For me, breakfast consists of oatmeal on the weekdays and eggs on the weekends. On holidays though, I like to make something a little more fancy–like waffles or pancakes. A few times a year (e.g. 4th July) I make baked oatmeal; but not any baked oatmeal, themed baked oatmeal! Yeah, it’s a little corny and I know my dad will laugh at me, but oh well. Whatever floats your boat right? Even if it’s carefully constructing a flag out of fruit…
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup organic whole milk
- 2 tbsp organic pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8×8 baking dish with cooking oil. In a bowl, mix together oats, baking powder and salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, maple syrup, vanilla and egg. Add in dry oat mixture and mix all together. Stir in 3 tablespoons each of chopped bananas, chopped strawberries, and blueberries.
Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Top with more bananas, strawberries, and blueberries to make flag (see picture) or a red, white, and blue “firework” dots. Bake for 25 minutes.
Leftovers? Let oatmeal sit out until hardened. And then, ta-da! On-the-go oatmeal squares! Store in the fridge.