Cinnamon, Berry + Pecan Baked Oatmeal

Cinnamon, Berry + Pecan Baked Oatmeal

This cinnamon, berry and pecan oatmeal will fill your house with the smell of toasting nuts and maple.

Even if you don’t usually like oatmeal (I don’t) you should give baked oatmeal a try. The edges are crispy, almost like the topping on a crumble, and the middle is custardy. It doesn't have the same texture as a bowl of porridge--and to me, that's a plus. Baked oatmeal is almost like a breakfast cake (one you can feel good about) and it's super adaptable: you can add pretty much anything that suits your fancy, like bananas, peanut butter, or even chocolate chips. This version calls for pecans, which are one of my favorite nuts when toasted. Here, they add little bites of crunch between bursts of berry.

Cinnamon, Berry + Pecan Baked Oatmeal
Cinnamon, Berry + Pecan Baked Oatmeal

The full recipe serves about eight, six if the crowd is really hungry.

I would say this is a brunch recipe, good for any holiday, but I made it on Monday morning. What away to start the week! We topped to each slice with a dollop of Greek yogurt, but for a special occasion, whip cream sure would dress it up nice. The mint leaf on top is optional, but I love how it freshens it up.

Cinnamon, Berry + Pecan Baked Oatmeal

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Cinnamon, Berry + Pecan Baked Oatmeal

Published March 27, 2018 by
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Serves: 8   |    Total Time: 45 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (I used blueberries and blackberries)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • To serve: yogurt & a spring of mint

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, maple syrup, milk, yogurt, egg, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt to bowl, and stir until a loose batter forms.
  4. Fold in 1/3 cup of pecans (reserving the rest for the next step) and 1 cup berries. Stir as briefly as possible — the berries may turn batter purple if over mixed.
  5. Scrape batter into a 9 inch x 9 inch glass baking dish and smooth into even layer. Arrange remaining pecans on the top of the oatmeal.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, until edges are set and top is golden. Center will still be soft. Allow to cool 5 minutes, then serve on plates with a dollop of yogurt and mint leaves.

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Blueberry Almond Muffins (Paleo)

Blueberry Almond Muffins - Paleo

The light came in through a window behind my back, over the sink and past the counter where my grandpa would make breakfast sausage in the mornings. Next to that was the fridge, decorated humbly with only a few cards. On the wall hung an off-white phone, it's cord long and tangled from use. The counters and the oven door were a faded tawny orange color, the wooden cabinets a deep mahogany, with golden stain--or at least that's how it is my memory. They're given no help from the rusty colored vinyl floors, which reflect an extra orange glow onto everything in the room. 

I sit in a kitchen chair with metal legs and a faux leather cushion. My grandma has pulled my hair back into a pony tail but it's like you would expect from any toddler: the stray wisps are everywhere, escaping the elastic ponytail holder and doing their own thing. That's where time is frozen: I'm pouring fresh blueberries into a bowl of batter, while my grandpa snaps a picture. The mixing bowl, bigger than my head, is also orange. Daringly, I'm wearing no apron, just a floral dress with puffy, short sleeves (it is the '90s). 

Blueberry Almond Muffins - Paleo

If it weren't for that picture, I wouldn't remember this day. Actually, I'm not sure if I do remember this day--my memories from being in this house are fleeting, single moments that fade and disappear before they really emerge. But because of this photo, I feel like I remember making those muffins. Not just those muffins, but many muffins. I feel like I remember preparing that same recipe every time I visited, setting my fate as a baker early. 

Blueberry Almond Muffins - Paleo

Many years later (and many times in-between), I would go back to visit. Everything was as it had been: orange vinyl, white phone, that dated oven door. Most of the cards on the fridge were the same, only a few were added to the mix. This picture sat in a frame in the living room, amongst 20 or 30 others. My grandma told me that when my younger cousins found the photo, they asked her if they could also learn to make muffins. Instead she taught each of them a different recipe, leaving her legacy behind in the whisks and folds of homey pastries.

Blueberry Almond Muffins (Paleo)

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Sweet blueberries are accented by toasted almonds in this tender muffin.

Yields: 6    |    Total Time:



Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/16 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoon raw honey
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk, full fat
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 scant tablespoons cassava flour
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and fit a muffin pan with 6 muffin liners.
  2. Next, in a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: almond flour, cassava flour, salt, baking soda.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: honey, coconut milk, vinegar, vanilla, melted coconut oil, and eggs.
  4. When the wet ingredients are fully combined, add the dry ingredients to the wet 1/2 at a time, stirring in-between. A batter will form. Once no clumps remain, fold in the blueberries gently.
  5. Using two spoons, scoop the batter into muffin liners until they are about 5/6 of the way full. Top each muffin with a sprinkle of slivered almond and then bake for 25-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle. Set on cooling wrack to cool 10 minutes.

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