Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Can we take one holiday at a time, please? It seems like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all rolled into one great big ball of witches, turkey, and trees. Christmas trees have been spotted in department stores as early as September! I was at my neighborhood grocery store a week ago and saw some fake Christmas tree plants with glitter. I like holidays but I don’t want a confetti of them dropped on my head. I would like to enjoy them as separate events that do not collide with each other and bring onsets of early holiday frustration. *sigh*. I have started my post with a complaint but this one is valid and is in the minds of many, many of you folks out there. I am simply putting those thoughts into words for you so you can feel better without having complained yourself. You’re welcome 🙂

This blog is more than just about random points, various complaints, and frustrating details. It’s about laughter, sharing great food with friends and family, and stuffing our faces.

I have recently formed a deep devotion and love towards baked oatmeal. I think it tastes way better and is more interesting than regular old oatmeal on the stove.  I might just be addicted. My husband likes it so much, he keeps asking me to make it again. And, it’s pretty healthy. I recently made a skillet baked apple oatmeal, which was pretty good and which I will post at some point. Here is my version of a blueberry baked oatmeal.

Baked oatmeal Ingredients

Applesauce I bought from the farmers market, milk, steel cut oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill), Muscovado sugar, which is way more interesting and has a depth of flavor that white or regular brown sugar lacks. The taste resembles that of molasses, deep, rich and sweet. Don’t stick to the script though and feel free to use light or dark brown sugar or honey. An egg, butter, blueberries, cardamom, vanilla extract, cinnamon (I use Vietnamese as it has less of a strong cinnamon taste and smells great!), nutmeg (I like mine freshly ground), salt and baking powder. Breakfast shouldn’t be complicated or take too long. I toasted the steel cut oats for a few minutes with the spices in a pan. To toast or not to toast? I don’t know if it makes a huge difference but you can try both and see which version you prefer. Mine created a bit of powdery dust when I poured it out of the pan;) Turn the oven on to 375 degrees.

Toasted oats
Take a bowl and combine 2 cups of toasted steel cut oats and spices, and add 2 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt.
Batter
Take another bowl and whisk together 1 egg, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 2 cups of milk, 1/4 cup of Muscovado sugar, 3/4 cup of applesauce, and 1 tbsp of melted butter.
Blueberries
Cover the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch pan with blueberries. Throw a few in your mouth. 
Steel cut oats
Sprinkle the oat mixture on top of the blueberries.
Unsweetened coconut layer
I decided right then and there that I wanted to add some unsweetened shredded coconut. I didn’t toast it but you can if you want to. I think flaked coconut would work better in this recipe.
Unbaked blueberry oatmeal
Pour the milk mixture in the pan..
Unbaked blueberry oatmeal
Add some more blueberries on top. Eat some 🙂 I used almost the entire container of blueberries, minus the ones I ate.
Unbaked blueberry oatmeal
Give the mixture a swirl or tow, or three with a spoon or fork to mix it up further. It goes in the oven for about 40 minutes or until it is nice and baked on top and inside. I would set a timer for 30 minutes first and then leave it in more if you need to. 
Baked blueberry oatmeal
Nicely baked and those areas that look burned are not. That’s the Muscovado sugar. 
Baked blueberry oatmeal
You will want to make this every weekend. Be creative and use different berries or add nuts. If you have a nut allergy, try dried fruit or fresh figs. This baked oatmeal actually stayed pretty moist for days. 
Baked blueberry oatmeal
I like to eat this with some toasted nuts (almonds, pecans and walnuts) and yogurt. Happy breakfasting!

Recipe by: Marale Garabetian

BLUEBERRY BAKED OATMEAL

Ingredients:

2 cups of steel cut oats

2 cups of milk

1 tbsp of melted butter

A container of blueberries (small or large and any kind, depends how berry you like it)

1 egg

3/4 cups of applesauce

1/4 cup of muscovado sugar (you can substitute with honey or any other kind of sugar)

2 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp of vanilla extract

2 tsp of cinnamon

1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp of cardamom

1/2 tsp of salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Toast the steel cut oats and spices in a pan for a few minutes if you wish. In a medium bowl, combine the steel cut oats and spices. Add the baking powder and salt and give it a good whisk. In a large bowl, whisk the egg, vanilla extract, melted butter, milk, Muscovado sugar, and applesauce until combined. Layer the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch pan with blueberries. Top the blueberries with the oat mixture. Sprinkle some unsweetened coconut on top pf the oat mixture. Pour the milk mixture on top and add some more blueberries. Give it a good mix with a spoon for even distribution and bake for about 40 minutes or until it is baked on top and inside. Enjoy with toppings of your choice 🙂

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