I took some time off from oatmeal. I mean, something hot and steamy in 108 degree weather just wasn’t really appealing to me there for a while.
After feeling like my break up with oatmeal was lasting just a little too long, I decided to make a little batch of baked oats. Why do I LOVE baked oats? They are a perfect make ahead breakfast that can last for a few days and prevent those “I don’t have time to make breakfast” thoughts from creeping into your head……. because it is already made 🙂
With blueberries coming out of my ears (they were on sale…so I kind of over-did it a bit) some brown bananas, and leftover applesauce from a recipe earlier in the week, my Vegan Baked Blueberry Oats were born! Warm, light, and dusted with cinnamon and honey, these are the perfectly simple, naturally sweetened oats for a light, happy morning start! Of course other fruit would probably taste bomb as well, so see what you have on hand and what works for you (and let me know what you think of course!)!!
Vegan Baked Blueberry Oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 over-ripe banana
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- dash of cinnamon
- 1/2-3/4 cup blubes
- 1 Tbsp PB2
- toppings of choice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mash your banana and add applesauce, almond milk, and vanilla. Stir until well incorporated. Add your dry ingredients (oats, baking powder, baking soda, chia seeds ,cinnamon, PB2) and mix until your oats are evenly coated. Add a little canola oil spray to a baking dish (I’ve made in both a round and a rectangular dish and both worked! Just eyeball your ingredients; you don’t want to use too big a dish or they will be spread too evenly with a potential to burn). Spread your oats evenly in your dish and add your blueberries on top. Bake in the oven for ~25 minutes. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before adding your toppings and serving! My favorite toppings: honey, extra cinnamon, and a hefty spoonful of nut butter.