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!
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!