Baked Oatmeal Casserole

One of the most common phrases I say to Train is, "Oh my word hunny, you have to see what I found on Pinterest!"  I am in love with Pinterest, mostly for the recipes.  Yesterday morning for breakfast I made Baked Oatmeal Casserole and it was a hit!  Train said it was a definite "make-againer."  As always I made a few changes to make it a wee bit healthier!  For one, I completely left out all the sugar it called for, fruit is very sweet on its own and the added sugar was not missed.  I also left out the salt, again it was not missed.
Baked Oatmeal Casserole

2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon - I used 2 because we love cinnamon

1 cup walnut pieces
1 cup raspberries {any berries work}
1/2 cup carob chips
2 cups low fat milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices
Preheat oven to 375°F and spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, half the walnuts, half the raspberries and half the carob chips. (Save the other half of the raspberries, walnuts and carob 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 raspberries, walnuts and carob chips 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.

Doesn't it look SO yummy?!?!
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set.

For an extra tasty top I sprinkled extra cinnamon on it when it was done.

It smelled so good while it was cooking I couldn't wait to try a bite as soon as it was done, and I did, as you can see in the far left corner!  I couldn't even wait to take the picture first!
The recipe called for milk chocolate chips and there's nothing wrong with a little bit of chocolate, but if I can make a change for the better without even noticing it, then I do it!  Substituting carob chips in is a great alternative.
Here is what the Livestrong
  • Consume a 2-tbsp. serving of carob chips, and you take in 2 g of fibre.  This may not seem like much; however, in comparison to 2 tbsp. of chocolate chips, which contains no fibre, it is a good option for adding fibre to your diet.
  • You can slightly lower the amount of cholesterol in the foods you make by opting to use carob chips, a serving of this sweet chip contains no cholesterol.  If you use regular chocolate chips, you take in 3.5 mg of cholesterol per 2-tbsp. serving.
  • Chocolate chips naturally contain 18 mg of caffeine per 2-tbsp. serving, far less than a cup of coffee, however, if you are a person with caffeine sensitivities, carob chips are a smarter choice as they contain no caffeine.
  • Carob chips are a good choice to supplement your calcium intake.  A 2-tbsp. serving of this food provides you with 2 percent of the daily recommended intake of calcium.

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