Strawberry Vanilla Bean Baked Oatmeal

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Some of the best stuff isn’t planned. And today I present you the most delicious accident that’s happened in a loooong time.

You’re actually supposed to be staring at cute little baked oatmeal cups. I pictured you whipping them up for a Mama’s Day brunch and setting them alongside blood orange mimosa, iced coffee and super pretty flowers. But I failed you. SAD! I failed to bring the cuteness, I think. But that’s okay, because as I sat there pondering why and how the baked oatmeal cups went wrong, I started spooning it straight out of the muffin tins…and found myself repeating this act over and over and over. My accident was delicious!

So, rather than trying to make something cute, I decided to remake the dish–tweaking a few things here and there–and just throwing it all in a casserole dish. Sometimes tasty trumps cute, you know. And that sometimes is riiiiight now…

This baked oatmeal is adapted from the raspberry version of Heidi’s I made back in November. There were caramelized bananas, a bunch of fall-like spices and frozen raspberries.

But now the sun is shining! Birds are chirping! We’re drinking iced coffee! And fresh strawberries are everywhere.

Strawberries are super cheap at the farmer’s markets right now. About a buck cheaper than the super markets. I took that extra savings and splurged a lil’ and used half of a vanilla bean.

I learned a major pro-tip on Food52 from Shuna Lydon (pastry chef at NY’s Peels). When she makes custards she never adds the vanilla bean to the milk, but instead adds the seeds to the sugar.

This totally makes sense because every time I add vanilla bean seeds to milk, I end up having to reach my fingers into the pot and break them up so they’ll be evenly distributed. Smashing them into the sugar makes total sense–it’s so much easier. Umm..hello! I have no idea why I never thought of this.

So, in this recipe we add the vanilla bean seeds to the sugar. Not sure I’ll ever do it the other way ever again. Life-changing lil’ tip, eh?

This baked oatmeal is such a pro at being re-heated. I urge you to make it on a Sunday night and reheat pieces throughout the week.

Healthy, delicious breakfast every day. YES! A good breakfast makes life awesome.

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Baked Oatmeal

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1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
3/4 cup sliced strawberries, divided

1. Pre-heat the oven to 375F with a rack in the top third of the oven. Generously butter the inside of an 8-inch square baking dish.

2. In a bowl, mix together the vanilla bean seeds and sugar, being sure to smash the vanilla bean seeds into the sugar, distributing them evenly. Add the oats, salt and baking powder.

3. In another bowl, whisk together the the milk, egg, and melted butter.

4. Arrange the strawberries in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared baking dish, reserving 1/4 cup for the topping. Cover the fruit with the oat mixture. Slowly drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Gently give the baking dish a couple thwacks on the countertop to make sure the milk moves through the oats. Scatter the remaining strawberries across the top.

5. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.

Recipe adapted from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Everyday

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Sophie May 9, 2012 at 2:03 am

That looks wonderful. I am loving the abundance of strawberries this year!

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Liz @ Blog is the New Black May 9, 2012 at 2:30 am

As I sit here eating my boring oatmeal with water…. I wish I had this!

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Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau May 9, 2012 at 4:14 am

My favorite way to do baked oatmeal is with strawberries, so I’m definitely liking your version. Sometimes I even eat it for dessert!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 9, 2012 at 4:27 am

Goodness, oatmeal is a wonderful thing! So happy you came up with this this mistake. I’m loving it!

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Margarita May 9, 2012 at 6:31 am

I love bringing healthy things to share during s party… Or I might bring this to a pregnant friend who isn’t doing so great right now. Thanks for the tip on vanilla beans!

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Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables May 9, 2012 at 6:52 am

I love any and all forms of baked oatmeal. thanks for sharing!

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Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 9, 2012 at 6:57 am

I made a recipe just like this last week! I did strawberry and banana….so, so delicious. And you’re right, it reheats like a pro! Definitely my favorite breakfast. :)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 9, 2012 at 7:54 am

This looks absolutely fantastic!!!

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Amber May 9, 2012 at 8:13 am

Oh man! I would love this. I must try this. And I’m very intrigued that it can be reheated and still taste yummy. Those are the best recipes.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 9, 2012 at 8:55 am

I bet your house smelled AMAZING while this was baking!

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Adrianna May 9, 2012 at 9:47 am

Oh it did!

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Reformed Foodie May 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

Looks great – I love the combo of Strawberries and Oatmeal. I recently made a similar version with Bananas, Maple Syrup and Pecans – really lovely as either a breakfast or dessert. MMMM…

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Marie May 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

What a great weekend breakfast! :)

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Amanda May 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

That looks great! I’m going to make it tonight so my boys have a tasty breakfast in the morning!

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Miss K May 9, 2012 at 10:49 am

So cute! The strawberries look like little hearts.

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breakfastatnatalies May 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

This looks yummy! I have porridge every morning, but it does a get a bit samey, so maybe I’ll give this a try…it’s handy you can just reheat it as well!

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Megan May 9, 2012 at 11:57 am

Oh man, this looks so tasty! I’m going to have to get strawberries this weekend since I juuuuuuuust ran out.

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Villy @ For the love of Feeding May 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Wonderful breakfast, and such a lovely plate in the last photo! :)

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Brain Injury Attorneys May 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Oh yum, this looks incredible! I love strawberries! :)

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Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper May 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I have more strawberries than I know what to do with. Great way to use them up!

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Rebecca May 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I too adapted the recipe you previously posted to include strawberries and vanilla. I also add toasted coconut and a dash of coconut extract to mine. Totally amazing–you should try it!

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Mike @TheIronYou May 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I love baked oatmeal, never had it with strawberries. Gonna have to give this recipe a try!

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Zee May 10, 2012 at 2:07 am

This looks utterly delicious and healthy. I really like this recipe!

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Martha @ Weekend Doings May 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

This recipe looks amazing. I love oatmeal, but sometimes it gets a little boring. This is a great way to change things up.

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Karen May 11, 2012 at 4:06 am

Well this is a first, I never tried or even heard of baked oatmeal. Looks delish!

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Melissa May 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

Ohh this looks so good. Do you think it would be alright with vanilla extract instead of a vanilla bean? And perhaps a dash of cinnamon? Thanks!

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Adrianna May 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Yes totally. It won’t taste nearly as vanilla-like, but it should still be delicious. ;)

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Felicia May 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

This looks amazing… But I can never bring myself to make anything with strawberries (I can’t stand the thought of using them to cook when I can eat them fresh).

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Kass June 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

My children and I tried your recipe this last weekend. It was a hit! I don’t much care for oatmeal in the traditional sense. The texture just doesn’t sit will with me. This “oatmeal” is one I can enjoy! Thank you for sharing. And if you don’t mind, I’m going to link to your recipe on my blog. ;)

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Adrianna June 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I actually don’t like traditional oatmeal either. So glad you liked it! And yes of course–you absolutely can!

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Rory July 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I loved this recipe – thank you! I linked back to it as well, but the post won’t go up until later in the week. Would it be alright for me to use your (fresh) strawberry photo with credit, of course? I didn’t remember to take a photo when I made it…

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