Baked Oatmeal with Fruit

It’s not very often that I see a recipe one day and then make it the very next, but that was the case with this recipe.  I knew I had raspberries on hand that needed to be used up, and I had plenty of time to make it. {This was over a month ago by the way. I just never got around to posting.}  I was pretty happy with the results and was excited that I was able to eat the leftovers every morning for the rest of this week since Tim isn’t a fan of oats unless they’re found in cookies.

While I did like this flavor, I don’t think I’ll use raspberries again in the future.  They were just slightly too tart for me.  So, I”ll probably go with blueberries next time, and then after that I might try peaches, or an apple and cranberry combo or cinnamon, apple and raisins. 🙂

*Actually since it took so long from when I wrote this entry to actually adding the picture and posting, I have made it again.  I used 2 bananas, blueberries, pecans, and also added 1/2 cup of ground flax.  Delicious!  I debated pretty hard about adding some coconut, but chickened out.  I’ll definitely try that some other time. 🙂  I probably should have added a little more milk since I added the flax, it was noticeably dryer and I should have know better.

Baked Oatmeal with Fruit

Source:  Annie’s Eats

Ingredients:
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans, lightly toasted, divided {I used sliced almonds}
½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup milk {I used vanilla almond milk}
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced ½-inch thick {I used two bananas}
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), divided {I used fresh raspberries}

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375˚ F.  Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish.  In a medium bowl, combine the rolled oats, half of the nuts, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Stir with a fork to combine.  In a liquid measuring cup, combine the maple syrup, milk, egg, butter, and vanilla.  Spread the sliced bananas in a single layer over the bottom of the baking dish.  Top with half of the berries.  Sprinkle the dry oat mixture over the fruit in an even layer.  Pour the liquid ingredients evenly over the oats.  Sprinkle the remaining nuts and berries over the top.  Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is browned and the oats have set.  Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with additional maple syrup if you wish.

Yield – about 5 servings.

Breakfast Smoothies

Instead of my usual piping hot cup(s) of coffee every morning I have been making these smoothies since the weather turned very warm a few days ago. Yum! I love the coffee-banana-peanut butter flavor! And they keep me full all morning.

To make the coffee ice cubes – brew a strong pot of coffee, let it cool, then pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Transfer to a large storage bag and keep in the freezer.

Breakfast Smoothies
1 banana, sliced into chunks
1 (or two) heaping tablespoon of natural peanut butter {or I have been loving almond butter}
handful of coffee ice cubes (about 6)
1 cup vanilla soy or almond milk

Place everything in the blender, pulse until smooth.  Pour into glass.  Serves 2.

Up next I’m going to try a green monster smoothie:
1 banana (or any fruit/combo)
large handful of baby spinach leaves
1 cup vanilla almond milk
handful of regular ice cubes (or green tea ice cubes)
1/2 cup yogurt
1 tsp honey or agave nectar

It sounds like I need to get some flax seed and protein powder if I’m really going to get into these shakes? Thoughts?

Update 6/21/11:  I made the green monster smoothie yesterday morning and it was ok, but a little on the tangy side and tasted like it was missing something but I couldn’t figure out what.

I used:  1 medium banana that was sliced and frozen, handful of green tea ice cubes, handful of spinach leaves, 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, 2 tsp agave nectar, and about 1/2 cup or so unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  I’m not sure what else it needs??

I guess I’m going to try adding blueberries and strawberries.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

So goes the story of most banana recipes…I had 2 sad-looking bananas on the counter, so I decided to make this recipe.  🙂  The great thing about it is that it can be quickly mixed by hand, so you don’t need to dirty your mixer!  Yummy too!  I’ve substituted blueberries in place of the chocolate chips before too.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

{source: adapted from Taste of Home Cupcakes & Muffins issue}

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:

1-3/4 cups AP flour

1/4 cup sugar

2-1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup whole milk {or whatever milk you have; I’ve used skim and almond milk before}

1 egg

1/2 cup vegetable oil {or coconut oil}

1 cup mashed ripe banana {2 bananas}

1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips {or cinnamon chips or blueberries}

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease or spray a muffin pan.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with a whisk.  In a separate bowl, combine the egg, milk, oil and mashed bananas with a fork.  Stir the wet into the dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Fill the prepared muffin cups.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 5 minutes in pan before removing to wire rack to cool completely.