And a quick word to Trina from Beginner Beans before I move on - Thank you for the interview! I enjoyed myself and am so thrilled to be a part of your blog today! Read the interview HERE.
Originally it started with cinnamon, apples, and lots of cream... now it's vegan-ized and depends on the produce available.
Baked Oatmeal holds a lot of memories. We first indulged in our favorite variety in Oklahoma (mentioned above); our brown L-shaped couch swallowing us as we cuddled and watched TV or Paul studied for his next exam. The next memory comes at another great time in my life - My sister made a lovely version with rice milk found at Veggie Meal Makers for me just after Big Blue Eyes was born. Everything else seemed to bother her tummy (we had not yet found out about casein causing her colic-yness) but this didn't. I was overwhelmed and, I'll admit, depressed (postpartum depression is a real thing, ladies and herbs can help!). It felt like I couldn't do anything but hold my precious baby who was so pained at the time and cooking was the last thing I had on mind, especially in the morning when I was starving. When Alli brought a large pan of baked oatmeal, it saved me for a week. And then in five minutes, I threw the next week's batch together. Oats can also help increase breast milk supply which can be helpful those first couple weeks. This is a great recipe with gentle ingredients to make for new mothers. I know it's what I will be turning to next time someone is in need of a dish.
I slowly forgot about baked oatmeal and what a relief it can be to your schedule and your wallet.
However good things always make their way back around! We stayed at my mother's house this summer and she whipped us up a batch using coconut milk and her farm-fresh eggs. She modeled it after a recipe in Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson.
Heidi Swanson blogs over at 101cookbooks and has three books published. She is a renovator in the kitchen and all of her recipes (although not all gluten or dairy free) and photographs have such love put into them that I can't help but daydream about making each and everyone.
This is my version of baked oatmeal inspired by mother, my sister, and Heidi Swanson's recipe. I love that Heidi put slices of banana underneath the berries which creates this wonderful sort of caramel banana flavor.
Change up the flavors if you like and use different berries or use cut apples or pears for the fruit with double the cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. I made this for Independence Day and baked blueberries on bottom with raspberries on top - red, white, and blue looked great and would be fun for kids! You can also add chopped nuts or shredded coconut if you like.
Of course, I used whole chia seeds. But you can feel free to use ground chia or ground flaxseeds to substitute.
2 c oats (gluten-free certified if sensitive)
2 T whole chia seeds (ground flaxseeds also work here)
1 t baking powder (I have to admit I frequently forget this)
1/2 t sea salt
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1 can coconut milk (I've used both light or heavy with success - 400 ml)
1 T vanilla extract
1/3 c maple syrup or 2 T agave nectar or 2 t stevia extract (make your own)
1 1/2 t coconut oil for greasing
1 1/2 c berries
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Grease 8x8 ovenproof dish with 1 1/2 t coconut oil
3. In a bowl, mix oats, chia seeds, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add sweetener of choice and vanilla extract while stirring.
4. Slice a banana to cover bottom of dish in layer. Top with one cup of berries and then oatmeal mixture. Pour coconut milk over the top of the oat mixture. (Heidi suggests giving the dish a couple of good thwacks against the counter). Top with remainder of berries.
5. Bake 40 minutes. Let cool 10 before serving. Refridgerate remainder to be eaten cold or reheated the next day. Serve with banana ice cream if you like!
The longer you let this cool, the more it will stick together so don't disheartened if in your eagerness you grab a slab right out of the oven and it falls apart. Mine did too! It still tasted delicious though!
IF you are looking for gluten-free oats, Amazon has a great price on Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain, Rolled Oats, 32-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4). Vitacost also has them (here's a $10 gift coupon).
Shared this recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesday.
A few pictures from the weekend at my Mother's House. Also if you missed it, there's an interview over at Beginner Beans HERE.