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Strawberry Baked Oatmeal

You guys.

I don't even really have words for this recipe. It's one of those recipes that comes into your life and Neil Patrick Harris pops into your head shouting...Legen...wait for it...dary! It's that good. I don't break out the NPH references for just any old dish.

For my mom's birthday brunch, I really wanted to make a baked oatmeal. Why, you ask? I'll tell you. When Shaun and I went rafting down the Montana River in Yellowstone National Park last summer, we went on an overnight camp out.

And one of our guides made one of the best (non-pancake) breakfasts I've ever had. Baked oatmeal. It was sweet and filling and just the perfect breakfast on a chilly Montana morning. Oh and if you have the means, I highly recommend a trip out west. It was an amazing adventure. And if you want to raft in Montana, I have to give a shout out to Flying Pig Adventures where we did our excursion. It was really fantastic.

But back to the food. So I really have been wanting to recreate this dish since last summer. I finally came up with an oatmeal dish that was not only the surprise star of Mom's birthday brunch, but it's easy and healthy enough for a weekday breakfast. Oh and did I mention that it can be made in advance and reheated in the microwave? And still taste just as fabulous as day 1? Well it can. And it did.

It's sweet, firm and flavorful, not mushy and gruel-like as oatmeal can sometimes be. The fruit adds so much flavor and soft texture. And my favorite aspect of this dish? It can be made an unlimited number of ways by changing up the fruit. I can't wait to try it with blueberries, apple slices, peaches, plums, cherries, pears, pumpkin. Oh and I'm even thinking a little scoop of peanut butter wouldn't hurt either.

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal
1/4 C (1/2 stick) butter
1 ½ C strawberries, quartered - or any fruit you want
1 tbsp + 1 tsp Splenda brown sugar blend
½ C almond milk (or any milk ya like!)
½ C maple syrup
¼ C honey
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 C old fashioned oats
2 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½  tsp kosher salt
chopped almonds or pecans, if you want

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray. Layer the berries on the bottom of the pan. In a saucepan (or in the microwave), melt the butter and pour evenly over the fruit.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together milk, maple syrup, honey, eggs, 1 tbsp Splenda blend and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix altogether.

Pour over the fruit and smooth the top. Sprinkle with nuts (I didn't use them, but I’m open to it) and a ½ - 1 tsp of Splenda brown sugar.

Bake uncovered for 40 minutes, or until browned on top.

Allow to cool slightly. You can go au natural (trust me, this needs nothing more!) but if you’re feeling decadent, go ahead and serve this with a bit of milk or extra syrup on top. I didn't think it needed anything though!

So there you go. My new obsession. It's so super easy and so worth the minimal effort to throw it together. I just made a second batch last night and cannot wait to dig into it for breakfast this morning! So what do you think? Are you on the baked oatmeal train? Have you ever been on an adventure out west...or anywhere, for that matter?

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Reader Comments (14)

oh my. this looks amazing. thanks for sharing!

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren @ spiced plate

I love baked oatmeal. Yours is truly a mix of healthy breakfast with dessert. It looks just like a strawberry crumble of a sort!

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan(Oliepants)

I've still NEVER had baked oatmeal, but I wanna make it so bad! I'll be sure to post when I do. ;)

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa @ Life of bLyss

I really feel like baked oatmeal might be one of the only ways I will like it! I'm saving this and will be making it soon!

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ I'm an Okie

woohoo!!! i've been waiting for this one :) can't wait to try! my hubby went on a month long camping excursion out west when he was in high school and he still talks about it all the time!!

What a perfect make-ahead breakfast for the week! Love it!

Love make-ahead breakfasts! This one looks great, so many possibilities for variations!

Even though I live "out west" there are a lot of places I need to visit - the Grand Canyon, Glacier Nat'l Park, etc. I need a summer off to travel!

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel (Olalliberry)

Ohmygosh, that looks so amazingly fantastic! I've never had baked oatmeal before (my current obsession is the Pumpkin Oatmeal from Aarti Party on Food Network), but I'm definitely going to be trying this soon. =)

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Wow I've never heard of "baked oatmeal" before! But man that sounds so delicious & easy! I'll have to pick up some strawberries to try it out asap! Thanks!

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReesa L

I've always wanted to go to Yellowstone. That is so cool that you were able to go last year! It looks beautiful there.

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Teenage Taste

Thanks Reesa...it really is! Let me know if you give it a try!

March 24, 2011 | Registered CommenterRachel

Just made this and it was a HUGE hit...even with my daughter's pickest eater friend:) So yummy! I doubled the milk and added an extra egg to get it a little more moist. I also stirred it after about 30 min. then let it cook another 15. It was perfect. Very sweet so next time I may leave out the sugar.

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLA

I'm a big fan of the baked oatmeal! I added some lemon zest and juice, then once out of the oven I like some vanilla yogurt on top! Thanks for the great recipe!

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlittledomino

Dunno about how well I like this recipe. I did everything as directed and yet the top came out crunchy and firm which was the tasty part. The bottom layer was soggy and the fruit tasted like if it was baked in the sun all day. It was not a huge hit here at my house hold. I was super excited to try this and glad I did cause I will never made the same mistake twice.

May 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjessie

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