Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal


 If you’re into meal prep (& even if you’re not) this hearty dish is the perfect meal for breakfast, full of flavor and healthy foods! Lightly sweetened with maple syrup, bananas, and blueberries, this baked oatmeal has no artificial sweeteners and is also gluten-free, vegan-friendly, & free of refined sugars.




Honestly this, along with pancakes (check out this pancake recipe I make almost every Sunday) and overnight oats, is one of my favorite go-to breakfast meals. This oatmeal dish keeps me full for a longer period of time because it’s full of fiber + healthy fats + satisfying oats.







PROTEIN OPTION: * For an additional protein boost, add 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein powder. I recommend using a vanilla or berry flavored protein powder. To keep it vegan, choose a vegan protein powder and to keep it refined sugar free, check the labels! For 1 scoop of protein powder, add an additional ¼ cup almond milk. For 2 scoops of protein powder, add an additional 1/3 cup almond milk.

Ingredients

2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
½ cup almonds, chopped and divided
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon egg replacer (mine consisted of chia seeds and garbanzo beans)
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ bananas, peeled and sliced into coin sized pieces, about ½ inch thick, divided
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (or any berry of your choice), divided

* tip: if using strawberries, I would chop them for this recipe

Optional Toppings: coconut cream, a drizzle of maple syrup, and fresh blueberries


Method

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat an 8x8” dish with non-stick spray (or additional ghee) and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together oats, ¼ cup almonds, cinnamon, and salt.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together syrup, milk, egg, and vanilla extract.

4. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir until well combined.

5. Stir it 1 cup of the bananas and 1 cup of the berries.

6. Pour oatmeal mixture into prepared bowl and sprinkle the remaining bananas, berries, and almonds on top.

7. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden brown and center is set.

8. Remove from oven and let cool for about 20 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Makes 16 servings
1 serving is about ½ cup oatmeal (without additional toppings)

Macros for 1 serving
138 calories, 3.4g protein, 19.8g carbs, 5.6g fat, 10g sugar, 2.8g fiber



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