Ah, March – that magical month where winter begins to melt away and hints of spring start to appear. It’s the perfect time to try out a new breakfast recipe that’s both warming and nutritious to keep our energy levels up during this transition period. One of my favorite breakfast dishes that I’ve recently discovered is a scrumptious Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal. It has quickly become a family favorite, especially for my youngest son, Nick.
Just last weekend, Nick had a sailing class early in the morning. As usual, he was full of energy and excitement, even though the sun had barely risen. I wanted to make sure he had a hearty breakfast that would keep him going throughout the class. That’s when I thought of making this delicious and wholesome baked oatmeal. The combination of warm spices, sweet maple syrup, and crunchy walnuts was an instant hit with Nick. He cleaned his plate in record time, gave me a big hug, and declared it the best breakfast ever! My heart swelled with joy as I watched him run off to his sailing adventure, fueled by my home-cooked meal.
This recipe is incredibly easy to prepare and can even be made ahead of time, making it perfect for busy weekday mornings or leisurely weekend brunches. The delightful aroma that fills the house as it bakes is simply irresistible. So, let’s get started on our Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal!
Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal (Serves 6)
– 2 cups rolled oats
– 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, divided
– 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 2 cups milk (any variety will work)
– 1 large egg
– 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
– 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
– 1 large ripe banana, sliced
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease an 8×8-inch baking dish with butter or non-stick spray.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, half of the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, maple syrup, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
4. Arrange the banana slices in a single layer at the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
5. Pour the oat mixture evenly over the banana slices, using a spoon to spread it out if necessary.
6. Slowly pour the milk mixture over the oats, making sure it gets evenly distributed.
7. Sprinkle the remaining walnuts on top.
8. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the oatmeal has set.
9. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy it warm with an extra drizzle of maple syrup on top, if desired!
I hope you and your family enjoy this comforting Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal as much as we do. It’s a fantastic way to start your day with a smile and a satisfied tummy. Happy cooking and sharing those precious family moments!