Even though traditional oatmeal comes together quickly, baked oatmeal is on another level. It's got the "set it and forget it" aspect that you'll fall in love with!

Baked Berry Oatmeal [Vegan]

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) warm water
  • 2 tablespoons (17 g) chia seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups (230 g) rolled oats
  • 4 cups (600 g) mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, etc.), cut into bite-sized pieces if necessary, divided
  • 2/3 cup (66 g) raw walnut halves or sunflower seeds, divided
  • 1 cup (235 ml) plain unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
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Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC, or gas mark 4).
  2. Mix the water and the chia seeds in a large liquid measuring cup and set aside.
  3. Place the oats, half of the berries, and half of the walnuts in a 9-inch (23 cm) round baking dish.
  4. Add the nondairy milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt to the chia mixture and whisk until well combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and gently stir to incorporate.
  6. Bake the oatmeal for 45 minutes, until slightly golden in color.
  7. The oatmeal should be a little soft, as it will firm slightly while cooling. Let the oatmeal cool on a rack for 20 minutes. Cut it into fifths, place in 5 storage containers, and top each serving with the remaining berries and walnuts.
  8. Oatmeal can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

In a pinch, frozen berries work well here. They may get a little soggy in the topping, but they’ll still taste good.

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