baked oatmeal


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So if you are like me and pretty much eat the same breakfast day in and day out and once in awhile want to mix it up, a little, then you may want to try this baked oatmeal instead of the traditional. It's so good, it could almost be a dessert. It's chock full of healthiness and tastiness.  I found the recipe here at wholehearted eats and only changed the method up a bit.  I'm finding that if I use dates for sweetness, it is often good to puree them with the liquids going into a dish instead of just chopping them and adding them in small chunks. The sweetness gets spread around a little more consistently.


2 Cups Rolled Oats 
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Ginger
1/8 tsp Sea Salt
2 Cups Almond Milk 
2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds (soaked in 4 Tbsp water/almond milk)
2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
3/4 Cup Walnuts (Roughly Chopped)
1/3 Cup Chopped Dates 
2 Apples (Diced)

Procedure:

Begin by soaking the chia in 4 Tbls. water or almond milk and let sit for 5 minutes. In a bowl combine the oats, baking powder, spices, and salt. In another bowl combine the chia seed mixture, almond milk, and maple syrup, whisking to combine. Mix the wet ingredients into the oats, and stir in 1/2 cup walnuts (saving 1/4 cup for the top), dates, and the diced apple. Pour the mixture into a 9 by 13 inch pan that has been greased lightly with some coconut oil. Garnish with reserved 1/4 walnuts. Bake in a 375 F oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden. Let it cool slightly before serving. Garnish with maple syrup if desired.

33 comments

  1. This sounds delicious. Just curious, would it work without the chia, and whats the buzz on chia?

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    1. well the chia is the egg replacement. it gels, thickens and kind of holds the whole thing together plus adds lots of nutrients. :)

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  2. I'm going to try this for my husband because he likes to snack a lot and I've been encouraging him to snack healthier. This looks like something he would enjoy :) Thanks for sharing ox

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    1. makes a great snack yuko. i think your kids would love it too.

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  3. It looks delicious and packed with nutrients.
    This would be great as a snack to take on hikes.

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  4. Darling Janet,

    Please could you bake a few hundred of these totally delicious looking oatmeal squares and have them ready for collection when we drop by in a day or two (depending on flight availability). These would be absolutely perfect for picnics and, as the weather is definitely turning warmer here we can see plenty of al fresco eating ahead.

    And, if as we suspect these oatmeal goodies keep wonderfully well in a tin, perhaps you could bake a few extra for later on in the summer.........now, must fly!

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  5. We found baked oatmeal last fall and it is really good. And if you make a big batch, it reheats well too! And even though I have a "recipe", I change up the fruit and sometimes even add nuts -- I've not tried it with dates though.

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    1. yes, so many fruits and nuts could be used. and it does reheat well. :)

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  6. How do you think it would be without the Maple Syrup (or what would be a good substitute?). I can't find genuine Maple Syrup here in Australia - just the highly processed imitation.

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    1. Both Coles and Woolworths sell Queen brand pure maple syrup from Canada.

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    2. my guess is that agave syrup would work too.

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  7. I love when sweetness gets spread around. Those are just happy words!

    I have a lot of free time lately, so much of it has been spent in the kitchen. I'm going through garden withdrawals, but granola and sea salt will probably help with that. :)

    I copied a recipe yesterday for vegan caramels with sea salt. Can't you just imagine how delicious those are going to be.... xo

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    1. i hope you post that recipe b/c it sounds really good sarah.

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  8. Question, when baked is this hard and crunchy like granola bars? Or, is the texture soft and chewy?

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    1. hi mona the top gets crunchy and the center is soft. i imagine if you bake it longer it will all get crunchy.

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  9. this is something I must try. It looks delicious! I usually have oatmeal for breakfast. I could make this ahead of time and on those mornings when I need to be at my volunteer job early I can be out the door that much sooner. and so much better than processed cold cereals. this time of year it would be great with fresh local strawberries. stopped by the farmers market today for the first of the season. another winner. thanks Janet.
    Darby

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    1. yes darby that's exactly what i do. make a batch and use it thru the week. it goes fast tho b/c it is so good!

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  10. Baked oatmeal is a longtime fav of mine, but in the summer I'm a granola girl,.

    i will try this version some cool summer day, whatever the hell that is.

    xo J

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    1. haha, i bake it early in the am and then i'm "stove-free" for the next few days. i do love a granola too!

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  11. Even IIIII will make this. YUMMO!

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  12. Mmmmm looks good Janet - will try this. Like your pics and vids on Instragram - you're so creative : )
    Have yourself a good day,
    Julie

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  13. oh this sounds wonderful!!!! Looks yummy too!

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  14. Janet, this looks so good! I have everything on hand too...my husband would love to take these to work.

    Linda
    xo

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  15. OK, gonna try this one! Looks so good and I think we all would be happy eating it for breakfast -- That means I'm not making three different hot breakfasts every day :) Thanks!

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  16. Nice, really nice breakfast! I never heard of baked oatmeal before.

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  17. It's going to rain hard this weekend in the UK, think this will cheer up breakfast tomorrow, thx for sharing!

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  18. i made it! super yummy!
    have a look: http://five-ten-fifteen.blogspot.com/2014/06/baked-oatmeal.html
    a nice change from my typical soaked-overnight oats.
    & wholehearted eats is lovely.
    you always point me in the right direction, janet ♥

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  19. Oh, I can hardly wait to make this! Perhaps when it cools down a bit though ...

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