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Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

Updated: Wednesday, April 23 2014, 11:23 AM CDT

Made by: Joyce Fikri, St. Louis Dairy Council

2 cups rolled (not instant) oats
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/3 cup brown sugar or maple syrup, plus more for serving
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3 tbs. unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, sliced into pieces
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries or mixed berries

1. Preheat oven to 375�F. with rack in top third of oven. Butter 8-by-8-inch baking pan.

2. In a bowl, mix together oats, half the walnuts, sugar, if using, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together maple syrup, if using, milk, egg, half the butter, and vanilla.

3. Arrange bananas in a single layer in bottom of prepared baking dish. Sprinkle two-thirds of berries over top. Cover fruit with oat mixture. Slowly drizzle milk mixture over oats. Gently give baking dish a few shakes on countertop to make sure milk moves through oats. Scatter remaining berries and walnuts on top.

4. Bake 35 to 45 minutes, until top is golden and oats have set. Remove from oven; drizzle remaining melted butter on top. Serve in bowl with milk or cream and top with extra sugar or syrup.

Oats, fruit, milk, and an egg bake up into a cross between bread pudding, pie, and oatmeal. Can prepare the night before, refrigerate, and then bake.

This recipe aired September 9, 2013.

Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

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