Thursday, July 19, 2018

Baked Oatmeal - It's a delicious healthy dessert! HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Looking for a delightful sweet treat or dessert that is not too sweet yet delicious? And it is HEALTHY with a good amount of dietary fibers and good nutrition?!!!

Is this a mission impossible? LOL!

I would think so but not after I had baked and tasted this awesome baked oatmeal!

Baked oatmeal? Perhaps the word, "oatmeal" is causing you to wonder if this food is a breakfast or something healthy but boring? As a matter of fact, it tastes somehow like a satisfying firm baked rice pudding. Very fruity and nutty too because it has lots of fruits and nuts in it.

To me, it tastes more like a nice and healthy treat or dessert to enjoy...  I would say that it is a 

baked oatmeal banana blueberry walnut
We love these Nice and Healthy Baked Oatmeal!

Are you a fan of any food that is made of oats?

Me me me me me...

I love oats and eat oats almost everyday for my breakfast. For winter, I would eat warm oats porridge. For summer, I would eat chilled overnight oats (recipe at here). Like I have mentioned at here, oats are generally considered healthy due to their rich content of several essential nutrients. In a good amount of serving, oats can provide an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, several B vitamins and numerous dietary minerals plus cholesterol-lowering effects.

Besides oats, these baked oatmeal are baked with many other healthy ingredients such as banana, blueberries, walnuts and milk! And they are naturally flavoured with ground cinnamon and vanilla. They do contain a tiny negotiable amount of salt, maple syrup and butter and I won't freak out over these moderated addition.

Doe the addition of salt, maple syrup and butter means that these baked oatmeal are not healthy enough for you?

This scenario reminds me of one Facebook user who told me that I shouldn't highly recommend a highly reviewed moist and delicious banana bread recipe at here because it contains sugar and plain flour! And this is how we conversed via one popular Facebook group.

AP (Facebook user): Thanks for recipe but I would expect to see something out of the box for banana bread! Like no sugar or different flour :))

Me: Yes, I know but sometimes healthy food with NO sugar and gluten can be quite alternative and difficult to accept. Having said that, I will also share something like this in the near future.

AP (Facebook user): why is it difficult to accept? If it tastes and looks good, we are in a group therefore, the expectation to learn interesting and delicious recipes not just another recipe:))

Then, another Facebook user in the group had kindly shared a keto bread recipe with us and AP seems happy. Seeing that situation, I tried to re-establish my point.

Me: I see your point but not everybody is into keto diet. For me, I believe being healthy is to eat wisely with a balance diet, stay active and enjoy life including food. If I have to eat sugar because the food will taste good, I would! :) It's ok if you don't like this recipe... It's a highly reviewed recipe so you can't say that many people are wrong and you are right! Cheers!

Please don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to be catty here! AP and I are entitled to our own opinions and AP can be right to certain extent. To me, this TASTY baked oatmeal is HEALTHY enough even with the added maple syrup, salt and butter. If you think that these additions are causing the desserts not healthy enough for you, it is totally ok for you to ignore it but please don't say that everything with sugar and gluten is bad!

Although I'm health conscious, I'm after taste and texture in my food and wouldn't mind eating carbs, gluten, sugar, butter and salt in good amount of moderation.

So please enjoy your food!!!

healthy baked oatmeal banana blueberry walnut
These HEALTHY baked oatmeal contain many beneficial ingredients!
... such as oats, blueberries, walnut and banana.
healthy baked oatmeal banana blueberry walnut
NICE too!
These baked oatmeal taste like firm fruity nutty baked rice pudding
... with comforting cinnamon and vanilla fragrance. YUM!!!

And they are extremely easy to bake! Watch how I baked them in my video...

To be honest, these fruity nutty baked oatmeal are NOT sweet. In the end, we enjoyed and loved them the most with an extra teaspoonful drizzle of maple syrup in every serve! YUM!!!

Life is short so please don't eat cardboard food!!!

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Here's the recipe that is adapted from Epicurious
Makes 4 serves, each ramekin with 280ml capacity
100g rolled oats
50g walnut or any nuts, toasted and roughly chopped, divided into 2 x 25g portions
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
250ml (1 cup) milk
30g maple syrup, plus more to serve if desired
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla paste or 1 tsp extract
30g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly, divided into 2 x 15g portions
1 ripe bananas, peeled and break into 1-2 cm pieces
125g blueberries or other berries like raspberries and mixed berries, fresh or frozen

Preheat oven to 190°C / 375°F. Grease ramekins with butter or vegetable oil spray .

Combine oats, 25g walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Add milk, maple syrup, egg yolk, vanilla and 15g melted butter in a large measuring cup or another mixing bowl and use a fork to beat roughly until combined.

Divide banana into 4 portions and arrange each portion bananas in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared ramekins. Sprinkle about 1 tbsp blueberries in each ramekin. Divide oat mixture into 4 portions and fill each ramekin with one portion of oat mixture.

Divide the milk mixture to 4 portions and pour one portion of milk mixture (about 1/4 cup) over the oats in each ramekin.

Gently tap the ramekins so that the milk mixture added can flow through the oats. Top with the remaining berries (about 1-2 tbsp per ramekin) and walnuts (about 6-7g per ramekins). Drizzle the remaining melted butter (about 3-4g per ramekins) on top of the oat-berry-walnut mixture.

Bake for 30 mins or until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 mins. Drizzle with maple syrup if desired and serve.

Update on 19 Jul 2018, afternoon after I published this post:
A reader asked me if I can assemble these in advance, store in a fridge and bake on the next day. My answer is NO because the banana will go brown and the nuts will go soggy when they are soaked in the milk and oat overnight. However, you can bake and then store them in the fridge for 1-2 days. Re-heat until they are warm and comforting enough to enjoy.

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1 comment:

  1. I totally agree to you... nobody need to enforce their opinion onto others! This baked oatmeal sounds delicious... bookmarked!