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While I’m not a huge fan of super hot weather, there is something I absolutely love about summer: berries. Summer is berry season and berry season is the best season. Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, literally any berries are a favorite snack of mine. But, if I had to pick a favorite, it would be blueberries. So, even though I used blueberries in my Ginger Berry Basil Mocktail recipe, I wanted to develop a recipe that showcases the antioxidant powerhouse. I also wanted this recipe to serve as a healthy breakfast or a tasty treat. And thus, my Nutty Blueberry Baked Oatmeal was born.
What’s in Nutty Blueberry Baked Oatmeal?
So, obviously there’s oatmeal! I’m a big fan of rolled gluten-free oats because they’re packed with fiber and help regulate blood sugar. No one needs those blood sugar spikes and crashes, am I right? I also threw in some chia seeds for extra fiber, plant-based protein, and omega-3s. Flax eggs are also used in this recipe in place of chicken eggs. This adds extra omega-3s and fiber! Ceylon cinnamon is the perfect spice to include in this recipe. Not only does it pair incredibly well with blueberries and nuts, but it also helps regulate blood sugar. It’s the ideal companion for all that fiber. Another blood sugar friendly ingredient? Blueberries. These little orbs of sweetness are nutritional powerhouses packed with antioxidants, but have a low glycemic index. Not-so-blood sugar friendly? Maple syrup. But something needs to give this Nutty Blueberry Baked Oatmeal its sweetness! I have not tried this, but my diabetic friends could probably use agave and have similar result.
To bind everything together, and give this dish some extra flavor, I used cashew butter and applesauce. I’m finding that cashew butter is my favorite nut butter these days, and I’m super okay with that. It just has such a rich, mellow flavor and highlights the taste of the blueberries really well. The applesauce is great for binding as well, adding extra natural sweetness and even more fiber. I’m a big fan of fiber, can you tell? Coconut oil is used as the main source of fat in this dish, and for those of you who are not plant-based, you could probably use melted butter instead. Coconut oil gives the Nutty Blueberry Baked Oatmeal it’s near-flakiness. I honestly don’t know how else to describe it, but it’s delicious. Another source of healthy fats in this dish is the walnuts. Walnuts have the highest omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratio of any nut, making them great for brain health and inflammation. Plus, they add a great crunch and extra nuttiness to this Nutty Blueberry Baked Oatmeal!