blueberry pecan oatmeal bake makes the perfect post-workout meal!I work out at 6 AM on most weekdays, then I shower and get ready for work at my gym (Health House KC). I go straight to work and eat my pre-made breakfast at my desk once I arrive, while checking emails. Is this the most glamorous or mindful way to eat? Nope. Is it reality? Yep. I’m also very ready for some food after my workouts, so having some delicious and healthy food to refuel post-workout is essential!
Blueberry pecan baked oatmeal: inspired by ambitious kitchenThis recipe has become one of my absolute favorites to prep ahead for breakfast, and FYI — it is husband-approved! The original recipe is from Ambitious Kitchen (whose recipes I LOVE) and it’s called Strawberry Banana Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal. I will typically eat it along with 1-2 hard boiled eggs for a hearty post-workout meal with carbohydrates and protein to help me recover and refuel. All I did to switch up this recipe was swap in frozen blueberries (I always have these on hand for smoothies and baked goods), threw in Further Food collagen peptides for additional protein, and chopped pecans for some extra healthy fats and crunch! If you prefer strawberries, use them instead! If you like walnuts better than pecans, go for it! You can’t go wrong with any of these combinations. And let us not forget about the addition of dark chocolate chips. If anyone tells you that you can’t or shouldn’t have chocolate for breakfast, don’t talk to that person anymore. You don’t need that negativity in your life. 😉 ALSO, dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, so it’s practically a vegetable. You’re welcome.
blueberry pecan baked oatmeal is freezer-friendlyThe most important thing I want to tell you about this recipe: it is freezer-friendly! As are most baked goods, in case you’ve never tried it. I wait for the whole pan to cool, cut into individual servings, and put them into sandwich sized baggies. Then I put all the small bags into one sealed gallon freezer bag. When I am packing our lunches during the week, I’ll pull one out the night before and put it in our lunch boxes in the fridge, then microwave it when I get to work. Mostly importantly, I add a nice big dollop of almond butter — it’s like the cherry on top. The best part about freezing these individually is that you can eat them for weeks, or months, to come, whereas things like this only last a few days in the refrigerator. Don’t you hate it when you put so much work into baking something, only to throw it away 4 days later because you forgot to eat it and it has already started growing mold? NOT ANYMORE, FRIENDS! Recipe time!
Blueberry Pecan Baked Oatmeal
- 1 cup mashed banana ~2-3 medium bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice
- 2 tablespoons melted and cooled coconut oil melted butter or melted ghee
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats gluten free if desired
- 2-3 scoops Further Food Collagen* optional
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup frozen blueberries or diced strawberries
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 pan* with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together mashed banana, eggs, almond milk, coconut oil and vanilla until mostly smooth. Next, add in rolled oats, collagen (if using), baking powder, cinnamon and salt until well combined. Lastly, gently fold in blueberries, pecans and dark chocolate chips.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes until edges start to become slightly golden brown. (Or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.) Serve warm with a tablespoon of almond butter on top.
- Wait for oatmeal bake to cool, then cut into 12 squares and store in individual sandwich Ziploc bags. Place all sandwich bags in a large gallon freezer bag and store in the freezer. Can be stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Enjoy! If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me @wellnessforthewin and hashtag #wellnessforthewin so I can see your creations! Save this to your “Breakfast” board on Pinterest so you can easily refer back to it. Trust me; you’ll want to!
Have a great week!
Shanna Hutcheson, RD LD
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