I remade this recipe yesterday and due to a lack of eggs I used a flax seed replacement (1 tablespoon ground flax to 3 tablespoons of water). You can do this for any recipe that asks for an egg to boost the omega 3 power of a recipe. Eggs are binders so the flax does just that and actually made the oatmeal even softer and more luscious than the egg version. Try it either way but If you have flax seeds I encourage you to try this version!
I also decided to drizzle the sweetner on top of the oatmeal before baking it (vs stirring it into the oatmeal).
p.s. if you end up making both let me know which you prefer!
Vegan Baked Berry Oatmeal
2 medium ripe bananas, the riper the better (mine were nearly mush)
1 3/4 cup blueberries/raspberries *I use frozen
3 Tbs maple syrup, honey, or sweetener of your choice (divided) (or to taste)
1 tsp of cinnamon (divided)
1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats (GF if need be)
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
3 tablespoons water
1 cup Almond Milk
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly spray 8×8 ceramic baking dish with cooking spray.
Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the dish. If you have too many bananas set aside (for use in the next layer of berries as shown).
Sprinkle half of the blueberries over the bananas, 1/4-1/2 tsp of the cinnamon, 1 tbsp of the maple syrup and cover with foil. Bake 15 minutes, until the bananas get soft.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the oats, half of nuts, baking powder, remaining cinnamon, and salt; stir together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the ground flax seed and the water. Allow the mixture to sit for 3-5 minutes. It will thicken. Once thick, whisk in the almond milk and vanilla extract.
Remove the bananas from the oven, then pour the oat mixture over the bananas and berries.
Pour the milk mixture over the oats, making sure to distribute the mixture as evenly as possible over the oats. Sprinkle the remaining berries, pecans/walnuts, and remaining sweetner over the top (2 tablespoons or to taste).
Bake the oatmeal for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the oatmeal has set. Serve warm from the oven alone or with a dollop of yogurt (whichever kind your diet prefers).
post oven bake!
This recipe is GF, DF, and Body Friendly
You may use quick cooking oats as well as cows milk if that is what you prefer but try out Almond Milk the next time you run out of the cow alternative ;)