I can’t believe that I didn’t start liking oatmeal until last summer, considering I eat it almost everyday. My favorite way to eat it is baked like a cake. However, as a high school student, I don’t have much time to make it, as I’m a busy high school student. I like to make it on the weekends, when I can actually sit down and enjoy it.
Baked oatmeal does take more time to make, as you actually have to bake it. However, it taste amazing, and when you let the top get crispy, it’s heaven. There’s many variations to baked oatmeal, and like a lot of things, it’s extremely customizable to your taste and preferences. This recipe is for the chocolate lovers of the world. I actually am not the biggest fan of chocolate, and normally don’t eat it since I don’t like the taste, but with all the other fruit I put in this dish, I actually like the taste of it (how weird is that).
INGREDIENTS (Serves one):
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup liquid of choice (I use almond milk, but water would be fine as well!)
1 banana (optional, but it adds a great taste!)- I like to mash 1/2 of it and leave the other 1/2 for topping
1 tbsp unsweetened chocolate powder (I use Hershey’s but any will work)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of stevia (optional, but since the coco powder is unsweetened can have a bitter taste)
Fruit of choice (again, optional)
Pre heat oven to 400 F. In a bowl that has been sprayed with non stick spray (don’t forget this step), combine the liquid, baking powder, vanilla extract, oats, coco powder, and mashed banana. Mix well, as the powder likes to clump up. Add your toppings, and let sit for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, place in pre heated oven for 20-30 minutes, depending on how you like it. I do 30 minutes, but it’s completely up to you! Once done, take out of oven and let sit for 5 minutes so you don’t burn yourself eating it. Top with any extra things if you want like yogurt, nut butters, or extra fruit!
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