Baked Banana Berry Oatmeal

For most of my life, I have absolutely HATED oatmeal.  I hated it so much that, when I was a child, I remember pouring my oatmeal into my sister’s bowl when she wasn’t looking.  I just couldn’t stomach the stuff!  I’ve tried putting fruit in it, tons of sugar, and it was still gross.  I realized that it wasn’t the flavor of oatmeal, it was the texture that I didn’t like.  Eating hot, soggy cereal was not how I wanted to start my day.  But, once I started eating clean, I learned about all the health benefits of oatmeal (high in fiber and protein, can help lower your cholesterol levels) and I felt like I was missing out on something good.  After searching the internet for alternative ways to prepare oatmeal, I came across some recipes for baked oatmeal.  People told me “you should try it… it tastes like cake!”.  I still wasn’t convinced, so eventually I tried it and I LOVED it! Whether you’re like me and you hate regular oatmeal or you already enjoy a nice, hot bowl of oatmeal in the morning, you will absolutely love the flavor and texture of this recipe!

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup rolled oats

½  tsp ground cinnamon

1 T evaporated sugar cane  (optional)

1T coconut oil

1 medium banana

1 cup almond or skim milk (add more or less depending on desired consistency)

½ tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°.  Spray 4 ramekins with cooking spray.

Mix oats, cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl.  Smash banana with a fork and place in a separate bowl with coconut oil and vanilla extract.   Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then add almond milk.  Whisk all ingredients and place into  ramekins.  Recipe makes about four ½ cup servings.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes (depending on how moist you want it).  Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.  Sprinkle fresh fruit and almonds on top and enjoy!