Last year we published a recipe for baked oatmeal with strawberries. It was a big hit.
Here’s a baked oatmeal dish with a different flavor profile: blueberry and almond, courtesy of the London-based blog, Pip & Little Blue. You’ll find many other delicious recipes on the website.
“Pip” created this recipe to be heart-healthy, child-friendly and easy to make. “It has to be both one of the yummiest and healthiest breakfasts in my repertoire,” she says. “It may feel like you’re indulging and eating cake for breakfast, but this is jam-packed full of blueberries, oats, soy milk and almonds, all proven to be good for your heart and low in fat to boot. Way way better than [plain] porridge [see note below].
You can reheat slices in the microwave at home or at work, for a nutritious breakfast every day in 30 seconds.
RECIPE: BLUEBERRY & ALMOND BAKED OATMEAL
Ingredients For 8 Servings
1/2 cup butter (plus extra for greasing)*
2/3 cup soft brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly whisked
2 cups cow’s milk or soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats†
1/2 cup ground almonds
2 teaspoons baking powder**
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1/3 cup flaked almonds
It may look like cake, but it’s baked oatmeal for breakfast! You can use an oblong pan, but doesn’t the oatmeal look prettier in a round one? Photo © Pip & Little Blue.
*Substitute margarine for a heart-healthy version, or dairy-free spread for a dairy-free version. (Many margarines have small amounts of dairy- or milk-derived ingredients in them.)
†For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free certified oats and gluten-free baking powder.
Fresh blueberries are not in season until summer. Instead of pricey imports, consider buying frozen blueberries. If they’re not sweet enough for you, toss them in your sweetener of choice before adding them to the recipe.
1. PREHEAT the oven to 375°F/190°C and grease a deep 9-inch baking pan or deep dish.
2. CREAM together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Stir in the oats, ground almonds, baking powder, cinnamon and salt until all the ingredients are incorporated.
3. ARRANGE 1 cup of blueberries on the bottom of your baking dish. Spoon the oatmeal mixture on top, even the surface out and scatter the flaked almonds and remaining blueberries on top.
4. BAKE for 40-45 minutes, or until the oatmeal is springy and golden on top. Serve warm , with extra fruit or a splash of milk.
WHAT IS PORRIDGE?
Porridge is a dish made by boiling ground, crushed, or chopped cereal grains in water or milk. Optional flavorings can be added, from spices to fruits or cheese.
Porridge is usually served hot for breakfast, in a bowl or dish. It may be sweetened with sugar or served as a savory dish (cheese grits is an example).
Any cereal grain can be turned into porridge. Buckwheat, oats, wheat (Cream of Wheat, Wheatena) and rice (Cream of Rice) are most popular in the U.S. Worldwide, barley, fonio, maize, millet, rice, rye, sorghum, triticale and quinoa are also made into porridge.