If you have been following along with this blog for a while, you probably know that I work a full-time job outside of the home. The end of my day is always a race to pick up my kids because I can’t wait to see them and we usually have activities to get to. Unfortunately, between my office and their school are train tracks. You guessed it………..that train likes to come through just about every day as I am racing to pick up my little ones. Instead of stressing out, I’ve decided to relax and use that train time to browse through Pinterest and my favorite blogs. I now find myself disappointed when there isn’t a train. That’s certainly a change in attitude.
While browsing through Pinterest, I look at all sorts of things. Since I love Real Food, I pay special attention to the recipes. I noticed lots of recipes for baked oatmeal. I had never heard of baked oatmeal. Until now, I always thought of oatmeal as that stuff you eat in a bowl with a spoon. I do know that oatmeal is filling because of its fiber. I like to be full when I’m done eating. I have also read quite a bit that says oatmeal is good for your heart, helps regulate blood sugar and is loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. According to the LiveStrong Foundation “a diet rich in whole grains like oats is a vital way to reduce your risk for (certain) cancers.” Sounds like I better get some more oats into my family.
I love this recipe because it works both for days we are home and can sit down and eat breakfast and for those days when we are running. I also found that these make great snacks before sporting events. They are packed with lots of sustainable energy. No energy crashes half-way through the game.
My kids are pretty picky about coconut. All, except my oldest will tell you they don’t like coconut. They still ate these. Very interesting!
I recommend you buy oats in bulk. This is a great way to save money and always have them available for recipes. I have lots more oat recipes coming so you will want to be ready. They are all so delicious and nutritious. You will soon discover that there is no need to buy the flavored packets of oatmeal. They are just full of horrible ingredients anyway. That’s a discussion for another day. Now it’s time for the Blueberry Baked Oatmeal recipe. I finally decided to try the recipe I found at My Whole Food Life. I liked how she made these in a muffin pan. That makes them perfect for our busy lifestyle. Melissa has lots of great recipes. You may want to stay and visit a while.
- 2 Cups Rolled Oats (I used thick cut)
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut
- 2 Bananas Smashed
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (Melted)
- 2 Tablespoons Real Maple Syrup
- 2 Tablespoons Milk
- 1/2 Cup Blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350*
- Mix all dry ingredients.
- In separate bowl mix wet ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
- Carefully fold blueberries into mixture.
- Using a large spoon or scoop, place mixture into a greased muffin tin.
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Baked oatmeal will be slightly brown on top.
I hope you enjoy these delicious treats as much as we do. I would love to hear from you. Have you ever made baked oatmeal before? Do you sit down and eat breakfast or do you eat breakfast on-the-go?
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