Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole with Blueberries, Maple & Almonds is packed with flavour and nutrition. This can easily be made gluten and dairy free too.
Rise and shine. Time to get up!! When the alarm clock goes off, do you jump out of bed? Do you hit the “snooze” button? What if you had some oatmeal breakfast donuts waiting for you, would that get you out of bed?
I will be the first one to admit I am NOT a morning person. Well, let’s say before 8:00 a.m. Yes, I am up much earlier than that, but my brain doesn’t function till I’ve had my morning coffee (or two).
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
We have all heard this for years. You can likely remember your grandmother saying it to you, I know I do. For the “up and at it people”, they can’t wait to eat. For the “slow risers”, breakfast takes a back seat to coffee.
My grandparents grew up on farms. Getting up early was normal, EVERYDAY, even on weekends. Chores had to be done. Baba was in the kitchen early. We all know fresh bread is made in the morning.
Do you have a favourite breakfast food?
Most households have busy mornings. Going to work, dropping the kids off at daycare or school. Breakfast usually means “fast”, like in you don’t have a lot of time to eat. Having things ready ahead of time sure speeds things up in the morning. Muesli is a great option in the morning.
Oatmeal is a great way to start the day. It keeps you full, contains vitamins, minerals and is heart healthy. This Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole with Blueberries, Maple & Almonds is easy to prepare.
Make ahead breakfasts
If you are like me, I am all about “make ahead” breakfasts. Ready and waiting makes mornings that much easier. Less time making breakfast means more time actually eating breakfast.
It is easy to make this delicious dish on the weekend. You can even make it for brunch Sunday morning and have the leftovers for quick, hearty meals during the week.
Easily substitute the regular oats for gluten free oats. Replace the milk with a non dairy option. If you don’t have fresh berries, frozen work great too.
What is your go-to weekday breakfast?
Cereal, eggs, smoothies?
Toast and coffee?
Since a good breakfast is so important, we all must make the effort to start the day right. It is a proven fact that children function much better when they eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast. Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole with Blueberries, Maple & Almonds is the perfect way to start your day, any day of the week.
How are you going to make your weekday mornings easier? Having breakfast waiting for you is a great way to save precious time, and ensure you and your family get off to a great, healthy start.
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Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole with Blueberries, Maple & Almonds
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen) (if using frozen, partially thaw)
- 2 cups milk (regular or non dairy)
- 1/2 cup maple sugar
- additional berries (for garnish)
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup maple sugar
Preheat oven to 350º F.
Spray and 8x8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except toppings) and mix well.
Pour into prepared baking dish.
Sprinkle on the toppings.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.
Cut into squares. Place into serving bowl.
(optional) Serve with additional milk and fresh berries.
You can easily replace the oats with gluten free oats, and the milk with non dairy options. Sweeten with maple syrup or honey instead of the maple sugar.
This is perfect made on the weekend for brunch. Leftovers are great for easy, healthy breakfast throughout the week.
Frozen berries can be used in place of fresh berries.