Oatmeal is one of my all-time favorite breakfasts. It is filling, nutritious, good for your gut, helps reduce cholesterol and it is so delicious! But even when I love it so much, sometimes I don’t have time to make oatmeal in the morning or I am way too hungry to wait. Yes, hunger makes me very impatient. This is exactly why I love this baked oatmeal so much, because I can make it ahead of time and just quickly pop a healthy portion in the microwave and in 30 seconds it is warm and delicious, like just when it came out of the oven.
There is also quinoa in this Baked Oatmeal. Yes, please! Adding a little quinoa was a game changer. It makes a big difference in the texture of this baked oatmeal. It makes it light and fluffy. Oatmeal can be mushy if you let it sit in the fridge for a while but not if you add quinoa.
Peaches are in season! I added them in for a fresh summery flavor. It was Perfection.
What you need to make The Best Baked Oatmeal
Milk. I used almond milk to keep it dairy free. Any type of milk would work.
Maple syrup. Not Maple flavor syrup. This baked oatmeal is not very sweet and that is perfect for me because I like to top it with more syrup when I serve it. If you want to make it sweeter, you can always add 1/4 cup brown sugar.
One ripe banana
Coconut oil or any neutral flavor oil. Melted butter would also work great if you don’t care for dairy free.
Quinoa. I always have the microwave pouches in my pantry. They are conveniently ready in 90 seconds. Red quinoa is my favorite.
Fresh peaches. Frozen would also be ok. Other great options if you can’t find fresh peaches are apples and blueberries.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
No tricks to it. It is as simple as throwing everything into a bowl and mixing it together. Done.
If you want to freeze the baked oatmeal just let it cool completely and slice it into portions. I get nine portions out of an 8×8″ baking dish. Once it is portioned, place the squares on a baking sheet and transfer to the freezer for 30 minutes. This is called “flash freezing” and it will prevent the portions of oatmeal from sticking together. After the 30 minutes transfer into a large zip top back and return to the freezer until ready to use. To warm up the oatmeal simply place it into a bowl and microwave for 45-60 seconds. Serve with a splash of milk and maple syrup.
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