Sunday, October 27, 2013

Breakfast for the Week: Clean Eating Berry Banana Oatmeal Bake


Is this hot oatmeal weather or what? This is our breakfast for the week and it's delicious/easy- cut out a square, throw in the microwave for 30 seconds and voila- hot oatmeal bake! Like an unsweetened oatmeal cookie with fruit. The house smells amazing while this bakes in the oven so enjoy.

Oh and sidenote: At first I was embarrassed to post pictures because I was all like but I don't even own a mixing bowl and I make huge messes and then I was like You know what? This just goes to show that you don't have to have anything fancy to cook clean. We literally don't even own mixing bowls, I mix everything in giant tupperware (woo DC kitchens with no storage space!) and I don't own anything like a whisk or a food processor (hence the reason things get a little messy). Someday when I win the lottery or change professions I'll invest in cute Pottery Barn matching mixing bowl sets, top of the line food processors, and a kitchen the size of a 2-bedroom condo with counterspace the size of a DC backyard, but for now it's working! So, cough cough, no excuses!

Servings: breakfast for the week for 2
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats (or Steel Cut) ($.50)
  • 3/4 Cup Natural Maple Syrup ($.50)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Cup Raspberries ($4.00)
  • 1 Cup walnuts, chopped (huge bags for $4.99 at Giant- these are freezable)
  • 2 Cups unsweetened Almond Milk or Coconut Milk ($.75)
  • 1 large egg ($.25)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Bannana, peeled and sliced($.10)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl (or large tupperware), combine the oats, syrup, cinnamon, baking powder, half of the raspberries and walnuts. Mix well.

In a separate bowl (or tupperware) combine the milk, egg and vanilla. Stir until the egg and vanilla are totally beaten in.

Spray a brownie pan with cooking spray or olive oil or coconut oil, anything to keep this concoction from sticking to the pan for life. Spread the oatmeal mixture out evenly in the pan. I know it seems super thin, but I promise it turns out fine! Now dump the milky-eggy-vanillay mixture evenly on top. Shake the pan a little if you need to get that milk to settle in.

Top it with the remaining raspberries and banana slices and throw it in the oven for 35-40 minutes and enjoy the amazing smell. Let it cool awhile before you eat it.
Yep. Tupperware as mixing bowls.

The milky eggy messy concoction

Look I have terrible hand-eye coordination so when I'm doing two things at once, the pix are gonna be REAL ugly

This is where I was like, um this just looks like oatmeal. I have a bad feeling


104 comments:

  1. I just made these and they are FABULOUS! I am new to this clean eating thing; and if it tastes this good and is this affordable, I am all in!

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  2. Is this kept in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat some?

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    1. After I baked it I kept it in the fridge- cut a slice for breakfast and heated it in the microwave!

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  3. Jessica @ spiffyeats.comApril 1, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    This looks fantastic. Would it work if I split the recipe in half and bake it in ramekins for two folks? Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. OH! That sounds like a great idea I'm sure it would come out great!

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  4. These are awesome! I made them last weekend, cooled them, sliced, and then froze them. I now have breakfast for about two weeks! They are excellent and reheat really well. I may try blueberries next time. Thank you so much for this recipe!

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    1. Oooh blueberries sound awesome! I hadn't even thought to freeze it- definitely doing that next week! Thanks for stopping by Rhonda!

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    2. Has anyone made this with strawberries? Are you using frozen or fresh
      fruit?

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    3. I made this today I used banana, frozen strawberries, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans and pine nuts. Delicious!!
      So yes you can use either frozen or fresh strawberries or any berries for that matter!
      Thanks for this recipe Lindsay :)

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  5. Making this right now! Been on your plan for 6 weeks and we're loving it! Thanks!

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    1. I'm so glad you are liking it, April! Thank you for the feedback!!

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  6. This is perfect! I've been looking for an easy breakfast recipe. I shall make this and freeze it!

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  7. Making this right now!!! I am trying the blueberries and bananas, as my raspberries went bad before I used them. Boo!! Lol!! Cannot wait to taste it! Perfect for my gluten/dairy free diet I am on!! Thanks for this recipe!!

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  8. This may sound like a dumb question however I know you said it serves 2 people for a week. Is it 10 or 14 servings?

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    1. Hi Jen! 10 servings- I will definitely make sure to specify that next time! I don't count weekends for some weird reason (:

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  10. what size pan is it?

