Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal

Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal

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Blueberry Coconut Baked OatmealI keep a running list on my smartphone called “Go-To Dinner Ideas.” It features meals that are both easy to make and sure to please, and I reference it often when making my grocery list for the upcoming two weeks (since we’re trying to save money by making fewer trips to the grocery store). 

The list features staples like tacos and pasta, plus some of our personal favorites like tuna melts and stir fries. 

It also includes these three delicious letters: B-F-D.

Breakfast For Dinner.

At least twice a month we have breakfast for dinner in some form or another—maybe an egg casserole with veggies or (my toddler’s personal favorite) pancakes with fresh fruit.

Last week we went with this Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal, which totally hit the spot!

Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 2 medium bananas, sliced
  2. 2 cups blueberries, divided
  3. 2 cups rolled oats
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  5. 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  6. 1 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  8. 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  9. pinch each ground nutmeg, cloves, and salt
  10. 2 cups milk (skim works fine)
  11. 1 large egg
  12. 1 tbsp margarine or butter, melted & cooled
  13. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  14. 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly coat an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Layer the banana slices over the bottom of the dish. Top with 1 cup blueberries, and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, coconut flakes, remaining blueberries, brown sugar, baking powder, and spices. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  5. Pour the oat mixture on top of the bananas and blueberries. Pour the milk mixture over the oat mixture.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top layer is lightly browned and crisp. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
Adapted from Healthy Food for Living
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Note: I tried the recipe once with almond milk, and unfortunately the results were less than stellar. The texture just wasn’t right. My apologies to the vegan and dairy-free crowd! 

Who else loves Breakfast For Dinner? What’s your favorite BFD meal? 

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37 Comments

  1. Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 07:22:04

    Yum! I’ve made something very similar with half oats, half quinoa, that I found in a quinoa cookbook. BFD is definitely a go-to dinner for me, seems like I can always whip something up even when it feels like I’ve got nothing in the house to eat. I’d love to hear your other go-to dinner ideas!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 16, 2014 @ 13:55:18

      That’s a great idea for another post! And the half-oat, half-quinoa dish sounds wonderful!

      Reply

  2. Wendy
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 08:14:06

    We don’t do a ton of BFDs around here, as we often do more lunch/dinner combos. With Scott and I both working from home, and our meal schedules individually different It’s easier that way.

    Yesterday I made steak soup (started at 840, served about 140). Today we’re roasting a chicken which will become enchiladas and soup later this week.

    I’ll toss some rice and vegs with those for me, and we’re good to go. Plus our freezer will be more stocked with easy meals, not just frozen meat.

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 16, 2014 @ 13:54:32

      A well-stocked freezer is an amazing thing!

      Reply

  3. Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 08:44:50

    We are simple around these parts – scrambled eggs and pancakes and fruit. This looks delicious though. Can I tell you my biggest hurdle to BFD is my husband? He is completely against the idea. I don’t know if it’s something about his Italian heritage or just his stubbornness!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 16, 2014 @ 13:53:54

      My husband is the exact opposite. In fact, it’s his favorite thing to make when he’s in charge of dinner!

      Reply

  4. Emily Cotton
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 12:03:07

    we LOVE breakfast for dinner and this sounds like a great recipe!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 16, 2014 @ 13:52:08

      Let me know if you give it a try, Emily!

      Reply

  5. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 12:09:42

    I make a peanut butter baked oatmeal that is fabulous with a little maple syrup and a piece of ham on the side!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 16, 2014 @ 13:51:45

      YUM! Sounds wonderful!

      Reply

      • Lori
        Jun 21, 2016 @ 11:31:04

        Care to share your recipe?

        Reply

  6. Abby McDonald
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 16:56:07

    Oh yes, we do BFD at least once a week. Usually it’s pancakes or waffles with either bacon or sausage and eggs, but this looks yummy. I’m definitely going to bookmark this recipe for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  7. Abby McDonald
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 16:59:40

    Oh, and I just created a yum print account! I’ve never heard of this before. Great idea.

