For many of us, wholesome and delicious weekday breakfasts seem like an unachievable fantasy. Those extra 30 minutes of sleep are simply too precious to pass up, even if it results in a growling stomach. The fix? A blueberry pear oatmeal bake that you can make tonight and dish out all week. The recipe comes from Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body ($14; amazon.com), a new cookbook by Amie Valpone, the founder of TheHealthyApple.com.
“Something as simple as baking oatmeal in the oven instead of cooking it on the stovetop changes it completely, giving it a thicker and chewier texture,” writes Valpone. She adds, “Be sure to let the baked oatmeal rest for 15 minutes before serving. If you serve it directly out of the oven, it will crumble!” Try the recipe below.
Sunday Morning Blueberry Pear Oatmeal Bake
Serves 6 to 8
3 tbsp melted coconut oil, divided
1 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp water
2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
½ cup chopped raw pecans
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cardamom
Large pinch sea salt
1¾ cups unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
½ large pear, cored and thinly sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries
Nut butter, optional
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a large cast-iron skillet with 1 tbsp of the oil and set aside.
2. Place the chia seeds in a small bowl and add the water. Set aside for 5 minutes to form a gel. Then mix well.
3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, pecans, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, cardamom, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, the remaining 2 tbsp oil, and the chia gel mixture. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
4. Place the sliced pear in a single layer on the bottom of the skillet. Pour the oatmeal mixture over the pear slices and top with the blueberries. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let the oatmeal set for 15 minutes before serving. Drizzle with nut butter, if desired, and serve.
Text excerpted from Eating Clean, © 2016 by Amie Valpone. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.