Good morning… yup I hear my family fussing about hunger. So here is what I came up with this morning.
This recipe is:
- Gluten free if you need it(make sure to get the gluten free oats/means it is processed away from glutenous products)
- Can be dairy free
- Can Be Sugar free if you choose sugar alternatives (like Stevia, equal)
- Natural Sugar ( Like honey, or agave nectar) or omit the sugar all together.
- Has a good amount of protein and fiber to fill your family up.
Right now there is a shortage of eggs in my area. I had to go to 3 stores to find them. A lot of the pre-made or instant items are being taken, so you are left with rolled oats, some produce, milk if you are lucky, but soy, almond, and alternative milks are around.
This is a great recipe for using “ugly” fruit. Fruits and or Veggies that are not the prettiest, and have been picked over, are great in baked items. My banana was going the way of the Dodo, and had some bruises, however, it still baked up just fine.
Luckily for me??? Am I lucky? I am lactose intolerant. So I tend to have alternative milk products around.
I was able to find strawberries, bananas, limes, had coconut milk, and had non instant oatmeal at home.
I decided to make a tropical-ish baked oatmeal breakfast… Can we imagine we are away on a deserted island, I mean we have the isolation part right? Win!
You can make this the night ahead and heat it up in the morning. You can also remove from the pan and wrap completely, and freeze if you have leftovers.
Enough talking here is the recipe:
Strawberry Banana Lime Baked Oatmeal
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 1/3 cup of granulated sweetener ** (or leave it out)
- 1 1/2 cups of milk (sub almond, soy, coconut)
- 1/2 cups of milk (sub lime juice, orange juice, or water)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 oz/221 grams of Strawberries
- 1 each/100 grams ripe banana
- 1 egg
- 1 lime zested (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Set oven to 375 degrees F
- Mix the dry ingredients, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, mix in half of the strawberries, and half zest
- Grease or spray a 2 quart pan, and put dry ingredients down. Layer fruit on top.
- Whisk together wet ingredients, milk, juice, egg, vanilla
- Pour wet ingredients over
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, depending on oven. Take it out when top of the oatmeal is browned nicely.
- Enjoy hot, or let it cool down and enjoy at room temperature.
I hope you get a chance to try this. It is adaptable to other fruits, and keep in mind it is a great use of fruits that are not the prettiest.
This serves ~ 6 servings. Total calories depends on the ingredients you use. But about 200 to 250 calories.
** Use any type of granulated sugar or sugar substitute that you can measure same as sugar. Honey is sweeter on the pallet. So conversion is 1 cup of sugar to 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of honey.
Thank you for reading. You can use this time to adapt your goals and try something new. You can still stick to your healthy lifestyle its just going to take some tweaks and ingenuity. Have a great day and stay healthy.
Quick Note: Don’t throw away those squeezed limes. You can slice them up and put those in your water, for lime flavored water.