Recently, several food blogs I read have been making versions of a baked oatmeal recipe, which seems to have originated with 2009 Bloggie winner and fellow Canadian Jeannette of Everybody Likes Sandwiches. I’ve made her version of the recipe, which contains lots of apples and spices and is just really yummy.
Yesterday I was finishing up at the office at 8:30pm, and was trying to decide if I wanted to run to the grocery store before going home. I had been thinking about getting some apples so I could make more baked oatmeal, but one step outside of my office door made me realize it was not to be. It was cold and windy, and frankly I just wanted to go home and make some dinner! However, the craving for baked oatmeal didn’t go away, and so after my run this morning I decided to rummage through my fridge and freezer to see if I had something else that might work. That’s when I spotted the blueberries, and so Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal was born.
Ok, let’s be honest here – it’s not that much like blueberry pie. It’s far less sweet, and healthier, but I think that makes it better for breakfast food. But it’s also really yummy, and worth trying if you like blueberries, or are like me and too lazy to go to the store for apples for your baked oatmeal!
Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal
Adapted from this recipe from Everybody Likes Sandwiches
1 cup large flake oatmeal
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup frozen blueberries (defrosted)
1.5 cups vanilla soymilk (or milk of your choice)
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Grease a small casserole dish (I used a loaf pan), then put in the oatmeal mixture. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until heated through and all the liquid is absorbed.
Serve with extra honey, yogurt or soymilk as desired. Try not to eat the entire pan in one sitting. Makes two generous servings, although you might like it so much you won’t want to share.