Baked Fruit and Chocolate Oatmeal

Breakfast is hands down my favorite meal of the day. I usually end up eating a bowl of cereal with Almond milk while perusing the internet- nothing too terribly productive! However, when I have the time, I love whipping up something special for that often rushed and overlooked portion of the day.  This recipe, originally adapted by Adam and Joanne Gallager, publishers of Inspired Taste, is the perfect way to give yourself something to look forward to in the morning. It introduces the health benefits of fresh fruit and oatmeal in a way that is warm, includes chocolate, can be made in advance, and is easy to warm up again later. Does that sound absolutely wonderful to any one else?! Try it. You will not have any regrets in doing so, even if you are not an oatmeal fanatic!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice (or cinnamon, if you cannot find this)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup ground or whole flax seed
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and grease the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray or Crisco. Place this dish on a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: oats, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, Chinese five spice, salt, flax seeds, half the strawberries and half the chocolate. (Save the other half of strawberries and chocolate for the top of the oatmeal).
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the dry oat mixture into the greased baking dish. Arrange the banana slices, as well as the remaining half of the strawberries and chocolate on top
  5. Pour the milk mixture over everything. Gently shimmy/shake the baking dish to let the milk run through the entire dish.
  6. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set.
  7. Optional yummy topping!: Sprinkle a tablespoon or so of extra brown sugar on top then place back in the oven under the broiler and broil for 20-30 seconds.

Notes and Tips!

  • Source: Inspired Taste
  • Tip!: If you make this meal in advance, place the bananas on the bottom of the dish as opposed to the top, because they will brown.
  • Health(ier) and Vegan alternative!: Sub in Almond milk for your milk choice, lose the chocolate chips (this dish is actually perfectly good without them! They just add a nice sweet touch) and replace them with blueberries. Enjoy!

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