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BAKED BLUEBERRY OATMEAL

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May is always a crazy month. We have half a dozen birthdays in our family, Mother's Day, bridal shower season, while I took on a part time job and a freelance deal, as well. Sometimes having more tasks helps you to manage your time better... at least I'm telling myself that is some proven theory. I'm honestly a bit spent on creativity at the moment, which ebs and flows for me, so I'm taking a few days to edit through the recipes I already have for the book. For your sake, edit out my ramblings mid-recipe or cut unnecessary descriptive words like "smooshy."

I made this baked oatmeal for a picnic with friends, and next time I host a brunch, these will be part of a larger spread. They would be great to make ahead of time and grab on your way out the door in the morning, too (although I am a proponent of sitting at a table for breakfast, even if you have to get up earlier, I know that's not always practical). Maybe even do raspberries and pistachios and replace the milk with coconut milk. The baked oatmeal world is your oyster.undefined

BAKED BLUEBERRY OATMEAL // Serves 6
Adapted from Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson

I used frozen blueberries because I had them, but I think that contributed to them coming out purple/gray color after baking. I'd suggest using fresh berries if you can.
You can see the original recipe at Lottie +Doof.

2 Cups Blueberries, plus extra for garnish

2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Aluminum Free Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

2 Cups Whole Milk
1 1/2 Tbsp. Melted Butter
1/3 - 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Toasted Chopped Almonds
1/4 Cup Turbinado Sugarundefined

1. Preheat the oven to 375'. Divide the berries between six small mason jars.
2. Mix the oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Divide the dry mix between the jars, just layering on top of the blueberries, about 1/3 cup.
3. Mix the milk, butter, maple and vanilla together. Pour a scant 1/2 cup on top of the oats, letting it seep through to the bottom. Place all the jars in a baking dish, sprinkle a few fresh berries on top, and bake on the middle rack for about 30 minutes until the liquid is absorbed, tops are just browned but the oats are still moist.
Sprinkle the tops with the toasted almonds and a pinch of turbinado sugar and serve warm!

* I poured a bit of extra milk on mine and Hugh preferred more maple, so adjust as you prefer.
If you are going to be reheating them, I suggest undercooking them 5-8 minutes to avoid dry oatmeal. Keep the nuts on the side until ready to eat. undefined

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Reader Comments (77)

What a gorgeous adaptation of Heidi's recipe! I made her original recipe and found it absolutely delicious! I love your version with little jars-perfect for on-to-go :)

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDessertForTwo

Sara, what a great idea with the jars. I love recipes of only a few ingredients like this one. This sounds perfect for an early summer morning. We are starting to have warm weather in Finland too. Can't wait for the wild blueberry season!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiina

I love that you put it into individual jars! Somehow, these things taste better when they're served in cute single-serving containers :) I love May - it's always buzzing. I'm just holding out for great weather to last through the end of the month :) I keep coming back to your birthday cake - so tempted to bake it for my birthday!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

How cute! I love that idea!

These are so adorable baked in their little mason jars! Such a perfect breakfast that you can update all summer with different seasonal berries and stone fruits.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Yum! I'll be making this immediately. Perfect for a day like today.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKacie

Too funny, May is hectic in my family too - Mother's Day, lots of birthdays, etc. I love the idea of baking individual oatmeal in jars. I am loving all Heidi's recipes, and must try this one soon too!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria @ Scandifoodie

Might be a bit off topic, but I looooove the jars :D

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSondre

such a great idea...will have to try this!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

I love how cute these are in the mason jars- what a fantastic idea, these look delicious!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbianca

I would have never thought to put it in jars! That's a really great idea. :)

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay Jewell

I love this in the little jars! So neat! Thanks for the inspiration!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

oh yum! what a great breakfast idea!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimply Life

This looks so lovely, presented in those cute ball jars. I love oats and blueberries, and baked makes them even better. Sounds so nourishing.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@spicedplate

what a wonderful idea to bake these in individual jars!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynna

Oooh! Yummmmm! We're into breakfast picnics lately and these would be perfect! Everything is better in individual servings. Mason jars are on my list.... or maybe just a bunch of jars of almond butter. ;)

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMollie

i love making time for breakfast in the morning. i may not go all out with my requisite cereal and fruit, but i always sit at the table and eat. i guess that's another thing us "neat freaks" like to do! :)

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterandrea

I love baked oatmeal but I REALLY love how you serve it in those jars!

This sounds delicious; I will definitely have to try it! I've never had baked oatmeal, and I love the idea of putting it in mason jars & taking them to-go or just saving for later.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Love this concept! Looks delicious! Mason jars are so great for so many things!!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw Twins

perfect idea!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranh

Perfect timing. Went blueberry picking this weekend and certainly in an oatmeal mood.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTender B.

