Blueberry Banana Coconut Oatmeal Bake… bressert!


bressert = breakfast + dessert!  I thought I invented a brilliant new idea, but then I googled bressert and it already exists.  Darn!mayan hot chocolate 231

When my blogger buddy, Parita (myInnerShakti), recently instagrammed a photo of her Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Bake, I thought to myself, what is that??????????  I want it NOW!  And so I baked oatmeal.  mayan hot chocolate 187

It never ceases to amaze me how delicious healthy food can taste, especially if it is prepared with the right ingredients.  mayan hot chocolate 212

It is really all about your mindset.  Once you change your mindset and tell yourself this stuff is good for me, you start believing it, and once you start believing it, you start enjoying the simpler things in life, like whole foods. mayan hot chocolate 223

And I PROMISE you that once you change the way you eat, you will forever change the way you look, and in turn you will feel better about yourself.  It’s true!  I lost 20 pounds and kept it off for over 7 years, so I do know a thing or two about eating right.  mayan hot chocolate 226

Blueberries and bananas on their own are so pleasing to the palette, throw in some coconut and you’ve got a seriously healthy indulgence here.  mayan hot chocolate 232

Speaking of coconut, I have taken note that many commercial brands of coconut milk contain the controversial ingredient carrageenan which may possibly be a cancer causing ingredient.  Since I am no longer sure what brand of coconut milk to use, I turned to Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Light Coconut Milk which only contains 3 ingredients, and carrageenan is NOT one of them.  mayan hot chocolate 244

Prepare this oatmeal bake on a Sunday and you’ll have leftovers for the week.  Great idea that originally comes to you from Gina at SkinnyTaste, but a very special thanks to Parita for instagramming the photo in the first place.mayan hot chocolate 252

NUTRITION: Oats help reduce cholesterol and are a good source of Protein and Fiber.  Blueberries are a very good source of Vitamin C and Fiber.  They are a good source of Vitamin E. In addition, blueberries are an ANTIOXIDANT POWERHOUSE.  Bananas are a very good source of Vitamin B6.  They are also a good source of Vitamin C and Fiber.  Coconut is low in cholesterol and sodium, and it is a good source of fiber.  Although coconut contains high amounts of saturated fats, not all saturated fats pose as a health problem, especially those linked with coconut.  Having said that, coconut is a saturated fat and should be eaten in moderation.  Milk is a very good source of Calcium and Vitamin D.  It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamins A and K.  Walnuts are an excellent source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin E which are both good for your skin.  


INGREDIENTS (makes 4 to 6 servings in a 9" round baking dish)
(recipe originally from Gina @ SkinnyTaste; my modified version below without butter, with less sugar + coconut):
  • Organic Old-Fashioned Oats – 1 cup
  • Walnuts – 1/2 cup chopped  =>  1/4 cup (for the dry ingredients) + 1/4 cup (for the topping)
  • Baking Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 3/4 tsp
  • Salt – just a pinch
  • Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Canned Light Coconut Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Organic Milk 2% Reduced Fat – 1/2 cup  (or use 1% Low Fat)
  • Organic Egg – 1
  • Pure Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
  • Pure Honey – 1 tbsp
  • Organic Bananas – 2 medium  (thickly sliced)
  • Organic Blueberries – 1 1/4 cups (or 6 ounces)  =>  1/2 cup (for the bottom) + 3/4 cup (for the topping)
  • Let’s Do… Organic’s Unsweetened Shredded Coconut – 1/4 cup

DIRECTIONS:
1. Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees.preheat
2. Grease the bottom of a baking dish with butter or oil  (I used butter).
3. Slice and arrange the banana slices at the bottom of the baking dish.
4. Add the blueberries to the baking dish.  Set aside.
5. Chop 1/2 cup of walnuts.  Split in half. 
6. Add half the walnuts to a bowl. 
7. Add the oatmeal, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Gently combine. 
8. Add the dry mixture over the banana & blueberries.
9. Now combine the wet ingredients in a bowl… light coconut milk, reduced-fat milk, egg, vanilla extract, and honey. 
10. Mix all the wet ingredients well. 
11. Evenly pour the wet mixture over the oatmeal. 
12. Looks so creamy and delicious.  YUM!
13. Top with the remaining blueberries.
14. Top with shredded coconut.
15. Top with the remaining walnuts. 
16. Into the oven for 30 minutes. 
17. Serve immediately.  Drizzle extra coconut milk on top if desired.  So delicious!  mayan hot chocolate 220

TELL ME: What are your thoughts on the controversial ingredient carrageenan?  What’s your favorite Coconut Milk brand without carrageenan?


