Strawberry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Strawberries. Bananas. Bread-like Oatmeal?
Couldn’t get much better than that!
I know that those instant oatmeal packets may seem healthy, but think again! These little deceiving packets contain ingredients like caramel color (super bad!), artificial food coloring (also bad!), and loads and loads of added processed sugar. If you take just a few more minutes, you can have a way more delicious and a much healthier breakfast alternative.

This recipe is a baked oatmeal, so it will take longer to get the final product due to the cooking time. However, it’s perfect for those mornings you need to do something else before you eat. Just spend about 2 minutes prepping and let the oven do the rest of the work.

I have recently started to bake my oatmeal and have found that it really brings out the naturally sweet flavors of the fruit and gives it time to meld together deliciously.
As you may know by now, I love oatmeal. It’s very filling and tastes amazing.
When I bought the HUGE bulk pack from Sam’s Club (two 5 pound bags..) at the beginning of last school year, I thought I had made a big mistake. But, it actually forced me to come up with a variety of flavors in order to not get ridiculously bored with breakfast. Making those oatmeal recipes was so much fun! It kind of jump started my love for creating recipes of my own. I finally finished those bags by the end of the year..it was great timing and a whole lot of oat eating.

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Strawberry Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
Servings 1

Ingredients:
-1/3 cup quick oats
-1/3 cup water
-1 small banana, mashed
-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
-heaping 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-A tiny sprinkle of ginger
-2 to 3 strawberries, sliced
-Small handful of chopped walnuts

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray an oven safe bowl with non stick cooking spray.
3. Mix the oats and the baking powder in the bowl. Then add all the other ingredients. Stir well.
4. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Check and see if it looks jiggly, if not you’re good to go!

It’s not as dry as actual bread so don’t be disillusioned. It is a moist, slightly gooey banana bread tasting delicacy that starts your day, most assuredly, on the right foot.


Ingredient chalk-talk
Oats will not only keep you full for hours, due to soluble fiber, but they can also help prevent heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Oats have a fiber, beta-glucan, that has very beneficial effects on high cholesterol sufferers, lowers blood pressure, and improves immune system defenses. They also contain important minerals like manganese, selenium, phosphorus, Vitamin E, and zinc. Oats are gluten-free, however, if you are gluten sensitive you need to make sure the package shows ‘GF’ to make absolutely certain there is no cross contamination.

An added bonus: Oats are really cheap and can be endlessly transformed into flavorful meals!

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Until next time,

chels

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.”  Unknown

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