About two weeks ago, we went blueberry picking to the beautiful Bybee farms located in North Bend, about 20 minutes from home. It is a beautiful farm located at the base of Mount Si with endless rows of beautiful, sweet blueberries. At $1.95 a pound, the berries were definitely a steal. This was our first time picking blueberries and we realized that blueberry picking involved lot more effort and time than cherry picking.
A portion of the freshly picked berries went into this amazing oatmeal bake. This oatmeal bake is so delicious that even an ardent oats hater will love it. The original recipe had milk and eggs and I wanted to try a vegan version and used coconut milk and flaxseed meal. I also went overboard with the blueberries. The result was a tasty, filling and very satisfying breakfast. I made another batch couple of days ago with eggs and that was equally delicious. Whichever version you choose to make, I am positive you will love this heart healthy breakfast.
2 ripe bananas, sliced
1.5 cups blueberries
1/4 cup maple syrup (honey can be used for a non vegan version)
1 cup uncooked quick oats
1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plant milk of your choice
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed in 3 tablespoons warm water( use 1 egg for non-vegan version)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly spray a 8×8 glass or ceramic baking dish and set aside.
2. Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle half of the blueberries,1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon maple syrup over the banana slices. Cover with a foil and bake for 15minutes.
3. While the bananas are in the oven, combine oats, salt, remaining cinnamon, baking powder and half of the walnuts in a bowl. Set aside.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flaxseed mixture, remaining maple syrup, milk and vanilla extract.
5.Once the bananas are done, remove them from the oven.
6. Pour the oat mixture from step 3 over the bananas and blueberries.
7. Pour the milk mixture from step4 over the oats, making sure to distribute as evenly as possible.
8. Sprinkle remaining blueberries and nuts over the top.
9. Bake at 375F for 30-40minutes or until the top is golden brown.
10. Slice and serve when its still warm.