I love that you baked oatmeal in jars. So pretty and practical! I'm a bit of an oatmeal (and maple syrup) fanatic so I must give this a try.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersweetsugarbean

I am making this tomorrow morning, subbing some coconut milk for regular and walnuts for the almonds. Blueberry-coconut-walnut sounds delightful.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

lovely ^__^ delicious recipe and adorable presentation!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertwomatoes

Love this recipe. My 3 and 5 year old said that I can make this anytime....and it is "really super good!"

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

ooooo this looks heavenly! I'll eat anything with almonds and blueberries - that combo is especially good on frozen yogurt!

I am loving Heidi's book! I have already made a couple of her recipes and this baked oatmeal is definitely in my plans :) I love how you've made them in the little bottles!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoey

yum! great idea

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole Franzen

Gorgeous ideas! Single portion dessert or snack are my favourite ones!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuls @ Juls' Kitchen

what a seriously good idea to bake them in jars!
so handy dandy!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralana (at) the food

this sounds SO good to me right now--i'm down with a cold--and i love that it's in individual jars. i might have to go make some...

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

I am a big fan of little jars; but I never thought of baking in them! Such a great idea! and it's portable too! I just drafted a post for easy oatmeal in the morning, but I am going to have to add your post for mini baked oatmeals. So great... aloha, andrea

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterandrea devon

Love this idea so much! I've been wanting to try this recipe so bad but haven't had a chance. But I love the idea of doing individual servings! Will definitely get around to it sooner now.

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Am so looking forward to your book--I love the cookbooks Ten Speed Press puts out and know yours will be just as beautiful!

I think putting the baked oatmeal into the jars is a lovely touch--I love the idea of using these for a brunch shower.

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I love baked oatmeal but have never thought to make individual baked oatmeals. The jars are such a great idea!

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious

This looks so fun! How creative are you?! I love how you baked the oatmeal in individual portions. So cute. Heidi's oatmeal has been on my to-make list for a while now... I guess your post means it's time I get some fresh berries and make myself a little breakfast treat :) Beautiful pictures.

Hi! I was about to make these for a trip to take with me, they look like a great way to have a healthy breakfast while travelling. I went to the local store (I live in Barcelona, Spain) and to my great disappointment they told me there are no glass jars that they know of that can be baked like this. Do you have any recommendations? Do they need to be special jars?
Thanks!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamila

baked oatmeal is my go-to treat for brunches with the girls!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

I love that you converted this recipe for mason jars! What a great way to have breakfast ready! I love oatmeal, and I have been eying this recipe, you just made it so much more convenient!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

@Camila - look for Mason jars (usually made by Ball or Kerr) which are plenty thick to withstand the heat of the oven. Glass breaks when it has a drastic change of temperature (ie. frozen to under hot water), this circumstance shouldn't break a jar that is intending for canning. I buy mine on Amazon if you can do that!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

What a perfect idea - in the mason jars! I was looking for a summer breakfast idea and this will be perfect to chill and take to work.

By the way Sara, I hope you win the Saveur cooking blog award. Sprouted Kitchen is much deserving of it. You've done an incredible job and created something truly original.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

I saw this recipe and now having seen it here, I know I have to make it. The idea of sitting on the dock on the Cape, looking out over the lake and eating one of these just brought a huge smile to my face.

These are such a great idea! Definitely will make next time I get out of Boston for a hike and picnic more special. Thanks for the great recipe.

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElle at Eat Boutique

WOW, so you can put mason jars in the oven safely?! How did I never realize this? You are opening up whole new horizons for me! Thank you so much for the cute, and classy technique. I live in the South so we particularly love our mason jars down here. :)

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

This is one of the recipes I tested for Super Natural Every Day! I've been making all of the recipes I tested for over a year, and it was so difficult to keep them under wraps before Heidi's book came out; it is so surreal
to see them popping up on different sites now. I love that you baked individual servings in mason jars; I love the idea of making a few up a couple of times a week, so that I can just grab one and go in the mornings.

Oh, and my husband is definitely a sit at the table for breakfast kind of person, no matter how early one needs to get up.

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonika

I don't like blueberries which is such a shame, I wish I liked them they look so delicious!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBenthe

Sara...I love all of the variations you could do here with different fruits and nuts. And, of course, the jars are lovely. I baked a blueberry breakfast buckle in ball jars once for a little breakfast gathering--looked very much the same. Happy long weekend to you!

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Gordon

love this adaptation! wonderful idea using the jars...and so cute! looks delicious.:)

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramanda@seegirlcook

This sounds incredible! What a great idea! I have some extra mason jars lying around and will definitely be making some of these baked oatmeals as soon as my backyard blueberry bush is ready to harvest!

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

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