Baked Oatmeal with Pecans and Dried Cherries
Hi Jenny at dapperhouse readers! My name is Rachel Kocurek, and I blog over at Simple. Honest. Essential. I write about healthy and natural living with a focus on essential oils. On the blog, you’ll find a little bit of everything from essential oil uses and tips to healthy recipes and easy DIY projects. Stop on by and say hello!
I’m so excited to team up with Jenny to share some healthy and easy recipes with our readers. I know that the two recipes we are sharing are recipes you will make again and again.
Today I am sharing one of my favorite easy breakfast recipes with you: baked oatmeal with pecans and dried cherries. I’m a big believer in batch-cooking. It’s so easy to run out of time and make unhealthy food choices; cooking once for the week ensures that you have delicious, healthy food to eat and you have one less thing to stress about. This is a great make-ahead option for families or those with a busy life. To top it off, this recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free (as long as you use certified oats), and vegan.
What you need:
- 2 flax eggs (see below)
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 cups mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 ¾ cups unsweetened almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
- 4 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- ¾ cup dried cherries
How to make:
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit and grease a glass 9×13 pan.
- Make two flax eggs by adding 2 Tbs ground flax seed and 6 Tbs warm water to a bowl and stir to combine. Let this mixture sit for at least 5 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl add the dry ingredients: oats, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- In a second mixing bowl, add the mashed bananas, flax eggs, applesauce, almond milk, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Add the wet in ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Stir in chopped pecans, dried cherries, and banana slices.
- Pour the mixture into the greased pan, using a spatula to even out the top.
- Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the top is golden.
- Allow to cool. Slice into 12 pieces.
Feel free to play with the ingredients and use any nuts or dried fruit that you enjoy. If you don’t plan on eating the oatmeal within a few days, it freezes well. Simply wrap each piece individually in plastic wrap and place the wrapped pieces in a plastic bag. Pull a piece out of the freezer the night before to defrost or heat for approximately one minute in the microwave. To turn this baked oatmeal into a decadent treat, try topping it with a spoonful of almond butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Thank you for taking the time to check out this healthy, filling, and easy breakfast recipe. I know that you and your loved ones will love this oatmeal as much as I do. Stop by Simple. Honest. Essential. for more recipes.
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Now this looks like a breakfast that will stick to my bones! It looks delicious and it has everything in it that I loved. It would be almost like eating a pecan pie.
I have to share this with my wife. She loves pecans, but the rest of the family not so much. She would love this for herself!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
This looks like the perfect way to start any morning! Bonus: it also looks like the perfect dessert!
OMG, those look so good! This is the perfect marriage of healthy and delicious! I must have these in my life immediately!
I would omit the cherries, not a fan, but may add in a dried cranberry. Thanks for the recipe.
This looks really yummy. I have been trying to decide what to make for breakfast when my family comes up for the weekend, and this fits the bill perfectly.
If I ever get enough patience to make baked oatmeal…
Wow, this looks amazing! I would totally eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I love baked oats!
These look great. I am also abig believer in batch cooking. It helps me save time and money.
This baked oatmeal looks so good! I love that it is loaded with healthy ingredients that come together to make a tasty dessert!
OH My this looks right up my alley! That sauce on top looks so delicious too!
I love make-ahead breakfasts! This sounds great!!
Oh this sounds awesome! I could really do with a sweet oatmeal treat right now. The fruit and nuts must be amazing.
I am always looking for new recipes to try. This Baked Oatmeal with Pecans and Dried Cherries looks amazing. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make some this weekend.
Looks great and healthy. It will definitely be a holiday favorite
Mm these look delicious. I love the idea of batch cooking! We get kind of stuck on cereal every morning since it’s so easy – not so very healthy though.
I really need to show my husband this. He LOVES anything pecan! I’m sure he’ll be begging me to make it soon.
This looks delish. I am very biased, as I love anything with pecans.
This looks so good! I love oatmeal and I can’t believe I never tried a recipe like this before! Thanks for sharing it, I can’t wait to make my own at home!
I love oatmeal recipes. I would love to enjoy this for breakfast.
I never thought of making something like this but it looks like a great way to make a breakfast on the go. Plus it would feed a large group of people or have leftovers!!
I definitely need to try this! We always end up with so much leftover oatmeal and I have no idea what to make–now we are going to try this recipe!
That sounds like a great breakfast, I’ll have to give your recipe a try and check out your blog too… I’m all about DIY projects ?
This recipe looks simple enough for me to try it and not mess up terribly! It also looks so delicious! I am hoping it looks like yours! YUMMY!
Looks like a great tasting healthy option for families to make and enjoy!
Wow! I’m always on the look out for a good protein treat! All of these ingredients are perfect. Will def try making this!
Great recipe for the Holidays. I have to save your recipe and give it a try. Your photos are fabulous.
These look phenomenal and perfect for entertaining over the holidays. I am saving this recipe for when my cousins are in town. We would all love this!
This looks really yummy, and clean eating! I would love to make this, and I think that my crew would love it too!
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