Like fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt, but different!
Fruit on the bottom…fruit on the top…fruit in the middle…fruit on the side…oatmeal is always better when fruit’s involved. I always loved a sweet jammy surprise at the bottom of my yogurt cup, especially when strawberries or blueberries or raspberries awaited my spoon underneath that tangy cream. I applied that same surprise factor to oatmeal.
And even though it’s technically fruit-on-the-bottom baked oatmeal, I couldn’t resist sneaking a few (or a lot) of plump blueberries on the top too.
Truthfully I have never made or eaten baked oatmeal. I’m not very patient when it comes to breakfast, so waiting 30 minutes doesn’t usually happen in the morning. But who said baked oatmeal had to be for breakfast? I baked up this loaf pan of loveliness in the middle of the afternoon, and the sweet satisfying snack was well worth the half-hour wait.
And I must say, the leftovers are pretty good the next day straight from the fridge.
There are 3 layers to this casserole-like breakfast.
- Blueberry jam: I used my 3-Ingredient Blueberry Fig Jam, but you can use any jam or jelly you like. I recommend one that is sweetened with fruit juice only. I really like Crofters Organic Just Fruit spreads for a store-bought alternative.
- Oatmeal: Sweetened with dates and flavored with cinnamon + vanilla, this layer is simple and has no added sugar. If you use my Blueberry Fig Jam, then the entire recipe is free of added sugar.
- Blueberry dots: Sprinkled on the top like colorful decor, they plump up perfectly when baked adding even more natural sugar to this fruity bake.
The word blueberry is no where to be found in the name of this dish, and that’s because you could sub in any fruit + fruit spread combo you like.
- Raspberries + raspberry jam
- Strawberries + strawberry jam
- Raisins + grape jam
- Apples + apple butter
- Or even mix and match!
Fruit-on-the-Bottom Baked Oatmeal
Makes 6 squares
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
10-12 pitted medjool dates
2 cups non-dairy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- In a blender, blend the non-dairy milk, vanilla extract, and dates until smooth.
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, cinnamon, and baking powder.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Line a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Spread the jam into the bottom of the pan evenly.
- Add the oat mixture on top of the jam.
- Top with fresh blueberries.
- Bake for 30-32 minutes at 375F until the edges are slightly browned.
- Let it cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Are you a fan of baked oatmeal, or a newbie like me?