Baked Oatmeal with Strawberries
I am a BIG fan of Kelly the Kitchen Kop. If you haven't been over to her site, you really should check it out. She makes whole food eating fun and interesting. Her original baked soaked oatmeal recipe has been a staple in our home for a year and a half now (for more information about the importance and benefits of soaking grains, check out her post Properly Preparing Grains). It's easy to whip up this recipe the night before and pop it into the oven on a busy morning while everyone is getting dressed and, best of all, it's chock full of nutrition. Last week, after a family session at a local farm, we found ourselves up to our eyeballs in strawberries so I decided to try this variation and my kids loved it! Hopefully your family will, too.
Strawberry Baked Soaked Oatmeal
(revised from Kelly the Kitchen Kop, used with permission)
- 2-1/2 c. oats (steel cut or regular)
- 1 T. whole wheat flour (provides phytase to help break down the phytic acid in the oats but can be omitted for those with gluten sensitivity)
- 1-3/4 c. strawberry coconut kefir
- ½ c. coconut oil, melted
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 c. sugar, maple syrup or honey
- 1 tsp. Baking powder
- ½ tsp. Sea salt
- 2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 2 tsp. Vanilla
- 2 c. sliced strawberries
- Optional: top individual servings with fresh cream or milk
Mix all ingredients and pour into a 9×13 baking dish. Cover and allow oatmeal to soak at least overnight (24 hours is preferrable for breaking down the phytic acid in the oats). The next morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake the oatmeal for 20-40 minutes until a knife inserted in the center of the oatmeal comes out clean. Serve warm with fresh cream or milk on top.
Note from Kelly: You can also mix all the ingredients together ahead of time (wet ingredients first, add dry ingredients, then add any extra fruit or nuts) and freeze until you’re ready to set on the counter for up to 24 hours and then bake. It can also be placed right into the oven with the automatic turn-on feature set so you can wake up to the smell of cinnamon in the morning and breakfast all ready to eat!
Kim is the wife of one rockin' Worship Pastor, full-time mom to four crazy and beautiful kids, foster mom to one adorable boy and Editorial Manager for ATFM. Toss in another part-time job, housework and what passes for a social life these days and she’s still wondering how she fits 32 hours into a 24 hour day. You can follow Kim’s adoption journey on her newest blog, It’s a Vertical Life.