25 comments:

  1. Send a slice this way please :)! This looks amazing and doesn't look "healthy" at all- which is a great sign! I loved the opening of this post about healthy foods..more than counting calories, it's about fuelling your bodies with whole foods most of the time. So long as they make up the bulk of your diet, the occasional cupcake or burger doesn't matter! And the only way to make it a sustainable lifestyle is to actually enjoy it and find ways that make you WANT to eat these kinds of food....and this bake is a perfect example of that!

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  2. LOVE your version! Sounds sooo good - rich w/out being rich, if you know what I mean!

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  3. Definitely thought that was cheese on top when I first saw the picture. Haha Monday mornings... Can't wait to try this out!

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  4. OMG this looks unreal. How on earth have I missed this? For sure I will be keeping it to make in the near future. I am loving the fruit in it and the coconut milk combo. Nice to know about the carragean gum. I will be watching for that on my food labels in the future :-)

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  5. oh my this looks just delicious! I will have to make this ASAP. So when eating leftover, how would you recommend heating it? I did not know about carragean besides them being a thickener will have to watch out and read more on that.

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  6. @Annemarie - thanks! :)
    @Akila - thank you!

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  7. @Dixya - It is delicious. When eating leftovers, just microwave a piece for about 30-45 seconds max. Yeah, carrageenan actually exists in a bunch of brands for Coconut/Almond milk and they sell these brands at Whole Foods. Very scary!!!

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  8. @eatgood4life - fruit and coconut milk together is yummy, especially when baked. Glad you approve. :)

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  9. @Lauren - wow, didn't even think of this to be cheese on top.. you just gave me another idea. :) Thanks, let me know how it works out.

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  10. @Parita - Yes, I know.. I removed the butter and extra honey, but I added coconut. Even swap! :)

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  11. @Khushboo - sendinggggggg.. did you get it? Haha. I love your summary of what I was "trying" to say. :) Yes, the majority of our foods should come from whole foods, so the occasional burger/cupcake doesn't hurt us, I should know, I eat a cupcake every freakin' week. Thanks K! :)

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  12. This looks absolutely delicious! I love oatmeal for breakfast/brunch.

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  13. Yay for fueling your body with whole foods! I love this post and I cannot wait to dig into this fabulous dish! The bluberries, the coconut milk, and the COCONUT!! Ohhhhh yummy.

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  14. Adorei, uma verdadeira tentação, kiss

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  15. @Alexis - Thank you.. I think the coconut and coconut milk are the best part. Whole Foods taste pretty good when paired correctly. :)

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  16. Send a few slices my way!! Oh my gosh, I made this similar oatmeal bake a few months ago -- but never blog about it :)

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  17. @Kiran - sending them.. I love oatmeal bake.. can't wait to try new versions. I would love to see your version, your stuff is incredible Kiran.

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  18. wow..looks so delicious....have to try this one day..
    http://foody-buddy.blogspot.com/

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  19. @Gayathri - thanks.. hope you do.
    @Sophia - thanks.. IKR! :)

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  20. I use only the real coconut. Keep coconut in the freezer for about half an hour or so and with the help of a hammer pound the coconut with it, in order to remove the shell. Now you have the coconut flesh. Cut the coconut flesh into small pieces and grind it in the mixer with some water and strain the milk out. So you don't need to worry cancer causing ingredient in the canned or bottled coconut.

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    1. Probably a good idea to only use real coconut, just don't have a hammer and I'm scared to even use it. :(

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  21. Just made this for teacher appreciation breakfast and some for my kids at home, too. I tripled the recipe for the teachers (doubled it for us) and only used 2 eggs instead of 3 though and worked out perfect. LOVED it! Found unsweetened coconut flakes that are soooo delicious! Thank you!

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