Here is a recipe that I made this past weekend for breakfast. My darling wife sent me the recipe for this one, which I take as kind of a hint. I better make it! I’ve made plenty of breakfast casseroles, but never one with oatmeal. Baked oatmeal? This sounded interesting. Oatmeal mixed with berries, walnuts, milk chocolate chips, with bananas on top. Of course no oatmeal is complete without brown sugar and a little cinnamon, which is also in this oatmeal.
The recipe my wife Natalie sent me said that any berries would work, so I went with strawberries. I thought the strawberry and banana combination would be tasty. I used raspberries in last week’s breakfast in my Raspberry Danish, so I didn’t want to use them so soon.
I started this recipe by stirring together some oats, brown sugar, and baking powder with some cinnamon and salt. My youngest daughter Mackenzie wanted to help me so she sliced the strawberries and chopped the walnuts with our kitchen chopper. We folded the strawberries into the oat mixture along with the walnuts and some milk chocolate chips. I sprayed my 9 X 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray, then spread out the mixture in the pan.
This Baked Oatmeal Casserole recipe not only has berries, walnuts, and chocolate chips inside the mixture, but sprinkled on top too. So Mackenzie got back to work slicing and chopping, and not eating any chocolate chips. Meanwhile I put together the milk mixture to pour on top. That consisted of milk with an egg, some melted butter and vanilla extract. I mixed that all together and set it aside.
Mackenzie arranged the sliced strawberries on top, then sprinkled the chopped walnuts and the chocolate chips (that I’m sure she wasn’t eating), and finally a sliced banana. I slowly poured the milk mixture over the casserole, making sure it’s spread evenly. Then I baked the casserole for thirty-five minutes until the top was golden brown.
The Baked Oatmeal Casserole went over very well; my wife and both children liked it a lot. If I had any leftovers I could have refrigerated them and had them for breakfast during the week. If I sliced them thinner they would have looked like some sort of breakfast bar. My wife who eats a lot of oatmeal, thought maybe next time I should try this recipe with apple and raisin instead of strawberry and banana.
This is my kitchen chopper that I use whenever I have to chop nuts, herbs, chocolate, and sometimes even fruit and vegetables. This chopper comes apart easily and is dishwasher safe. One thing I really like about this chopper is the soft rubber base. When one of my kids is using the chopper (too hard) it doesn’t do any damage to the counter. This brings me to one of my biggest reasons for recommending this product. My kids use this kitchen chopper and I’m always telling them they don’t have to slam the handle down so hard, but it has never broken. Like most of the products I endorse, this one is kid tested.
Adapted from Cass Andra via Facebook Recipe Group