If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know how much I love baked oatmeal. My schedule usually has me on the go from 8-5, so having breakfasts and lunches ready to go is necessary for my sanity (and to ward off hanger + spending $10 on a sad, wilted salad). Baked oatmeal is one of my FAVORITES in the winter because its so warm and satisfying, but also simple.
Every time I bake one, I use a different flavor profile, for the sake of keeping it interesting. And really, nobody wants plain oatmeal. The last one I posted, in the fall, was pear baked oatmeal (and it’s delish). Other favorites include simply banana + walnut, apple + cinnamon, and triple berry (this one is my favorite). But this particular day, I wasn’t feeling any add-ins. Instead, I wanted to try spices.
And it turned out amazing. I’ve posted a few turmeric recipes and it’s an ingredient I really love in both a sweet and savory form. Savory, for curries and soups, sweet for oats and smoothies and even dessert. I first learned about turmeric milk from McKel, who lovingly refers to it as golden milk (how adorable is that). I’ve made it a few times, especially when I’m feeling under the weather. So I decided to make it in baked oatmeal form.
- It’s anti-inflammatory because it contains antioxidants. Simply put it helps get rid of free oxygen radicals that are damaging to our bodies by binding to them (so then, they can’t bind to our bodies cells!) Make sense?
- It’s got anti-cancer properties. No, seriously. It helps anti-tumor drugs act faster and longer on cancer cells, and curcumin is being used this way in medicine. The latest article I’ve seen, on pancreatic cancer, is here.
- It’s full of nutrients, and has shown promising healing effects on not only cancer but diabetes, injury, arthritis, and even Alzheimer’s. A lot of this has to do with the two properties listed above, but a lot is also due to the potent delivery of phytonutrients to the body.
Ok, so that’s a lot of sciencey facts, but what does it mean for you? Simply put, it means that this stuff is powerful. And if you’re looking to boost you daily nutrient regimen a little bit, adding it into your diet in the forms of golden milk, smoothies, curries, and this oatmeal bake are not a bad idea.
On the other hand, all of these recipes will be having you intake it in small amounts. Any of the studies cited above will be using curcumin in larger amounts and that should only be done under your physician’s supervision. If you are taking a lot of medications, or have specific health issues I would recommend speaking with your doctor before adding new supplements into your routine. But for the everyday Joe – try it out. I love this stuff, and if it’s beneficial to my body all the better. The only problem I’ve found is that it stains my fingers yellow temporarily 😉
So what else is in this bake? Cinnamon and vanilla for flavor. Chickpea flour, for a fluffy texture and added protein. Flax meal, for omega-3 fatty acids. Oats for iron and fiber. Essentially all the good stuff. Also, its DELICIOUS. I’ve made this recipe twice now and am almost finished with the second batch. After finishing the first one and adding berries on top everyday, I decided a roasted strawberry sauce was in order.
It couldn’t be easier
Strawberries, cornstarch, water, and maple syrup, sautéed for 5 minutes. Stored in the fridge for daily oats topping. Easy as pie.
I’ve put this strawberry sauce on everything from baked oatmeal, to ice cream, to waffles and pancakes. I’m already dreaming of the future combinations. The bake is delightful without it, but I think this really puts it over the top.
It’s not only vegan and gluten-free, but it takes 5 minutes to whip up (plus 40 to bake), one bowl, and 9 ingredients. My favorite brand of turmeric is here. I hope you try this delightful combination and enjoy an easy, ready made breakfast all week long 🙂 Have a good one friends!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square or round pan, about 8 inches.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Pour into prepared pan and bake 40 minutes.
- Remove from oven, slice and serve.
I would suggest slicing it up so you can pull out a slice when you want.
Best topped with roasted strawberry sauce.
Swimming in strawberry sauce, is it Spring yet?