PB&J Baked Oatmeal

Most people find oatmeal pretty boring, but luckily you’ve got me on hand to make it delicious. I’ve been perfecting this recipe for the last month and I promise this is a flavor and texture packed oatmeal that I happily ate every day for a week straight. Really, unemployment had its perks.

Okay, maybe it takes awhile to make so it’s more of a weekend dish. But with nut butters and berries and strawberry jam, it’s a super decadent oatmeal treat that comes out of the oven smelling like heaven.

Beyond this oatmeal’s rich flavors and other worldly smells, it is also a nutritional powerhouse.

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First off, oats are a whole grain that provides tons of nutrients and dietary fiber. For some mind boggling reason Americans can’t seem to get enough fiber in their diets. Seriously guys? Fiber? It is in literally everything plant-based. Fiber lowers LDL cholesterol, reduces your risk of heart disease, and most importantly, makes it easy to poop.

The berries in this recipe provide the obvious flavonoids or antioxidants that make you a superhero (and also prevent cancer). A recent study has shown that 1 serving of blueberries a week may cause less mental decline over time in women. So you’ll be a super hero who doesn’t need to use her phone to figure out what is 40% off the price of those shoes. Nice.

What else? The cinnamon is one of those spices that heals everything, lowers inflammation, lowers blood pressure, lowers blood sugar, and is antimicrobial. So basically if you eat cinnamon you’ll be able to kill it at the gym tomorrow.

The peanut butter, which is a key to making this recipe absolutely insane, provides the obvious protein, as well as potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, and antioxidants. Those minerals, along with being good for everything, can also help ease menstrual pain. Eat more peanut butter.

I have some optional ingredients which I included in this version including hemp seeds, which provide all 9 essential amino acids, as well as an excellent 3:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids. Good news, you can stop taking those nasty fish oil tablets. Seriously, stop, that is so gross. I also added a drizzle of tahini, or ground up sesame seeds, which provides lots of nutrients, including iron and calcium, along with methionine, which stimulates detox of the liver.

This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, inflammatory free, and if you buy the right oats, gluten free.

More importantly, this recipe tastes so good you’re going to be making baked oatmeal every single weekend for the rest of the winter and spring.

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Ingredients

½ cup Rolled Oats

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp hemp hearts or other seed (optional)

½ cup almond milk

¼ cup applesauce

¼ cup water

½ tsp vanilla extract

rasberries

blueberries

1 scoop peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)

1 scoop strawberry jam (optional)

Drizzle tahini (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and seeds (if using) and stir together.
  3. In a separate measuring cup combine applesauce, almond milk, water, and vanilla extract and stir together.
  4. Pour wet mixture into dry and mix completely.
  5. Add berries to wet mixture and stir so the berries are coated and ideally buried beneath the oat mixture.
  6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.
  7. Spoon peanut butter, jam, and tahini on top of mixture.

There are some substitutions/alternatives that I can suggest for those who are thinking that this ingredient list is intimidating and who on earth has tahini in their cabinet!?

  • Eliminate the tahini, the jam, and the vanilla extract completely. The flavor will chance but the overall bowl will still be delicious.
  • Replace the applesauce with a smushed up overripe banana. Just like the applesauce, the banana will release more sweetness as it is baked.
  • Add 1 tbsp powdered PB2 to the dry mixture. If you want, you can substitute PB2 for the peanut butter, but I think the recipe will lose overall delicious points.

 

Enjoy! And if you do try to make it, let me know what you think!

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