It has been too long since I’ve shared a breakfast recipe with you all. And with the holidays coming up, this Berry Cacao Oatmeal Bake is going to come in clutch. Seriously, you’re going to love it. Cacao, mixed berries, cacao nibs, vanilla, oats—SO GOOD. And so easy to make. Just mix everything together and bake. Easy, healthy, tasty. Sounds like the perfect trio to me!
I think breakfast gets looked over far too often. Especially around the holidays. Everyone is so focused on having the perfect dinner spread, that little old breakfast becomes an afterthought. Well, my stomach says otherwise. Most mornings, my stomach growling is my alarm clock. And no, I’m not saying that to be dramatic. I literally wake up with my stomach growling, stumble into the kitchen, and start munching on food. Caffeine doesn’t even have to come first. I’m all about the food.
Having breakfasts like this Berry Cacao Oatmeal Bake prepped ahead of time make those early morning choices a lot easier. I could grab for some sugary cereal that’s going to taste good in the moment but cause an early morning sugar crash an hour later. OR I could reach for this oatmeal bake. I don’t know about you, but I always choose homemade versus store-bought when given the option. I love knowing what went in to my food. Even if I didn’t make it, the time someone spent making it just makes it taste all that much better. Maybe it’s a mind game, but even if it is, it tastes really great and that’s all that matters.
Let me what you through what goes into this berry cacao oatmeal bake real quick. Starting at the bottom you’ve got a layer of mixed berries. This way when you take a bite, you’ve got that nice juicy sweetness right at the bottom. Alright, so then you add in the dry ingredients–oats, baking soda, little bit of salt, cacao powder, and cacao nibs. Cacao and berries–not a bad combo. But it gets better! You’ll continue by adding in the wet ingredients–maple syrup, almond milk, eggs, vanilla–mm mm good. And then, the grand finale, more berries on top! And if you want to top with that extra whip cream or vanilla ice cream you have lying around from holiday parties, I would call you a genius and ask for a bite.
Sounds amazing right? You 100% need to make this and serve it to your loved ones over the holidays. I know I’ll be whipping it up for my family. And there may or may not be vanilla ice cream involved. It’s like pie for breakfast…but healthy. How could you say no? Whip up this healthy berry cacao oatmeal bake ASAP! And when you do, don’t forget to tag me @getwellwithem and use the hashtag #getwellwithem so I can see your photos! It makes me WEEK when you whip up my recipes in your kitchen 🙂
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A berry cacao oatmeal bake to start your morning right! With cacao, maple, vanilla, oats, and berries it's comforting, healthy, and perfect for meal prep!
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups mixed berries, frozen works!
- 1 cup almond milk, regular would also work!
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9x9 baking dish with non-stick spray.
Add 1 cup berries to the bottom of the dish. You can add them without thawing if they are frozen!
Add all of the dry ingredients (up to salt on ingredients list) to a mixing bowl and stir together. Shake dry ingredients evenly into pan over berries.
In the emptied bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients, saving the remaining cup of berries. Stir well before pouring wet ingredients over dry ingredients in the pan. Give the pan a bit of a shake to help the wet ingredients seep down and cover the dry ingredients.
Sprinkle the remaining cup of berries evenly over the top.
Transfer to the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
Remove, slice, and enjoy!
This oatmeal bake tastes really good when reheating so it's great to make ahead during the holidays or as a breakfast for a busy week! Just cook as usual and then heat up individual slices or place the entire pan in the oven on a low heat for 10-15 minutes, or until it reaches the desired temperature.
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