Baked Oatmeal Casserole: What does that say about me?


What does the food you eat say about you?

I heard a conversation on the radio this week that made me think about this question. A woman called in and said she has a six year old hamburger from a popular fast food restaurant sitting in her office. In six years, it hasn’t molded, decayed, smelled or disintegrated. She says it looks exactly like it did when she first bought it.  What started as a funny experiment has completely changed the way she looks at food choices.

That’s nasty. I’m just sayin’. It’s clearly very little actual meat and a whole lot of lard, hooves, chemicals, tailbones, salt, baby tears and who knows what else. You’re welcome for the visual.

So I ask you again. What does the food you eat say about you?

Yesterday my team was having a breakfast potluck, and while trying to decide who would bring what, I proposed that everyone bring in something that defines who they are.

Mary brought brownies, because she’s dark and rich.


{This is Mary.}

I brought baked oatmeal casserole.


I am:
Full of energy
A lil’ salty
Occasionally nutty
Always fruity
Easy. …To be around. Mmmkay?

This DELICIOUSLY light and flavorful casserole easily fed my team of 15. But we had a LOT of food. And we like to share. We’re cool like that.

This baked oatmeal is a great breakfast potluck recipe since it’s easy to make, transport and share. And since we learned that sharing is caring, here’s how to make it!


Adapted from Urban Nester’s recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 6 (or 15)

2 cups rolled /old-fashioned oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (can also use walnut pieces)
1 cup raspberries (any berries work}
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
2 cups soy milk (any milk will do)
1/2 cup honey
1 large egg
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices

1. Preheat oven to 375°F and generously spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, half the seeds, half the berries and half the chocolate. (Save the other half of berries, seeds and chocolate for later.)

3. In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, honey, egg, oil and vanilla.

4. Pour the oat mixture to prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly. Arrange bananas and remaining berries, seeds, chocolate on top.baked-oatmeal-step-4

5. Pour the milk mixture over everything. Gently shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.baked-oatmeal-step-5

6. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set.baked-oatmeal-step-6

7. Get ready to eat the crap outta some oatmeal.

Baked Oatmeal Collage

What food describes you?

Do you have a favorite healthy baking substitution?

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5 thoughts on “Baked Oatmeal Casserole: What does that say about me?

  1. Oh wow! That is a crazy treat 🙂 I wish that I could open a packet and that delicious mix would pour into a bowl! 😉 You should package that up and sell it… Quaker Oats wouldn’t know WHAT TO DO!!!!

    A bulk of my diet is fish and spaghetti squash… Hmm… Well lets just hope that doesn’t mean that I am FISHY and people think I string them along, that couldn’t be farther from the true. LOL!
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  2. Matt loves baked oats! And before we got a rice cooker for daily steel cuts, I baked him oats that reheated great throughout the week. If you plan on reheating, put the bananas and other fruit on the bottom of the pan with oats on top to keep the bananas from drying out. What lucky coworkers!
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