Blueberry baked oatmeal is a delicious and nutritious breakfast. This recipe is sweet enough to double as a healthy snack or dessert option, too. The base of this recipe is a sweet, baked oatmeal, and the topping is made of fresh blueberries that are cooked down with lemon juice and a touch of sugar. The topping for this oatmeal adds a touch of sweetness, some tartness, and extra nutrients from some fresh fruit. Serve this blueberry baked oatmeal with some whipped cream, or pair it with yogurt and a banana for the ultimate breakfast.
What is baked oatmeal? What does this one taste like?
Baked oatmeal offers the comfort of a warm bowl of oatmeal, but with the ease and convenience of baking a cake to make multiple servings. I first started making baked oatmeal for this exact reason: I love warm oatmeal, but I didn’t want to make it every morning (let’s face it, stirring oatmeal on the stove is not the most fun or practical for a daily breakfast). Sure, you can get those packages of instant oatmeal with flavors, but if you’re anything like me, those don’t really keep me satisfied. This baked oatmeal is bulked up with other healthy ingredients to make this dish super satisfying, as well as delicious. I love eating my baked oatmeal with a side of plain non fat Greek yogurt and sliced bananas. I typically eat it this way out of a bowl, and take little bits of each component on the spoon. It’s so delicious and filling!
What you’ll need to make this blueberry baked oatmeal
- unsweetened applesauce
- kosher salt
- baking powder
- old fashioned oats
- unsweetened almond or cashew milk, or skim milk
- fresh blueberries
- lemon juice
- If you don’t like or are allergic to bananas, add more unsweetened applesauce (approximately 1 cup is equivalent to two bananas).
- If you are diabetic or do not want to use real sugar, you can use sugar replacements.
- Use frozen blueberries in place of fresh ones. The flavor of the fresh blueberries is unbeatable, though.
How to make blueberry baked oatmeal
Making the blueberry topping
Add the fresh blueberries to a saucepan with the sugar. Combine the lemon juice, water and corn starch together to form a “slurry.” Add the slurry to the berries, and then put the saucepan on medium to medium-high heat. Cook the berries for 10 minutes or so, or until the berries are cooked down, broken down, and resemble a compote or jam consistency. The blueberries should be thick and jammy, not watery. Keep cooking them if they are too watery. Once the blueberries are cooked down, set the pan aside to cool while you prepare the other ingredients.
Making the baked oats
Preheat the oven to 375F. Grab a baking dish or casserole dish (I use this one) and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas and add the applesauce. Next, add in the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, extract, and sugar. Once those ingredients are combined, add the milk and fold in the oats. Pour this mixture into the greased baking dish. Then, top with the blueberry mixture. Bake for 35 minutes.
Once the baked oatmeal is finished cooking, remove from the oven and set aside to cool. You can top it with some powdered sugar, too.
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
- baking dish, casserole dish, pie plate
- mixing bowl
- small sauce pan
- 1 pint blueberries, fresh
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp corn starch
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 bananas, overripe
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened, or cashew milk or skim
- 1.5 cups old fashioned oats
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Pour the berries into the small sauce pan with the sugar, and turn the heat on to medium.
- Combine the corn starch with the lemon juice and water to form a slurry, then add it to the berries.
- Cook the berries for 10 minutes, or until they are broken down into a compote-jam texture. Set aside.
- Spray a small baking dish or casserole with cooking spray. I used an 8.5" x 11" 2.5qt casserole dish for this.
- Add the bananas to the bottom of a mixing bowl, and mash them with a fork.
- Add the applesauce, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and extract and stir to combine.
- Add the milk. Whisk together.
- Add the oats. Fold in.
- Pour the mixture evenly into the baking dish.
- Add the berry topping to the top of the oatmeal, in an even layer.
- Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes or until set up.
- Allow this bake to sit and cool for about 10 minutes until cutting, this will allow it to firm up.
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