Hurricane Happiness

What would you do if you were stuck inside your home for 2 days?
Personally, I discovered that I get major cabin fever and extremely antsy.  I think that’s a normal reaction.  For the first few hours I was fine and then I started to get a little stir crazy.  With the torrential downpour and heavy winds, I was not going outside.  I tried making the most of the situation and opened a new cookbook I had been meaning to try.

I flipped through the pages of Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson.  The cookbook is a James Beard Foundation book award winner so in my mind the recipes in there had to be good!

I discovered so many dishes I wanted to make.  But today was a day of comfort food and I was craving something homey and warm.  I had all the ingredients in my house and for the baked oatmeal.  The recipe looked and sounded fantastic!  After whipping this up in literally 10 minutes, i realized that this would be a great go-to breakfast in the morning!  I could make this on Sunday and warm up  individual pieces for breakfast in the morning before I rush to work!

Not only is this recipe super scrumptious, but it is so healthy for you!  I added some chia seeds and flax seeds to the mixture and took this healthy breakfast to a super healthy breakfast!

Baked Oatmeal
Serves 6 Generously
2 C. Rolled Oats
1/2 C. Walnut, in pieces
3 TBS. Butter, melted
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
Scant 1/2 tsp. Salt
2 TBS. Flax Seeds
1 TBS. Chia Seeds
2 C. Almond Milk
1/3 C. Maple Syrup
1 Egg
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 Ripe Bananas, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 C. Raisins
1/2 C. Prunes
Preheat oven to 375.  Pour and coat the melted butter over an 8 inch baking dish.  
In a bowl, mix together the oats, half of the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, flax seeds and chia seeds.  In another bowl, mix together the maple syrup, almond milk, egg and vanilla.  
Arrange the sliced bananas on the bottom of the baking dish.  Sprinkle half of the raisins and prunes over the bananas.  Cover with the oat mixture.  Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats.  Give the baking dish a little shake so the liquid distributes evenly.  Sprinkle the remaining fruit and nuts over the top.  Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set.  Cool for a few minutes and drizzle maple syrup over the top if you want it to be a bit sweeter.

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