We just finished a family bike ride to the lake and I am exhausted. Hauling kids and beach supplies in a bike trailer has to be a pretty great workout. We made it to the Lake early this morning for a quick dip. The water was cold and the sun stayed behind clouds but we have a family motto about jumping in the lake: “It’s always worth it.” That jump in, even once, is a quick reset for my body. It’s one of my favorite parts about living on Lake Superior.
We were all starving when we got home. Thankfully, I was prepared and had a new baked oatmeal recipe ready on the counter! Something I’m really focusing on with recipes these days is making them budget-friendly. I had a revelation recently. My kids are getting older and eating more food BUT my income is not increasing along with this. It seems unfair. :) Thankfully, I love to be creative in the kitchen so I’ll consider this my next challenge. My kids love oatmeal and would probably eat it for every meal. Sadly, I don’t agree, so I wanted to make something a little more interesting. Most baked oatmeal recipes are packed with sugar. My goal was to make one with good ingredients that, selfishly, I would also enjoy eating. This recipe totally nailed it. The fruit in it makes it taste really fresh. You could easily mix up the fruit you use, any kind of berry would work. I’m loving all the summer fruit that’s on sale right now so I wanted to use that up. We ate this plain, but you could also pour a little cream or milk over the top for something different!
Summer Baked Oatmeal
1 can coconut milk
1/4 c maple syrup plus 2 T
1 t vanilla
1/2 t salt
2 c oats
1 T chia seeds
1 c almond flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 c blueberries
1 nectarine, chopped into 1/2” pieces
Heat oven to 375 F
In a large bowl, mix the coconut milk, syrup, and vanilla.
Add the eggs and whisk well to combine.
Stir together the dry ingredients (salt, oats, chia seeds, almond flour, baking bowder) in another bowl and pour into the wet ingredients
Stir to combine
Add the blueberries and nectarines and stir to combine
Pour into a greased 9x9” pan
Bake for 45 min, or until knife inserted comes out clean
Remove from oven and drizzle 2 T maple syrup on top
Let cool slightly before serving
Serve as is or pour on a little milk or cream