Winter Berry Baked Oatmeal


I can tell we've been busier than usual these past few months, since its been about that long since I posted a new oatmeal.   

Our freezer has been stocked with frozen berries this winter, giving us the perfect excuse to try a new oatmeal combination.  If you want something quick I might save this one for a different day, it takes about an hour from start to finish.  For this recipe I used a mix of frozen berries, but any type you have on hand will work. 

Winter Berry Baked Oatmeal
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups milk
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1 1/2 cups (approximately) frozen mixed berries
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Sea salt, for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 375°.  Coat an 8x8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Combine oats, walnuts, sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and baking powder in a large bowl and set aside.  In a sauce pan over low-medium heat stir the cranberries until they soften and begin to pop.  Meanwhile, mix the milk, egg, vanilla and butter together until well combined.  Line the bottom of the baking dish with the frozen fruit until it coats the entire surface in one layer.  Spread the oat mixture evenly on top, followed by the cooked cranberries.  Lastly, pour the wet mixture over the oats and cranberries and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon and a small amount of sea salt.  Bake on the middle rack for about 35 minutes, until the oats are thoroughly cooked.  Serve warm and top with milk, or greek yogurt if desired.