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Tanmoy wanted a new TV. Admittedly, the old one was a big fat antiquated piece, but as far as I was concerned, it worked and I put up considerable resistance to replacing it. After all, what chance does a girl stand against a 47″ LED HDTV when it comes to catching anyone’s attention? But Tanmoy wasn’t giving up, no siree. He wheedled and argued and bargained and went around telling anyone we met how much trauma I was causing him, and I finally had to relent when he made this proposition. The deal was to have home-made breakfasts and lunches on workdays as often as was possible (he very gallantly offered to share the cooking responsibilities). A dollar value was assigned to each meal, and we would add that amount to the TV fund whenever we managed to carry our meals to work. When the fund had enough cash, Tanmoy would get his TV.

Then of course, the Thanksgiving sales happened, and the TV came home without the fund seeing 2 weeks of existence. The only good thing to come out of setting up the fund was that I hunted for (and found) recipes for breakfasts which I could make ahead in a large batch. I wanted to avoid having to cook everyday, because who are we kidding – we all know who was going to end up doing it despite all gallantly made promises. Today’s baked blueberry oatmeal is one such recipe. Its yummy warm from the oven and its yummy cold too.

Blueberries happen to be the most abundantly grown fruit in Canada. These little berries are bursting with antioxidants and other formidable nutrients, but more importantly each time you spoon this baked oatmeal into your mouth and happen to bite into a blueberry, there is a burst of flavour that transforms a dull weekday morning into something worth living. There is the added goodness of oats and the rich taste of bananas and the maple syrup gives it an even more Canadian twist. It also keeps you feeling full so you don’t have the urge to snack before lunch time.

Source of recipe: Epicurean.

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Prep time : 10 mins
Baking time : 35-45 mins
Serves : 8

WHAT YOU NEED :

1 3/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats (NOT instant oats)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups milk
1 large egg
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup
1  large ripe banana
1 1/2 cup blueberries

WHAT YOU DO :

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Melt the butter and use it to grease a 8 or 9 inch baking dish well (even the sides).
  3. Thinly slice the banana and layer the bottom of the baking dish with them. Evenly sprinkle half the blueberries over the banana slices.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the oats, cinnamon powder, salt and baking powder. Add the dry mix to the baking dish to form an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries on top.
  5. Whisk together the milk, egg, vanilla extract and maple syrup. Pour it over the oats. Give the baking dish a rap or two, to make sure the milk seeps to the bottom.
  6. Bake in the middle of the oven for 35-45 minutes until oatmeal sets and the top is golden brown.
  7. If desired, drizzle some maple syrup on top when serving.

MY NOTES :

If blueberries aren’t at hand, any other berries will work just as well. Only, you won’t be able to call it Baked Blueberry Oatmeal! And the maple syrup can be replaced by honey or any other sweetener of your choice.

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