Baked Oatmeal Casserole
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 6


2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup brown sugar (I used a bit less)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnut pieces (I also added pecan pieces to make a full cup)
1 cup raspberries (I used blueberries but any berries work)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted (I used a bit less)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices

Preheat oven to 375°F and generously spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray. (I used a smaller pyrex baking pan)
 In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the nuts, half the berries and half the chocolate. (Save the other half of berries, nuts and chocolate for the top of the oatmeal).
In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract. Add the oat mixture to prepared baking dish. Arrange the remaining berries, nuts and chocolate on top. Add the banana slices to the top then pour the milk mixture over everything. Gently shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set. 

I topped this with a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt for some protein and added flavor. It was AWESOME!  My kids all loved it and it was gone in a flash…the whole pan!
 Next time I would like to try it with peanut butter, bananas and chocolate chips. Let me know if you try it and what you think!  Peace.

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