5.27.2011

foodstuff: baked oatmeal

every once in while, i discover a recipe that looks wonderful and that requires only ingredients which are already in my house.

this kind of recipe is my baker's nirvana, my special place of kitchen happiness. in these moments, i don't have to plan ahead or go on an ingredient gathering expedition. instead, i can instantly put on music and an apron and make something tasty.

recently, this recipe for baked oatmeal allowed me a morning of baker's nirvana...



when i discovered this creation, there was a new container of blueberries in my fridge and two perfectly ripe bananas just waiting for the right opportunity.

thus, i spent a saturday morning filling the house with the scent of vanilla, cinnamon, toasted nuts, and sweet roasting fruit.

i substituted two things in the recipe: i used sliced almonds because i didn't have walnuts, and i used quick cook steel cut oats because i didn't have rolled oats.

the almonds worked out beautifully, but the steel cut oats were extra grainy and slightly al dente. of course, this didn't stop me from eating some every single day until it was completely gone...but next time, i will use rolled oats.

visit lottie + doof or purchase heidi swanson's cookbook super natural every day if you are interested in whipping up a batch of this deliciousness.

12 comments:

Manic Minx said...

mmm that looks delicious!

Caiti said...

This is on my list of recipes to try! I love Heidi's new cookbook.

My blog friend Analiese just tried her own variation of baked oatmeal with pineapple and ginger, which sounds fab as well!

http://www.greenplatestudios.com/2011/05/26/baked-oatmeal-with-pineapple-and-ginger/

diane said...

caiti...that combination sounds so good! i was happy to see that she used almond milk, as i was wondering about a good substitution for my lactose-free friends. thank you for that link!

BeccaJ said...

Tomorrow morning. With almond milk. Can't wait!

woodlanddreams.net said...

Oh that looks SO yummy! I am going to make it tomorrow morning...I have oatmeal almost every morning (plain ol oatmeal packet), and I would love to try this...good thing I have blueberries in my fridge :) Thanks for sharing!

Kevwrex said...

A+

diane said...

becca...yay! i look forward to hearing what you think.

alyssa...i hope you enjoy!

kevwrex...thank you, my darling. xo

BeccaJ said...

We just finished eating a hefty bowl of this...we used agave syrup as the sweetener and vanilla rice milk (which was what we had around.) Our fruit choices were bananas and blackberries.

I vascillated between almost crying and exploding with happiness while eating this. It was that good! Definitely my new favorite breakfast meal! Super A+.

We're taking a short break before we finish the rest of the pan. :)

Monica said...

all ingredients to hand - that's my baker's nirvana as well!
in fact, i just came from wandering around the kitchen wishing to cook/bake something, but we need to do the shopping... wonder if i could get creative...

LOVE the idea of all those scents wafting around my home, they're some of my faves..... mmmmmmm

oats are the only grains i have, i'll try this on a high carb day.

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diane said...

becca...your rave reviews thrilled me! you have inspired me to make this again asap with some alterations: i want to try it with blackberries + almond milk.

monica...those smells are some of my favorites, too. yum.

PuNk rAwK pUrL said...

this looks fabulous. & yes.. I learned long ago that any form of steel cut oats are just not a substitute for rolled oats (which I never have on hand. i am a steel cut oat girl!)

diane said...

tammy...i just made this recipe again today but with rolled oats + it's even better. but i'm a steel cut girl too so now i have a half container of rolled oats left over. hmm...cookies? :)