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    1. I wish the size would have been specified. I used my 11x7 pan (that I usually use for brownies) and after 30 minutes, there was still a puddle of milk in the middle. I tried to pour some out and wound up dumping the whole pan into the sink. I would recommend using a 9x13 pan for this, maybe even bigger if you want them to be crisper. Hope that helps!

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    2. I used a 9x13 pan- sorry I will make sure to specify next time! Thanks J for helping out!

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    3. I'm workin with a toaster oven and a 9x5ish bread pan in my tiny apartment. Maybe a half recipe? About how many inches/fractions of an inch should it be in depth?

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    4. I've used a 9 x 9 baking dish. I cut it into 6 huge servings. Super filling. I think I'll try smaller portions this time, along with strawberries instead of raspberries.

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    5. Does anyone know if this is good for someone on weight watchers?

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  11. id like to the answer to jens question as well. that way i know how many to cut :)

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  12. Can't wait to try this in the morning!! Could you substitute organic honey for the maple syrup? So glad that I found your blog. It's amazing!

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  13. I just pulled mine out if the oven and did strawberry and banana!! I'm so excited to try it! I also used honey instead of syrup! I love the idea of freezing it and will be doing that!

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  14. Do you have the calorie count for this recipe please? It looks wonderful!

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  15. I came across your recipe on Pinterest and can't wait to try this....added bonus you are funny and I like your writing. I'm excited to check out the rest of your site. Thanks!

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  16. Amazing recipe, it looks gorgeous! I'll have to give it a go myself.

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  17. This looks really good! How many servings does it make?

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    1. It lasted 2 of us about 4 days so I'd say about 8 servings!

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  18. I made this was strawberries and blueberries and it was fantastic. One question: Where do you get maple syrup for that price. I'm assuming you use the real stuff? I bought a store-brand bottle for $7 and the recipe used nearly half!

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    1. Oopsies now that I'm looking at it, there's no way I used real maple syrup and 3/4 cup only cost $.50...not sure what I was thinking there!

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  19. I just popped this in the oven. I used peaches and blueberries and instead of maple syrup I put half a cup of a Strawberry Peach fruit spread I had on hand. I also used Vanilla Almond Milk as I didn't have regular so I skipped the vanilla extract. Fingers crossed it comes out!!!! Smells wonderful and I cannot wait to try it :) Thx for the recipe!

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  20. I'm baking this as we speak! 😍
    Am I missing where the bananas go into the bake? I see "top with remaining raspberries and bananas"

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    1. Nope! I just meant "remaining raspberries as well as the bananas"!

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  21. Just made this recipe. Delicious! Next time, I am going to try the blueberries and strawberries.
    Thank you!

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  23. What are the calories per serving? Thank you!

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  24. I just made this and I was blown away by how good it is! I made mine with bananas, blueberries, and sliced almonds. Thanks so much -- this is my new "go to" happy day breakfast!

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  25. The steel cut oats didn't cook fully, just fyi.

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  26. what temperature do you use?

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  27. Wauw this was very good!!!!

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  28. just curious, I get the steel cut oats , that look like quinoa before its cooked.... they look much different then old fashioned oats and I know you said or steel cut oats ,,, but I just want to verify that the uncooked steel cut oats are fine to use? I know they are a lot harder and compact then regular oats...not too sure how that would cook properly?

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    1. I have tried both and actually now that I've tried to old fashioned I think I like them a little better!

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  30. I used dried cranberries in it and it turned out really good, too!

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  31. I used apples and dried cranberries instead of bananas and berries, it turned out really well. Thanks!

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  32. I just took this out of the oven! Used blueberries and bananas! Can't wait to try it!! Smells sooo yummy!!!

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  33. What would you suggest to use in place of the egg??

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    1. Definitely! Other people have told me they used honey and it came out great!

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    2. Awesome thanks! We aren't big syrup people so I usually don't have it on hand. But we always have honey!

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  35. This recipe is awesome! Aa a new mommy I needed something quick and healthy so I baked it in muffin tins and then froze the portions I didn't need. Now I just pop one out of the freezer and heat it up!

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    1. How long did you heat it for in the microwave

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  36. Does anyone know how many calories are in each serving. I am horrible at figuring that out! Thanks in advance!!

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  37. These are delicious! Calorie count please?

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  38. These are in thw oven right now! Can't wait to try :) only modification was honey instead of syrup since we are out.

