This simple, heart healthy baked blueberry pie oatmeal is the perfect batch cooking recipe for breakfast.
This baked blueberry pie oatmeal is the perfect quick and delicious batch cooking breakfast recipe. It is one of our favorite healthy breakfast options because it’s so versatile and easy. The combinations of flavors and textures are endless! You can eat it warm or cold, and it is a great alternative to overnight oats.
We love that this baked blueberry pie oatmeal recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free. It’s also a great source of heart healthy foods like oats, almonds, and blueberries (see nutrition facts below for more info).
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The recipe makes about 6 – 8 servings, so you can heat it up and eat it all week or share with your family. It only takes about 10 minutes to whisk it all together and pop in the oven. No expensive ingredients or complicated baking skills are needed!
BAKED BLUEBERRY PIE OATMEAL:
Let’s start with blueberries, which are great for heart health because of their unique phytonutrient content. They are very high in flavonoids like anthocyanin, which give them their blue hue and help fight inflammation.
They also contain a compound called stilbenoids, which have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Stillbenoids may also have antidiabetic, cardioprotective, neuroprotective, and chemopreventive (anti-cancer) properties.
Blueberries are high in vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, and fiber, which all promote heart health.
Oats contain several key nutrients that make them a superfood for heart health. Studies have found that the soluble fibers in oats, known as beta-glucans, have a unique ability to lower total and LDL cholesterol (3). Research has found that eating oats regularly is associated with decreased risk of heart attack (4).
Oats also contain unique phenolic phytonutrients that help fight inflammation, one of the root causes of cardiovascular disease. Oat saponins found in the bran portion of the oat have also been associated with decreased levels of LDL and total cholesterol.
Finally, many studies have demonstrated that oat consumption is associated with a decreased risk of metabolic syndrome and obesity, lower waist circumference, and lower BMI, all of which decrease your risk of heart disease (5, 6, 7).
Stick to steel-cut oats, oat bran, and/or old fashioned rolled oats to get the most benefits out of eating oats.
Almonds have several key nutrients that help support heart health, including monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, fiber, flavanoids, magnesium and potassium.
Several studies have found that daily consumption of almonds decreases both total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (8).
Chia seeds are an amazing source of omega-3 fats, which help fight inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, the soluble fiber in chia seeds helps decrease blood lipids by decreasing their absorption in the gut
Heart Healthy Baked Blueberry Pie Oatmeal
- 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups Califia Farms Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
- 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg or flax egg For flax egg: combine 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 2 tbsp water in separate bowl. Place in the refrigerator while you prepare rest of recipe. Once ready, add to recipe.
- 2 cups organic blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Bob's Red Mill Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- Drizzle of nut butter
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9” by 9” baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, chia seeds, and sea salt.
- In a smaller bowl, combine the egg (or flax egg), unsweetened applesauce, unsweetened almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, and whisk together.
- First, pour the dry ingredients (from the large bowl) into the baking pan, as well as 1 ½ cups of the organic blueberries.
- Then, pour the wet ingredients (from the smaller bowl) into the baking pan and gently shake the pan to allow the dry and wet ingredients to intertwine
- Finish by topping the last ½ cup of organic blueberries and the sliced almonds on top.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The recipe is done when you are able to remove a toothpick cleanly.
- Cut into 6-8 pieces and top with desired toppings or eat as is, and enjoy!
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week, which makes this recipe great for batch cooking.
- Use frozen organic blueberries in place of fresh, and in this case you do not have to thaw beforehand, just simply follow the recipe as is.
- Option to add 2 - 4 scoops of collagen powder to this recipe to make it higher in protein.
- *To make a flax egg, combine 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 2 tablespoons of water in a separate small bowl, and then place in the fridge while you continue to prepare the rest of the ingredients (~15 minutes). From there, you’ll simply pour it into the wet ingredients and continue on with the recipe as is.
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