My dad and stepmom stopped for a quick visit as part of a larger road trip and I made breakfast the morning they were here. I needed to find something at least semi-healthy and this seemed like a good compromise between delicious and relatively good for you. The original recipe came from Inspired Taste, but I tweaked it quite a bit so I will be giving you my adaptation based on the original recipe.
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar and approx. 3 Tbsp. separate
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1-2 tsp. cinnamon, depending on taste
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate mini-chocolate chips
- 2 cups milk (I used whole milk)
- 1 large egg
- 3 Tbsp. butter, melted (I used unsalted)
- 2-3 tsp. vanilla
- 1 large ripe banana, peeled and sliced
Preheat your oven to 375°F and spray a 2 qt. baking dish with cooking spray, then place it on a baking sheet.
In a large bowl mix together oats, brown sugar (1/3 cup), baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half of the walnuts, half of the sliced strawberries, and half of the chocolate chips. Put mixture in your baking dish and then top with you remaining strawberries, banana, walnuts, and chocolate chips.
In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture over the oat/fruit mixture in the baking dish. Gently shake the baking dish to make sure the milk mixture makes it throughout the oat/fruit mixture.
Sprinkle the extra brown sugar you set aside over the top and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Top should be golden brown and the milk should be set.
Tweaks and Overall Review:
Like I said above, this was a recipe that I sort of ran with from the beginning. The main changes I made from the original were in the amounts of ingredients used. I used double the amount of strawberries and walnuts and also increased the amount of cinnamon and vanilla (though this was done to my taste, feel free to adjust them to whatever you prefer). I did omit one thing from the original recipe, which was orange zest. I am not particularly fond of oranges (food sensitivity) and so I don’t keep them on hand. It seemed silly to buy an orange just for a little bit of zest.
How did this turn out? In a word: YUM! This was a great way to start the morning. The bananas infused a nice flavor to the oats and, of course, blended very well with the melted chocolate. At the same time, when you got a bite of strawberry, there was a nice burst of flavor on top of the banana and chocolate. The walnuts gave a nice texture and crunch to the finished dish, so it wasn’t all soft and chewy. Also, this reheated very well the next day (though there was only a small portion leftover in the first place) so if you make it for a Sunday breakfast, the leftovers (if there are any) will still make a lovely breakfast on Monday as well.
For Memorial Day:
Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor those who didn’t come home. Enjoy your holiday, but please take a moment to remember who this holiday was established for: the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.