Breakfast

Simple Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

This oatmeal made with applesauce, nuts and fruit is really a great way to start the day! Easy to do and can be made ahead and reheated! #oatmeal #breakfast www.thisishowicook.com

I love breakfast. I love
hash browns and scrambled eggs and bacon. I love French toast and pancakes. And
I love oatmeal. It didn’t start out that way. As a child I remember eating
Oscar Meyer liver sausage on toast with little dried minced onions on top. Yuck.
I know. Really yuck. I remember Fruit Loops and Rice Krinkles, Apple Cinnamon
Cereal and Captain Crunch. And I remember my father making pancakes or fried eggs
on Sunday morning. (He let my mother sleep in because this was always on a
Sunday morning before Sunday school.)

 My father was a cook in the army, we were often
reminded. I remember him telling us about the SOS dinner. He called it shit on
a shingle. I am quoting here. It was, I believe dried shaved corn beef in white
gravy over toast. Luckily I never had to partake in that. But now that I’m
thinking of it we did eat a lot of those Buddig shaved meats that come in
plastic packages. I think I might have had those on toast, too.
 But back to oatmeal. I was not a fan of it
growing up. I remember my brother eating oatmeal. It never looked good to me.
It was soupy and lumpy and tan. Then he sprinkled poured sugar over the top,
salted it, put on lots of butter, no it wasn’t butter because I don’t remember
butter in my house, only margarine, or that stuff that was in a tub, (which was
probably margarine, too) and then he poured milk over it. No fruit or nuts.
Just soupy, lumpy oatmeal topped with sugar and salt and that yucky margarine that
always for some weird reason had a coconut taste to me. But then again, he
probably didn’t like liver sausage.

This oatmeal made with applesauce, nuts and fruit is really a great way to start the day! Easy to do and can be made ahead and reheated! #oatmeal #breakfast www.thisishowicook.com

 

Well, it took me a long
time to make oatmeal. I think I was on a diet when I first tried it. And guess
what?  I discovered I liked it. Maybe it
was because granola was popular and I was getting use to eating toasted oats
that I then decided I could cook them. Whatever. I am now very happy to eat
oatmeal.
Recently I spotted a recipe for baked oatmeal. I thought it sounded good but more complicated than I
wanted to do first thing in the morning. So I simplified it. My husband eats
oatmeal every day and I don’t like his version. It is thick and gloppy and
tasteless. And when he is kind and makes it for me, I try to be polite, but I
know when my daughter says to me, “Dad made you oatmeal” and she hasn’t put her
spoon in it first, well, you get the picture, don’t you?
Maybe next time when he
wakes up before me he’ll pop some of this into the oven. Because that is what
it is good for. Get your dish out. Mix it up in a bowl. Put it in your greased
dish to bake while you shower. Get dressed. Walk back to the kitchen where you
are greeted with this sensuous smell of bananas and cinnamon. Whether you made
it or he made it won’t matter. You will just be glad that you have a great way
to start your day!
This oatmeal made with applesauce, nuts and fruit is really a great way to start the day! Easy to do and can be made ahead and reheated! #oatmeal #breakfast www.thisishowicook.com

 

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Banana Blueberry

  • Yield: 2-3 1x

Ingredients

Scale

Baked Oatmeal    (Serves 2-3)

1 c toasted nuts chopped (Mix and match your favorites)

½ c oats

¾ c applesauce (I used cinnamon)

2 T maple Syrup, agave, honey, brown sugar, or your favorite
sweetner

2 t vanilla

1/8 t salt

½ t cinnamon if you like

1 ¼ c milk (your favorite be it real, almond, soy, coconut, etc)

1 c fruit (dried, frozen or fresh-I used ½ c frozen blueberries
and 1 banana)


Instructions

Mix up in a bowl. Pour in greased dish. Bake for about 45 minutes
at 350. Pour more milk over top if you want. Eat and enjoy. I saw it mentioned
that some folks like this cold. I prefer it warm!

So, This is How I Cook. This month we went from Brazil to China to Italy and the Middle East. And of course the good old USA. I’m tired!


So, This is How I Cook. This month we went from Brazil to China to Italy and the Middle East. And of course the good old USA. I’m tired!

 

This oatmeal made with applesauce, nuts and fruit is really a great way to start the day! Easy to do and can be made ahead and reheated! #oatmeal #breakfast www.thisishowicook.com

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  • Abbe Odenwalder
    June 24, 2013 at 2:30 am

    I'm so glad you liked it!

  • Adharae
    June 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Delicious! 😀

  • Anu
    April 4, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Great with oatmeal!!!! Looks so tempting with blueberry

  • manu
    March 1, 2013 at 10:21 am

    This looks crazy delicious!! Exactly what I need to start my day off.. I'm from London and apple sauce is not really a staple in our supermarkets, is it a crucial ingredient or is there a substitute?
    Have a great day!
    Manu

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      March 13, 2013 at 2:06 am

      Manu, other than pureeing whatever fruit you prefer, you need something to thicken this. Since applesauce isn't available do they have other fruit sauces like pear, perhaps? If you don't use it, it will just be a bit thinner.

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    March 1, 2013 at 2:16 am

    The bananas are the best part Cake Whiz, but chocolate oatmeal sounds pretty good to me! Natalie, this sounds right up your alley. I know you will enjoy it!

  • Natalie G
    March 1, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Looks like my kind of breakfast! Oats and banana always go so good together.

  • cakewhiz
    February 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    i know what you mean… i never ate oatmeal as a kid coz it looked so icky and soupy. then, i tried it while i was pregnant and thought it wasn't that bad. obviously, being a choco-holic, i make a chocolate oatmeal and it tastes delish!

    i will have have to try your blueberry banana version soon too coz i like bananas 😀

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    February 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks Angie. Enjoy it!

  • Angie's Recipes
    February 28, 2013 at 10:36 am

    O yes, this is a perfect breakfast! Lots of fiber and goodies!

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    February 28, 2013 at 3:21 am

    That's because you have such good food at dinner! In any case, remember oats are good for your heart! But this is good, none the less! 🙂

  • ChgoJohn
    February 28, 2013 at 3:06 am

    I'm not much of a brakfast person and even less if oatmeal is on the menu. Still, I'd be willing to give this one a try. There's just so much to like about this dish, with its nuts and fruit. It's certainly not some gloppy mess. 🙂

  • Kitchen Riffs
    February 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I haven't thought of those Buddig shaved meats in years! And yes, I've actually made SOS with them. I should do that again someday, only make it decent. 😉 I used to eat oatmeal, but it's been awhile – I'm more into fruit and a hard-boiled egg for breakfast these days. But the recipe looks great and the dish itself is quite attractive. Good stuff – thanks.

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    February 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    You will love it Meirv and Amy, I totally agree!

  • Amy
    February 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I love breakfast too. Sounds like you had many varieties and adventurous breakfast items in the past! 🙂 I think I would settle with this beautiful oatmeal instead of liver sausage on toast. 😉

  • Meirav
    February 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I eat oatmeal every morning. I'm glad now I can try a different (and easy to make!) way to eat my oatmeal.
    xyxy