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It’s hard to tell, but a serving of blueberry-banana baked oatmeal sneaks in nearly a serving of fruit, along with soy protein, beneficial omega-3 fats from walnuts, fortified eggs, fiber, and complex carbs from the oats! This powerful combo will fuel your day and guard against energy fluctuations. Time-strapped breakfast eaters will find it hard to resist this dish, which doubles as a portable feast to enjoy before or after your morning workout. Prepare it once and eat it in the days ahead. To jack up the protein, pair a serving of baked oatmeal with Greek yogurt.
INGREDIENTS (Makes 6 servings):
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp baking powder
11/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
2 cups light soy milk
2 medium fortified eggs
1/2 cup trans-fat-free tub margarine, melted and slightly cooled
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups fresh, or frozen and thawed, blueberries
1. Preheat oven to 375 ̊. Grease the inside of an eight-inch square baking dish.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oats, half the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt if desired. Reserve.
3. In another medium bowl, combine the honey, milk, eggs, margarine, and the vanilla extract. Set aside.
4. Arrange the bananas in layers on the bottom of the baking dish. Place 11/2 cups blueberries on top. Cover the fruit with the oat mixture.
5. Slowly pour the milk/egg mixture over the fruit and oats, making sure it covers them completely. Sprinkle the remaining berries and walnuts on top.
6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and the mixture has set. Remove from the oven. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting. Store in the refrigerator.
NUTRITION FACTS (per serving): 356 calories, 10g protein, 48g carbs, 5g fiber, 16g fat, 3g saturated fat