baked strawberry oatmeal

baked strawberry oatmeal

It has been the strangest few days around here. Friday’s storm showed up with almost no warning and it was so severe that we had huge trees down and lost power for over 14 hours. And we were the lucky ones! Our next-door neighbor’s truck was totaled when a huge tree fell on it and some of our friends – quite a few, actually – still don’t have power and it’s three days later. I’m so grateful that we didn’t have any major damage! I was knee-deep in recipe development this weekend and there’s just no way I could have finished without a working kitchen, so I was especially lucky. Creating and testing recipes in a hotel kitchen doesn’t sound very appealing.

Speaking of recipe development, today I’m finally unveiling a recipe I created for Driscoll’s berries. I wanted to create something for them that was healthy and quick, could be served to adults but would be fun and appealing for kids, too. I think this recipe covers all of those things plus it’s delicious! I pureed some fresh strawberries and baked it right into the oatmeal then topped it with even more berries. It’s sooo good and I know you’ll love it!

berry oatmeal

I love to serve this whenever I have company since it’s so easy to make and everyone can just serve themselves. I make it often on the weekends for just us, too, and although we usually have leftovers, they reheat so nicely that it’s never a problem. And the girls are always requesting specific shapes, like this one:

kids oatmeal

That’s right…this oatmeal is thick enough for cutouts! It’s best to let it cool for 5-10 minutes so it thickens up a bit (and cools down so you don’t burn your fingers). I’ve made all sorts of shapes for my girls. There’s the smiley face, above, and there are the numbers that show their age…

driscoll's strawberry oatmeal

healthy kids recipe

…and there are the letters to spell their names:

healthy baked oatmeal

But sometimes I’m feeling lazy and just want to make one, big face:

oatmeal

Isn’t it fun?!! To get the recipe, head on over to Driscoll’s and check out my feature while you’re at it! And please send some positive thoughts to those who are still suffering through this terrible heat without power. Thanks!!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Omg. Stop it! These are so cute. I love fun food. And holy cow, Hon. I’ve heard about the severe weather going on over there. We get the dreaded earthquakes and droughts…nobody is safe from Mother Nature’s bitchiness.

  2. says

    It`s so cute that you make faces and shapes out of them! Plus, it sounds so healthy with all those berries and oatmeal! :D Yum!

  3. says

    Adorbs! (please don’t hate me for using that “term.”) Less soggy, more fun…this is the new standard for oatmeal. Congrats for setting the bar so deliciously high!
    I’m glad to hear that your power is back! It’s such a nightmare to not have something as basic as running water.

  4. says

    What a fun and delicious looking treat!! Might be a good way to encourage my 3-yr old to expand his breakfast menu. :) Maybe I can try it this weekend.

    Glad to hear you weren’t without power too long. We were lucky too – only without for about 18 hours, but our surrounding neighbors just got power last night! We are oddly on a different circuit.

    Thanks for sharing this summertime recipe! Happy 4th of July!!!

    -Devin

  5. says

    So sorry about the storm and power outage! There seems to be crazy weather in several areas lately. I’m glad you were able to finish this recipe though–it looks great! The berries in the oatmeal is such a good idea, and all those colorful berries on top are gorgeous.

  6. says

    I’m sorry you had such a bad storm. We typically see storms like that during the fall and winter around here. My neighbor once lost a truck too. Scary! It’s a good thing you had this delicious oatmeal and berries to eat. I love a baked oatmeal. It’s a nice change from the typical creamy version and so versatile. Fantastic pictures!

  7. says

    So glad to hear you didn’t lose your power, but my heart is with those who did.
    These treats look great – and I love the cutouts!

  8. Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate says

    What a cute and fun idea! I bet this would be a hit with kids and adults alike. I especially like that it uses a few high-fiber ingredients. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  9. Danyelle Franciosa says

    The idea of combining strawberry and oatmeal is really great. Such a great looking and delicious recipe and I love to try this at home.

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