Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries – Start the day right with this make-ahead recipe for baked oatmeal with blueberries and a deliciously crunchy almond topping. You and your family will get the fiber, protein, whole grains, fruit, antioxidants, omega-3’s and phytonutrients all in one bowl!
Easy Make Ahead Breakfast – Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries
This recipe is perfect for a make ahead breakfast and so easy to warm up in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes before serving. Even though the ingredients are so simple, when the oatmeal is baked it all comes together perfectly.
In the past, refrigerator oatmeal was my go-to favorite “hands off” oatmeal breakfast. Making everything in one big casserole dish like I do for this recipe for baked oatmeal is so easy. Much easier than spooning all of the ingredients into multiple different mason jars.
One thing is for sure though… making this baked oatmeal with wild blueberries is so easy and delicious.
Why Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries is the Easiest!
First, I use frozen wild blueberries because fresh wild blueberries are almost impossible to find.
I haven’t tested my baked oatmeal recipe with any fruit other than frozen wild blueberries. However, I think they just might be the best choice if you want a super easy recipe. That’s because you don’t have to cut or peel blueberries.
You don’t even need to thaw them!
I honestly can’t think of another frozen fruit that would work as well. Frozen strawberries and raspberries would turn to mush, frozen cherries would be too big, frozen pineapple would be too watery, etc.
So, check out the health benefits of WILD blueberries below for this delicious baked oatmeal.
Why WILD Blueberries?
Wild blueberries are the best choice for this recipe because they are small and merge better with the oat mixture. Whereas, larger blueberries might separate from the oats and/ or get mushy.
And from a nutrition standpoint, wild blueberries are the best blueberries simply because they are more nutrient dense. Small but mighty, wild blueberries have more total antioxidant capacity (ORAC) than almost all of the typical fruits and vegetables. Considerably higher ORAC value than their bigger cousins, cultivated blueberries. The higher the ORAC value of a food the more powerful that food is at slowing the aging process. Plus it helps with fighting disease, reducing inflammation and preserving health.
Making Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries in a Few Simple Steps:
#1: Lightly grease the bottom and sides of an 8 x 10 baking dish with coconut oil and spread the 3 cups of frozen blueberries into an even layer in the dish. Set the dish aside.
#2: In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
In a second large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, add the milk and almond extract and whisk well to combine. Then, pour the liquid egg mixture over the oat mixture and use a wooden spoon to gently stir ingredients together until just blended.
Spoon the mixture over the frozen blueberries and set aside.
#3: For the crunchy almond topping, put the maple syrup, coconut oil and almonds in a food processor and process until almonds are finely chopped and coated in the syrup and oil.
Spoon the almond topping over the oats, using the back of a spoon for even distribution.
Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and oats are firm. Serve warm.
Use “Whole” Almond Milk
And finally, if you want a rich-tasting baked oatmeal, be sure to use “whole” almond milk. Definitely better than using the watered down stuff that makes up 98% of the almond milk market. We talk about the benefits of “whole” almond milk in this article along with a delicious and easy recipe using almond butter.
The vast majority of commercially produced almond milk brands contain less than 5 per cent almonds. The rest of the “milk” consists of water with some emulsifiers and added synthetic nutrients.
Baked Oatmeal with Wild Blueberries
This Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and almond topping takes no more than 15 minutes to prepare and keeps for several days in the fridge.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 6 -8 1x
- 3 cups frozen wild blueberries, see notes
- 2 cup organic rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 eggs, we used pasture-raised
- 2 1/4 cups almond milk or try homemade almond milk
- 3/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1/4 cup
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, plus more for greasing the pan
- 1 cup raw almonds
- Cinnamon, for dusting
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of an 8 x 10 baking dish with coconut oil and spread the 3 cups of frozen blueberries into an even layer in the dish. Set the dish aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- In a second large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, add the milk and almond extract and whisk well to combine. Then, pour the liquid egg mixture over the oat mixture and use a wooden spoon to gently stir ingredients together until just blended.
- Spoon the mixture over the frozen blueberries and set aside.
- For the crunchy almond topping, put the maple syrup, coconut oil and almonds in a food processor and process until almonds are finely chopped and coated in the syrup and oil.
- Spoon the almond topping over the oats, using the back of a spoon for even distribution.
- Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and oats are firm. Serve warm.
Frozen wild blueberries: There is no need to thaw the blueberries in this particular recipe so it is not a mistake to cook them frozen. Don’t worry, they will thaw perfectly in the oven.
Store leftover baked oatmeal in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to 4 days.
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