Oatmeal is the perfect warm, comforting fall breakfast to start your day. Tuesday is National Oatmeal Day, and registered dietician Melanie Hallal has a few delicious recipes you can craft any morning.
BAKED STRAWBERRY OATMEAL
2 cups oats (quick-cooking)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg, beaten
7 whole strawberries, hulled (Driscoll's)
Blueberries, Strawberries and/or Raspberries (optional for topping)
In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, milk, baking powder and a beaten egg. In a separate bowl puree strawberries with an immersion blender or use a blender or food processor to puree the strawberries. Mix pureed strawberries into oat mixture.
Pour oat mixture into 13x9 greased baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees until mixture is thick and slightly firm. Remove from oven, let sit five minutes then cut into squares and serve.
Optional: For added fun use favorite cookie cutters to cut out shapes from oatmeal. Place shapes on plates and create designs on top with fresh berries.
Before baking sprinkle brown sugar (about 1/4 cup) on top of the oatmeal.
TRIPLE BERRY OATMEAL SCONES
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Old fashioned or quick cooking oats
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon grated orange or lemon zest (optional)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature, cubed
1 cup mixed berries -- blueberries, raspberries or blackberries
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray.
Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add berries to flour mixture and toss carefully to coat.
Whisk buttermilk, egg and vanilla together in a small bowl. Create a well in center of flour and berry mixture. Pour in buttermilk mixture and gently mix just until dough forms.
Flour hands and place dough on a well-floured work surface. Gently knead twice just to form into a ball. Pat into an 8-inch circle, about 3/4-inch thick. With a floured spatula or sharp knife, cut into 8 even wedges. Place wedges on prepared baking sheet, leaving space between wedges. Brush tops with additional buttermilk and sprinkle with additional sugar, if desired. Bake 14 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
Heart Health: Eating whole grains and berries can lower your risk for several diseases, including high blood pressure and Type II Diabetes.
Weight Management: Oatmeal and berries are a good source of fiber and both are low in calories. That means you're going to feel full for a long time!
Women's Health: Cancer-fighting ellagic acid appears in high amounts in strawberries raspberries and blackberries. In addition, fiber from whole grains and fruit protect against breast cancer.
- More than 80 percent of all U.S. households have at least one container of oatmeal in their pantries
- Oats were discovered in China in 7,000 BC but the ancient Greeks were the first known civilization to use oats as cereal
- The most popular oatmeal toppings are: milk, sugar and fruit