This is a good one!! For all of you who work and need to get breakfast in a hurry, this is a great baked oatmeal that can be made on your day off and then eaten through out the week. If you divide it into 6 equal portions, your breakfast is covered for the week. That is unless your family likes it, in that case it won't last that long, not that I am speaking from experience of anything.
So first off let me give credit where credit is due. I found this recipe on a great blog called Budget Bytes and while the recipe looks fabulous it wasn't quite P.I.N.K approved so I set to work PINKifying it. Here is what I came up with.
Baked Banana Oatmeal
2 1/2 cups Old fashion oats
2 cups almond or coconut milk
2 under ripe bananas
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Stevia to your liking of sweetness
So before we get to making the oatmeal, let's talk a bit about how PINK friendly this is. So the blueprint for PINK Primary tells you, you can eat 1 serving of a low calorie protein and 1 serving of a slow carb or a slow fruit for breakfast. Here is how I work it out in my mind. My oats are my serving of a slow carb and one serving is a half a cup to which I am putting in 5 servings of oats but getting 6 servings out of the dish so adding in the banana I feel is okay for me to get in that other serving of a slow fruit plus some. I know that I am over on the slow fruit but I hardly eat mine at lunch so I feel fine with it. The same goes with the protein, the milk counts as a protein along with the eggs but 1 cup of milk is a serving of milk and 1 egg is a serving so technically this recipe has 4 servings of protein but again will make six servings.
Argue with me if you want that I am not following the PINK eating method to a T. For me I feel it is fine, make your decision based on your needs. Also on PINK we don't count calories but I am always interested and keep a little mental running tally of what I eat through out the day, albeit imperfect I know. So here is how I figured out the calories/nutritional content. Keep in mind the recipe list the total ingredients, the tool I used takes the total calories divides it by the number of servings to come up with the calories listed. No 2 1/2 cups of oats is not 125 calories, it is more like 750 calories but divided by 6 is 125, you get how I came to the calories? If anyone is interested I use the calorie count website, under new recipes you can put your ingredients and it will analyze it for you. Pretty cool huh?
How to make baked oatmeal
Mash your bananas
Add your egg, vanilla extract, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the mashed banana and stir to incorporate.
Whisk in your almond or coconut milk, I used unsweetened almond milk.
Add your oats and stir to incorporate.
Pour into a glass 8 x 8 pan that has been sprayed with a little oil
Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.
Divide your baked oatmeal up into 6 equal servings and know that you are set for the week when it comes to breakfast.