Baked Strawberry, Banana, Chocolate Oatmeal

Seriously delicious!!!! Left overs were good, and it can be assembled or cooked the night before. I have slightly changed this recipe from the original – you can watch the video at Inspired Taste.

(Serves 8)
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices
1) Preheat oven to 375°F and spray a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2) Mix oats, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, cinnamon, salt, half the walnuts, half the strawberries and half the chocolate in a large     bowl. (The other half of the strawberries, walnuts and chocolate go on top of the oatmeal).
3) In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract.
4) Add the oat mixture to prepared baking dish. Arrange the remaining strawberries, walnuts, chocolate and sliced banana on the top.
5) Pour the milk mixture evenly and shake the baking dish to distribute it through the oats.
6) Bake 35-40 minutes till mixture is set and the top is golden brown.
NOTE: The original recipes notes that this dish can successfully be prepared without egg. Substitute the milk, nuts, fruit, and chocolate with any variety you prefer. While topping the oatmeal with the sliced berries and banana makes for a pretty presentation, you could also mix all ingredients together to speed up preparation.
(I forgot to place the fruit on the oatmeal before pouring the wet ingredients like the original recipe called, but it still turned out okay.)
MAKE AHEAD: The cooked oatmeal kept well for 2 days and was easily reheated in the microwave.

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