Come October 1, American-based food blogs take on a fevered orange tinge – pumpkin orange, that is – as we go cra-zee for pumpkin recipes. I have my own collection, My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes but am always happy to add another! "Never look a gift pumpkin in the face," I say, especially when it's a healthy pumpkin recipe. :-)
The last few weeks, I've been made one pan of Easy Baked Oatmeal after another, twice with blueberries and bananas, twice with apples and pears (and the all-important bananas), then twice more with pumpkin and pears (and more bananas). It took some tweaking to get the right amount of pumpkin and pumpkin-pie-type spices and the baking time right, but the last batch was just excellent.
What makes Baked Oatmeal so good is, first, the oats, there's a lot of them and the texture is totally about the oats. But they're barely sweet - I made it with sorghum (my favorite), maple syrup, honey and even one of those sugar-free syrups people put in their coffee, all were excellent. Still, the fruit adds such a critical dimension of both sweetness and texture, the bananas on the bottom, the soft fruit throughout the oats. The nuts, too, some in the oats, some on top, what great texture contrast. So yes I'm really high on this recipe, it's the first time, I think, that I've published two variations of the same recipe on both Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture.
But then again, you might just chalk it up to, you know, Pumpkin Fever.
RECIPE for BAKED OATMEAL with PUMPKIN & PEARS
Time to table: 90 minutes
1 large egg
1-1/2 cups (185g) buttermilk or skim milk
1 cup (235g) pumpkin purée
1/3 cup (105g) sweetener (see NOTES)
2 tablespoons (30g) melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups (190g) old-fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup (30g) chopped toasted walnuts (don’t skip)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/16 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2 ripe pears, skins on, chopped in small pieces (save aside about half to slice for the top)
2 ripe bananas, cut in small chunks
1/4 cup (30g) chopped toasted walnuts
2 tablespoons raw sugar
Warm maple syrup or half & half, optional
Preheat oven to 375F. Butter an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish. (If you’re doubling the recipe, double the ingredients and use a 9x13 pan.)
OAT MIXTURE In a large bowl, whisk the egg, then whisk in the buttermilk, sweetener, butter and vanilla. Stir in the oatmeal, 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, baking powder, spices and salt. Stir in chopped pear.
TO COMBINE Arrange the banana pieces in the bottom of baking dish, cover with Oat Mixture. Arrange pear slices decoratively on top, sprinkle with ¼ cup toasted walnuts and raw sugar.
BAKE Bake uncovered for 50 – 60 minutes until top is golden and oat mixture has set. Let cool for 5 – 10 minutes.
TO SERVE Cut into nine pieces, serve warm plain or drizzled with a little warm maple syrup or my favorite for temperature contrast, half & half.
LEFTOVERS Cover and refrigerate, this may look like "cake" but it's not. Rewarms beautifully in the microwave in 30 seconds.
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
SWEETENER - I'm partial to sorghum but have also used maple syrup, honey and even a sugar-free almond syrup. All work!
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