Nothing beats a warm, comforting breakfast. Baked oatmeal with blueberry compote is just that. It is healthy and easy to pull together with minimal ingredients. And oats reheat like a dream, so you can have it all week. Baked blueberry oatmeal is also a great dish for a brunch or a crowd.
What is baked oatmeal?
Basically baked oatmeal is a casserole made with oats, milk, eggs and a few other ingredients you can easily pull together. Baked oatmeal has a firmer texture (think french toast casserole or bread pudding).
Baked oats is super adaptable too. You can totally play with textures in a dish like this. You can add nuts (walnuts are great in this), or chocolate chips would be def a kid pleaser.
Fruit and oatmeal have always been something I believe go together, so creating the blueberry baked oatmeal was a no-brainer.
Is baked oatmeal healthy?
Most definitely. Oatmeal is one of the healthiest grains there is. It can help lower cholesterol and blood sugar. And this is a healthy recipe, with lots of fresh fruit, and minimal sugar.
And I love a good healthy breakfast and my go-to's are oatmeal and yogurt parfaits.
This recipe is easy and only needs a few healthy ingredients
- Rolled or steel cut oats
- Maple syrup
- Banana. Almost all baked oatmeal recipes have banana in them. I always smash a ripe banana and spread across the bottom of the baking dish, mashing it allows it to kind of melt right into the oatmeal as it is baking.
I like to make a quick and simple blueberry compote to spoon on top when serving. It just makes it kind of special and different. Nothing too sweet, just a little sugar, squeeze of lemon and a ton of blueberries all cooked down. The blueberry compote really lets the blueberry flavor shine through in this recipe.
Ingredient swaps and variations
This recipe is my personal favorite way to eat baked oats, it certainly isn't the only way to make this healthy breakfast. Here are some great swaps and additional ideas to make a great baked oatmeal.
- Use different berries. Blueberry compote certainly isn't the only compote. Turn this blueberry baked oatmeal into a raspberry one by swapping the blueberries for raspberries or really any kind of berry. Strawberries would be great here too.
- Use frozen blueberries in the compote. They work just as well as fresh.
- Add chocolate chips to the baked oats. Dark or white would be great in this.
- Add nuts. Literally any kind of nut will add some great texture this recipe. Walnuts or almonds are a great compliment to blueberry,
- Switch up the milk. Nut milks work really well in baked oatmeal recipes, and I have used coconut milk in this many times and loves the subtle flavor it adds.
- baking dish
For the oatmeal
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1 ripe banana mashed
For the blueberry compote
- 2 cups blueberries fresh or frozen
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice just a quick squeeze if you have it
- ¼ cup water
For the oatmeal
- Heat the oven to 350. Grease or butter a baking dish - can be 8 or 9 inch square or round, (or use a cast iron). In a bowl, combine the oats, the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, the milk, egg, and the vanilla.
- Spread the mashed banana over the bottom of the pan and sprinkle the ¼ of blueberries. Cover the mashed banana with the oat mixture and then drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Bake for about 30 - 35 minutes, until the top is a little bit golden and the oats are set up.
For the blueberry compote
- Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the blueberries have burst and the mixture has reduced and thickened to be thick and syrupy - this should take about 10 - 12 minutes.
Looking for eggs for breakfast? Check out three of my go-to egg dishes for any morning
- Bacon and caramelized onion quiche
- Whole30 breakfast skillet (whole30 or not, this is delicious)
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