have a nice little birthday brunch get-together. I so needed that time with her. I also apparently "so needed" this baked oatmeal because I couldn't stop eating it. Fatty Por Vida.

My sweet friend has some dietary restrictions so I knew I had to make something for her that would meet her "no wheat, low sugar, no cheese" needs. This totally fulfilled that.

Totally in love. It bakes so nicely- holds together and easily cuts into square servings. The almonds toast on top while baking AND the bananas caramelize! I don't know about you but I'm a huge fan of that caramelized-cooked-banana-thing. I can't eat pancakes without slices of bananas in the batter for that very reason. The natural sugars immediately caramelize when it hits the heat of the pan. YUM! Well, that same flavor- it's found in this baked oatmeal.

Takes about 5-10 minutes to whip up- then the oven does the rest of the work! Perfect for a Sunday morning, brunch, or holiday!

Banana Almond Baked Oatmeal
Serves 6
Recipe adapted from epicurious.com

  • 2 cups oats (quick cooking is totally fine)
  • 1/2 cup untoasted almond slices (2 TBSP saved for top)
  • 2 teaspoons ground flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup organic raw agave (natural cane sugar will work too)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
**You can replace the three different milks for 2 cups of your favorite kind.
  • 1 large organic egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 ripe banana, cut into 3/4" dice

1. Preheat your oven to 375*F and adjust racks to the middle. Butter or grease an 8x8" pan OR a 1 3/4qt glass baking dish (like shown in picture). Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together your oats, all of your almonds but 2 TBSP, flax, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

3. In another bowl, thoroughly combine your agave (or sugar), milk, almond milk, coconut milk, egg, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Set aside.

4. In your baking dish sprinkle 1/2 of your bananas onto the bottom. Next, top with your oat/almond mixture. Finally, pour your milk/egg mix on top. Do not stir.

5. Gently tap your baking dish onto your countertop- allowing any air bubbles to come to surface. Then top with last 1/2 of bananas and remaining 2 TBSP of almonds. 

6. Bake approximately 40 minutes or until puffy, lightly golden brown, and center isn't jiggly. Remove from oven and let sit 5-10 minutes to set.

7. Serve warm.

**You can take it one step further and sprinkle sugar on top 10 minutes before baking time is done. Also, a drizzle more of coconut oil on top before serving would be fabulous.


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