I read the obituaries often and I've noticed three items that appear regularly in obits of folks who live to 100: They walk, they're social, they eat oatmeal.
- Easy - Only takes 10 minutes of prep. It's a foolproof recipe. Make once, and reheat for a satisfying and nourishing breakfast throughout the week.
- Customize - You can customize baked oatmeal any way you like. My favorite mix-ins are apple, bananas, blueberries, raisins, craisins, walnuts, pecans, and ground flax seed.
- Healthy - Oats contain soluble fiber that helps in lowering blood glucose levels and cholesterol, which reduces the risk of diabetes, and heart disease according to the Mayo Clinic. I also add flax seed which contains omega-3 fatty acids, "good" fats that help with cardiovascular health.
- 1¾ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup strawberries stemmed and cut in half
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups milk
- Preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C. Spray a 7-inch x 11-inch baking/casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix the rolled oats, brown sugar, salt, sliced almonds, and cinnamon.
- Spread half of the oat mixture evenly into the prepared dish. Scatter half of the blueberries and strawberries over the oats, then top that with the remaining oats mixture and the rest of the fruit. Give the baking dish a slight shake to help the ingredients settle into place.
- In the same bowl you used for the oats mixture, combine the egg, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and milk. Mix until everything is well combined, then pour the milk mixture over the oats and fruit.
- Bake for 40 – 50 minutes or until the oats are golden brown, have set, and are tender.
Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
Frequency Asked Questions
- Does it freeze? - Yes. Store it in an airtight container. It will last up to 3 months in the freezer.
- How to store? - If you plan to eat it within 4-5 days you can store it in the fridge. An airtight container is preferred but you can store it in the casserole dish and cover with plastic wrap, any longer and you'll need to freeze it.
- How to reheat baked Oatmeal? - You can heat it up in a sauce pan and check temperature by sampling. If it's still in casserole dish you can pop it in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 F.
- Can I make ahead? Once you make it, you can reheat it, or enjoy it chilled for the rest of the week.