Nutty Blueberry Baked Oatmeal (Vegan, GF)

Nutty Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

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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.  Nutty Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

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. Nutty Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

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! Nutty Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

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Nutty Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 28-30 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 28-30 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Make the flax eggs in 2 separate small bowls. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. While flax eggs set up, preheat oven to 350F and spray an 8"x8" baking pan (I use glass) with desired cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  3. After flax eggs are ready, add them to a large mixing bowl with maple syrup, cashew butter, coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Whisk until all ingredients are fully combined.
  4. With a rubber spatula, mix in oats, chia seeds, and cinnamon.
  5. Fold in blueberries and walnut pieces.
  6. Pour mixture into pan and spread until mixture covers the entire pan evenly.
  7. Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack while still in the pan.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature alone or with yogurt, maple syrup, or even ice cream. Enjoy!
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    1. Thank you! It was definitely a hit in my house. Cashew butter is probably my favorite nut butter! I highly recommend it!

  1. OH! I am so making these this weekend! I am on a journey to step away from products with chemicals and additives and preservatives. But my kids love cereal bars and cookies and such. I bet they will love these. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Girl I’m in the same boat! Trying to avoid all those chemicals and additives too! But I really hope you guys like these! Please let me know if you make them!

  2. YUMMY! And I can actually eat it, thanks for sharing such great GF and vegan recipes. I so appreciate it.

    1. aw thank you so much! That means the world to me because that’s exactly what I’m trying to do! And blueberries are one of my favorite fruits too!

    1. I always like having recipes that are accessible to as many people as possible! Not every recipe is vegan, but quite a few are. I’m glad you found something you like!

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