    Reply

  8. Dana
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 18:24:08

    I saw you post this on FB and had to rush right over. I need to make this right now! Well, not right now, but very soon. I’m so excited to try this Katie – BFD is my favorite!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 16, 2014 @ 21:34:38

      Hope you love it as much as I do, Dana!

      Reply

  9. Tamara
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 20:42:03

    I love BFL (lunch) but BFD is definitely my favorite! It’s just so special. And baked oatmeal has always tasted amazing to me.

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 16, 2014 @ 21:34:55

      Me too! It has such a great texture, I think.

      Reply

  10. Tove Stakkestad
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 23:52:12

    I LOVE BFD – I always serve it when my husband travels – the kids love it and I look like cool fun mom! I will have to try this recipe!!!! Pinned it!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 17, 2014 @ 14:48:46

      That’s because you ARE cool fun mom!

      Reply

  11. Nina
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 10:26:26

    Delish! I tend to like the sweet breakfasts for mornings, then the not-so-sweet ones for dinner. Some faves include quiche, frittatas and breakfast burritos. Yum!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 17, 2014 @ 14:47:59

      I love a good breakfast burrito as well!

      Reply

  12. Eli@coachdaddy
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 15:27:37

    bfd is the greatest thing since …. probably sausage. Our favorite: Pancakes, hashbrowns, eggs. Anything else we can add.

    My youngest loves oatmeal. here’s hoping she won’t pick out the blueberries. (If she does – more for me.)

    Reply

  13. Angela Gilmore
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 15:52:10

    Yum! This looks great. I’ve still never tried baked oatmeal, and I have no idea why it always looks so good! I love breakfast for dinner, especially waffles. Jack doesn’t like pancakes and I am literally baffled by it every time!

    Reply

  14. another jennifer
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 21:48:26

    Love breakfast for dinner! I just found a recipe that involved baking an egg and bacon in an avocado. Yum!

    Reply

  15. Kenya G. Johnson
    Jul 18, 2014 @ 16:48:08

    Thanks so much for the Almond Milk info because I probably would have done that. I don’t have a problem with real milk in recipes though. But what I keep on hand is canned milk – like carnation evaporated. Do you think that would work or should I stick to the script?

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 19, 2014 @ 07:06:05

      I’m not 100% sure, but since canned milk is generally good for cooking/baking, I’m thinking it would be fine! Let me know if you give it a try!

      Reply

  16. Seana Turner
    Jul 18, 2014 @ 16:57:13

    This is the perfect time of year for blueberry recipes – I love them! I’ve never tried with the coconut before, but I would definitely enjoy this:) We do breakfast for dinner too (mostly when Dad is traveling…). It’s always a hit!

    Reply

  17. Lizzi
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 08:06:06

    We don’t usually do BFD, but we should! I love oatmeal and this looks DELISH! Can’t wait to try! 🙂

    Reply

  18. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 09:34:22

    Yum – I love the cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove undertones in this! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  19. Lauren
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 11:14:11

    This looks delicious! My kids love breakfast for dinner and this will be a fun thing to serve!

    Reply

  20. GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 10:15:38

    Definitely a BFD gal. I love turkey bacon and eggs for dinner every now and then but usually it’s oatmeal 😀
    Thanks for sharing!
    #SITSBlogging

    Reply

  21. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    Jul 22, 2014 @ 11:02:07

    Yum! And oatmeal is so good for you too! This will be a great breakfast once we get started with back to school!

    Reply

  22. Gaye @CalmHealthySexy
    Jul 24, 2014 @ 09:06:41

    Hi Katie – Oh my, this looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party! Pinning to our group board.

    Reply

  23. Kelley
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 15:01:10

    Hi Katie! Thanks for the great recipe idea! I am relatively new to cooking. Two questions… Could one use defrosted blueberries instead of fresh? Or would it make it too soupy? Also, do you know if this freezes well? I’m a singleton and can’t eat 6 servings that quickly. Thanks so much!

    ~Kelley

    Reply

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