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Oatmeal is one of those foods that I didn’t like until recently. The texture creeped me out, it seemed to lack flavor, and it was just gross. Okay okay so had I actually tried oatmeal since I was like 4? No. But you know how you have all of those preconceived notions about foods you haven’t tried right? Well in 2011 I made a vow to try foods I had previously thought were gross (cream cheese, yogurt, oatmeal, to name a few). That’s when I discovered I LOVE OATMEAL. I think McDonald’s may have helped me out on that one though. Their oatmeal has apples, raisins and maple syrup in it. I don’t know what else they put it in but it’s seriously addictive. Since trying McDonald’s oatmeal, it’s come a morning staple for me and I make it at home all the time. When I heard about baked oatmeal I was seriously intrigued. I wasn’t sure what to expect but what I ended up with was fluffy, smooth and delicious — almost like a cross between oatmeal and a breakfast cake. The oaks soak up the milk beautifully and when it comes out of the oven its a real treat, it almost feels like you’re eating dessert.. but for breakfast! I also really like that you can change up the spices and fruits to have a completely different breakfast depending on what fits your mood. This is definitely something I’ll be making again!
Gluten Free Blackberry Baked Oatmeal
- 3 cups gluten free certified rolled oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tbsp honey (for topping)
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (for topping)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Butter the bottom of an 8x8 inch baking pan.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the egg, milk oil and vanilla.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Arrange half of the blackberries in the baking dish.
- Spoon in the oatmeal mixture.
- Press the remaining blackberries into the top of the oatmeal mixture.
- Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes, or until the middle is set and the edges are golden brown.
- Drizzle with honey and cinnamon to serve.
Source: Recipe from Spark Recipes