Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal Recipe

Yields: 2-3 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5-10 minutes (stovetop) or 30-40 minutes (baked)

Ingredients

Core

  • 1 cup rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or your favorite alternative: almond, oat, soy, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc.)

Sweeteners (optional)

  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey

Flavor Enhancers

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Equipment

  • Stovetop: Medium saucepan
  • Baked: 8×8 inch baking dish

Instructions (Stovetop)

1. Combine: In a medium saucepan, combine oats, milk, water, mashed banana, blueberries, nuts, and any desired sweeteners.

2. Bring to a simmer: Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally.

3. Cook and thicken: Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until the oatmeal reaches your desired thickness. Stir frequently.

4. Add flavorings: Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.

5. Serve and enjoy: Divide oatmeal into bowls and top with additional blueberries, nuts, a drizzle of your chosen sweetener, or other toppings as desired.

Instructions (Baked)

1. Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease an 8×8 inch baking dish.

2. Mix dry ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, any chosen sweeteners, cinnamon, and salt.

3. Combine wet ingredients: In a separate bowl, mash the banana and whisk with milk and vanilla extract.

4. Assemble: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the blueberries.

5. Bake: Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown and set.

6. Serve and enjoy: Let cool slightly before cutting into squares and serving warm. Add extra toppings as desired.

Tips and Customizations

Texture: For creamier oatmeal, add an extra splash of milk.

Sweetness: Adjust the sweetener to your liking, or skip it entirely if the banana is very ripe.

Toppings: Get creative! Try a drizzle of nut butter, a dollop of yogurt, chia seeds, sliced fruit, or granola for crunch.

Make-Ahead (Stovetop): Combine ingredients in a jar or container and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, warm on the stovetop with a splash of extra liquid.

Make-Ahead (Baked): Assemble the oatmeal in a baking dish and cover. Refrigerate overnight and bake in the morning.

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