Even though spring is right around the corner, the mornings are still a bit chilly. Why not heat up with some warm, sweet baked oatmeal? Of course it doesn’t have to be vegan, feel free to substitute things you prefer for any of the ingredients!

Ingredients:

2 cups almond milk (or other non-dairy/dairy milk)
1 cup, or about 2 medium, mashed bananas
1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar

2 tablespoons maple syrup
pinch of salt
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup pecan pieces, or a nut of your choice (walnuts would be awesome)
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (can be found at Giant Eagle. Or just go with regular)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º F.

In a mixing bowl, combine almond milk, banana, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Stir until combined and the banana has mushed up a little more.

Add the oats, pecans, and chocolate chips, and mix.

Pour into a 7 or 8 inch round baking dish. Bake for about 50 minutes, depending on the size of your dish and the consistency that you’d like, or until the edges are a nice deep golden brown.

Once out of the oven, feel free to top it with freshly sliced banana, maple syrup, more pecan pieces, and a dash of cinnamon.

The result is so gooey and delicious, you’ll go back for seconds. Unless your family beats you to it!

Erin Green is a Marietta native who graduated from Ohio University with an art degree, and more recently became a registered yoga instructor and teacher at Full Circle Yoga in Vienna, WV. She is a vegan and all around health enthusiast who loves to cook, travel, and find adventure and joy all over the world.

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