This nourishing baked oatmeal recipe is great for a weekend brunch or an easy option to have on hand for busy weekday mornings. Registered dietitian Jamie Walker, RDN, LD, shares what makes this recipe special:
I love this recipe because it heats up nicely for a grab-and-go breakfast and is easy to make! It’s truly a crowd pleaser with simple ingredients and great flavors you can customize to meet your tastes. A lot of these ingredients you may already have on hand.
The sweetness comes from bananas and berries and does not contain any added processed sugar! Feel free to use different berries or fruit that you and your family like. Try 1 ½ cups of:
- Fresh blueberries
- Sliced or diced strawberries
- Pomegranate seeds
- Frozen triple berry mix
- Diced apples
- Dried fruits like cranberries (opt for the no-sugar-added kind and reduce the amount to ½ cup)
Oats are one of my favorite grains! Oats are a very healthful part of this dish, they are full of fiber that will keep you full all morning. Oats contain beta-glucan fiber that may also help improve cholesterol levels and maintain healthy gut bacteria. This recipe pairs oats with chia seeds to add an interesting, nutty texture and contains fiber, protein and healthy omega 3 fats.
A note on oats: there are a lot of types of packaged oats available at stores. The good news is all types of oats are minimally processed grains that are full of fiber! This recipe uses rolled oats since they bake well. For regular morning oatmeal, instant oats, steel-cut or rolled oats are all a great choice – as long as they don’t have added sugar or salt.
If you’re tired of the same old oatmeal give this a try and you’ll be happy to have a delicious breakfast ready to go. Enjoy a serving topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt, chopped nuts, a spoonful of nut butter or extra berries on top!
Consult with a registered dietitian
If you’re struggling with creating a healthy eating plan that you can stick with, a registered dietitian can help. The Lake Health Nutrition Counseling team is here to help you achieve better nutrition and help manage health conditions that can be improved with diet for long-term positive impact on your health.
Your physician might refer you to nutrition counseling to help with gastrointestinal problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, food allergies or intolerances.