For those of you who don’t know me IRL (is that what the cool kids are saying?), I’m not a big breakfast eater. If I could skip any meal of the day, breakfast would be it. I usually stick to a bagel, avocado toast or yogurt and granola, but to be honest, I’ll take a cold slice of leftover pizza over all that any day! As to be expected, oatmeal isn’t always my go-to, either. I do, however, love me some muesli! I’m a Rachel Bilson (The O.C., Hart of Dixie) fan and one day she posted these cute little jars of Bircher muesli on Instagram and they looked so good! I hunted high and low for a good recipe online and I fell in love the first time I made it. I love it topped with fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut — anything! Trader Joe’s has a quick version you can whip up, too! But that’s not the recipe I’m sharing today … sorry hah! Got a little sidetracked.
Today, I’m sharing this super simple baked oatmeal recipe I found through Big Brother’s Dani (Donato) Briones! She’s one of my favorite former Big Brother contestants and I love staying up-to-date with her life on Instagram. She often shares about her husband (who she met on Big Brother!), their precious newborn, Tennessee Autumn, and all kinds of good (and often vegan!) recipes. She posted this recipe on her Instagram story and I immediately screenshot it. If there’s any way to improve on oatmeal, I had to give it a shot!
Side note: The second season of Celebrity Big Brother (Big Brother’s spinoff) starts this Sunday, Jan. 21! The premiere season was a hoot and one of my favorite Big Brother seasons to date. If you’ve never heard of Big Brother, it’s a reality competition show where a number of strangers are sequestered in a house for the summer with no connection to the outside world. They must compete each week for the chance to stay in the house and claim the 500k grand prize. The celebrity version is shortened, but the fun is not! Having celebrities participate provides a whole new layer to the drama and fun-filled show. I’ll be tuning in and if ya know what’s good for you, you will, too! (Is my TV-dependence showing yet?)
Ok, back to the recipe!
2.5 cups rolled oats
2 cups non-dairy milk (I used almond but oat or pea works, too!)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of pink salt
your choice of fruit (I used banana. You could also use apples, blueberries, etc.)
optional: 1/3 cup maple syrup
optional: 1 tbsp coconut sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix all of the ingredients in a baking pan.
I put cinnamon in the mix and on top
I topped it with fruit instead of mixing, but it works either way
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown
That’s literally it! So easy, so yummy and I’m so gonna make this again!