I’m all about pre-made breakfasts for the busy work week. And when I saw this recipe, it sounded too good to be true. The second half of that saying reads, “…then chances are it is.” And that it was…too good to be true. 😦
Pumpkin & Caramelized Banana Baked Oatmeal from Healthy Food for Living
canola oil cooking spray
1 Tbsp unsalted butter 50/50 Smart Balance Butter Blend
2 large yellow-green bananas, sliced
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup dried fruit of choice (I used raisins)
1/2 cup chopped toasted nuts or seeds (I used walnuts)
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp pure maple extract
Preheat oven to 375° F. Lightly coat an 8-inch square or round baking dish with cooking spray.
Melt butter in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the sliced bananas and cook for 2 minutes, gently stirring every now and then. Add cinnamon and maple syrup and let mixture boil & thicken for about 30 seconds. Spoon the bananas into the bottom of the prepared dish, and spread in an even layer. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, dried fruit, nuts or seeds, brown sugar, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin puree, egg, and maple extract.
Stir the oat mixture into the milk & pumpkin mixture. Pour over the bananas in the dish.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is lightly browned and crisp. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Serves 4.
Nutrition Information: 517 calories; 15.5 g. fat; 60 mg. cholesterol; 338 mg. sodium; 87 g. carbohydrate; 38 g. sugar; 10.8 g. fiber; 13.8 g. protein
Result: 😦 I’ve made lots of Lauren’s recipes and this has been the first bust. I was really excited about the recipe as I was preparing it — pumpkin, oatmeal, maple syrup…yum! When I ate it yesterday morning, I took about 4-5 bites before throwing it all out…. and I HATE wasting food. I was totally disappointed, especially after calculating the nutrition information. It’s a good thing I didn’t eat much of it…the carbohydrates are about 2x what I aim to have in a meal, and the grams of sugar are really high (this is because of the raisins, not the sugar). Other than the carbohydrate/sugar issue, the oatmeal bake was really dense and dry. Total bummer!
Some of you have asked if I ever make recipes I DON’T like and obviously unfortunately the answer is yes! I really do try to give fair, constructive, and honest reviews of the recipes we try.
I’m going to make a tried and true baked oatmeal this morning that comes in at 245 calories and 41.2 g. carbohydrate. I have my heart set on baked oatmeal, what can I say? 😉
Mr. P and I enjoyed some delicious pizza Sunday night made with the amazing Parmesan Pizza Crust and zucchini and spicy turkey sausage toppings! A combination of my favorite pizza crust recipe and my favorite pizza topping recipes… YUM! YUM! YUM!
Question: What was your last disaster in the kitchen? Did you end up eating it or tossing it?
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Have a super day!