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  39. What size pan did you use? How many servings in each??

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    1. I used a 9x13 pan. I don't count calories but this website is a great resource: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

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  40. My husband bought quick oats by mistake. Are there any adjustments I can make?

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  41. Hi ! I counted on Myfitnesspal 1serving has about 235 calories . Ewa

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  42. Would using frozen fruit be okay in this recipe? Would the recipe need to be altered? :)

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    1. I think frozen fruit would be fine- I might let it thaw before cooking?

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  43. What are my options if I don't want to use a sweetener? I would assume I need to substitute with something to provide for a wet ingredient.

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    1. the only sweeteners I use are natural maple syrup, honey, and agave syrup, anyone else out there have ideas?

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    2. The first time I made this I didn't use any sweetener and it turned out fine. No substitutions. :-)

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    3. The first time I made this I didn't use any sweetener and it turned out fine. No substitutions. :-)

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  44. Is this supposed to come out like a granola bar consistency? Mine turned out very mushy, I put it back in the oven for longer and it didn't really make a difference.

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    1. Mine definitely weren't granola bar consistency, maybe more like a light brownie consistency

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    1. I have never cooked with frozen fruit but I'm sure that's fine- I might thaw it out first? Let me know how it goes!

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  46. Just made these and a hit all ready!! My son was eating and ooing the entire time how good they were! I substituted blueberries and almonds as that was what was on hand. A keeper for sure! Plus only 5 points on weight watchers points plus system.

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  47. I used closer to 3 cups of old fashioned oats, because I didn't want to throw out the little bit of extra. I used honey instead of maple syrup. For the fruit, I used fresh strawberries and blueberries. And also added small pieces of dark chocolate. It turned out really good. We ate it for breakfasts last week. My husband can't wait for me to make it again.

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  48. Uh they look amazing! can't wait to try them :)
    Do you know how long they should have in the oven if you make them as muffins?

    Tess
    www.simplybeingyoung.com

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    1. Hi Tess-

      I'm not sure, I would start at 25 minutes and keep checking from there. Muffins are a great idea, I'm going to have to tory that!

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  49. Is this clean eating as its syrup in the ingredient, smells amazing can't wait to try in the morning xx

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    1. Hi! As long as you use a natural or organic syrup it is clean and paleo friendly! Enjoy (:

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  50. Hi, can you use any other type of milk?

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  51. Made this today with apples and peaches. It almost felt like I was eating dessert for breakfast! Not typically a fan of oatmeal, but I enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for sharing it!

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  52. For the person who asked about an alternative liquid to sweetener ... try unsweetened applesauce. :)

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  53. I made this today and I thank you greatly for this recipe. Great idea putting all the different ingredients together and making it into a bake. Thanks again!

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  54. Wow! That was easy to prepare healthy food. Thanks for sharing this resipe.

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  55. So I stumbled upon this recipe about a month ago and have made multiple variations! Blueberry & Peach, Apple Cinnamon, and the latest was Orange & Cranberry... I love how versatile this is!!

    I'd like to do something with pumpkin, like a play on pumpkin pie. I'm not sure though how to do so; since the pumpkin is technically a wet ingredient, but technically not a liquid. I'm not sure what my ratios would need to be. Have you ever tried this?

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  57. No one has ever replied to questions about using quick oats instead of old fashioned oats. Has anyone tried it? TIA

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  58. Hi there, I just made this with mixed berries, delicious! I have a question though, what is the texture supposed to be like; crunchy like a granola bar, or soft?

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  59. HI I was just wondering for those people that froze them how long did you hear it in the microwave when u wanted to use them and did u wrap them individually?

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  60. These are currently in the oven and oh my god, the smell. I wish they made a perfume in this scent; it is so heavenly. I used agave instead of maple syrup and added flax seeds too. This is a great versatile recipe and I will 100% be using this when I go back to school in the fall for quick breakfasts before class. Can't wait for the timer to be done!

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  61. Has anyone tried this in a muffin tin? Having grab and go "muffins" are way easier for me, just seeing if they hold up or not. THANKS! :)

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  62. any substitutions for the maple syrup....i'm cutting sugars?

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  63. 3 Researches SHOW Why Coconut Oil Kills Fat.

    This means that you actually get rid of fat by eating coconut fats (also coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 researches from large medicinal magazines are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world upside down!

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  64. The calories in a banana are not excessive given typical daily calorie requirements and the satisfying nature of the fruit.

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