Baked Oatmeal

April 23, 2011

Heidi Swanson’s heavenly 101 Cookbooks was one of the first blogs I fell in love with. Her recipes are wholesome and inspired. They transcend beyond the familiar and incorporate a whole range of cooking techniques and methods that I have never attempted. She challenges me, yet at the same time brings me comfort. That’s a delicious skill. Plus she has a fabulous name.

Heidi’s new cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, recently reached #6 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. Naturally Heidi has been busy doing book signings and interviews, during which she generously offered a couple of recipes from her new book for hungry fans.

I cannot wait for my copy. It is currently in the post. As is a copy for one of you, my lovely readers. Leave a comment on this post and I shall choose a comment at random – or perhaps not so at random, I haven’t decided yet, you may have to woo me… just kidding. This lucky individual will receive a copy of Heidi’s beautiful book, Super Natural Every Day. I’ll choose a winner in one week.

Baked Oatmeal

Yesterday for breakfast I made Heidi Swanson’s Baked Oatmeal, a recipe she recently shared from Super Natural Every Day (recipe link here). I felt it would be the perfect way to start our long weekend (and to shake Ben back into the land of the functioning after a late night out).

Heidi claims this is now her favourite way to eat oatmeal, and I can see why. This is a lovely recipe, providing you with wholesome goodness that is decorated with berries and walnuts, and spiked with a little sugar and spice…and all things nice.

I halved the recipe for the two of us and I do have a small portion leftover, which I picture having over Greek Yoghurt another morning.

I used a 9cmx21.5cm loaf tin for baking, as that is what I had on hand. The recipe gives you the option of using natural cane sugar or maple syrup. I used maple as I was in a maple kind of mood. I also used a whole egg, even though I halved the recipe. I didn’t drizzle any extra butter at the end, nor did I add extra syrup – it was delightfully sweet already.

We ate our breakfast whilst sipping freshly brewed coffee and devouring the recent Gourmet Traveller – it’s the Italian issue, which always brings me great joy.

As we sipped and swooned, we planned which recipes we wish to make over this blissful five day holiday we have here in Australia. Maltagliato di pane con calamari; braised duck, Valoplicella, tomato and rosemary with polenta; and spaghetti con polpette were the ones that sent our hearts most aflutter – how lustful do they sound?

I really enjoyed my breakfast, it was a great way to start my Good Friday and I will definitely be making this Baked Oatmeal again. While Ben appreciated it’s beauty, it wasn’t his favourite. Blame the alcohol and late night McDonalds run for his assessment (while I was home alone watching movies and reading Gourmet Traveller, and was sound asleep at 10pm, thank you!…nerd)

This really is a lovely recipe. I would favour it for a special breakfast, when you want to stay wholesome but are after something a little bit more elegant than your regular oatmeal. Do give it a try, and do enter my giveaway. I so wish to share the beauty of Heidi’s recipes with others. Are all Heidi’s this fabulous? It seems so…

Heidi xo

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  • sara April 23, 2011 at 8:32 am

    i've been waiting for the perfect cookbook (w the perfect price)! please tell us how it is and share many of the meals you cook from it!

    your baked oatmeal has me wanting to try this recipe. I have made oatmeal with chocolate chips and almond milk to get the brownie/cookie batter + warmth cravings i get every so often, but this one sounds like the perfect blueberry muffin substitute!

    can't wait until your next post 🙂

  • littleaspects April 23, 2011 at 9:10 am

    That looks amazing!! Perfect for the cooler weather!

  • Leah April 23, 2011 at 9:59 am

    This looks really delicious Heidi! I would devour it so quickly, just my kind of breakfast 🙂

  • Michelle Chin April 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

    It;s like having a muesli bar minus the extra sugars. 🙂

  • Hannah April 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    So so heavenly! I eat bowls of oatbran at least twice a day, so I know I"d love this. Just need to set aside the time for myself, as you did 🙂

  • Blithely Unaware April 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    This sounds like the PERFECT recipe for one of my bff's. She's vegetarian and just MAD about baking… except she's been having a bit of trouble lately. Following cooking times/recipes a little too closely… I'm teaching her how to be in tune with her oven hahahaahaa which pretty much involves her NOT falling asleep and checking on her goodies hahahaa bless her little cotton socks.

    The oatmeal looks great, I'd serve it with vanilla bean laced greek yogurt and berries. Yayayayayaayayaa 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Michelle April 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I have to make this!And as for the book if your recommending it it has to be good. I've been a fan of your blog for a while and I have to tell you your tuna ,chilli and lemon pasta is a staple in our house now.We love it … thankyou so much.
    PS had to reduce the chilli a bit..I think I had steam coming out my ears the first night!

  • wholesomecook April 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Oh my! Sooo craving this for breakfast / afternoon tea at the moment. Perfect dish for a rainy long weekend! PS I see you have your camera out of the box! Yay!

  • CC11 April 23, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I have made this before and absolutely loved it! Hubby on the other hand thought it was just OK, but I, like yourself, will definitely be making it again.

  • Heavenly Ingredients April 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    oooh! I have been lusting after this book for a while now. Think I'll be trying out this oatmeal recipe very soon!
    I popped out to buy Gourmet Traveller when you mentioned it was the Italian one – and now I realise that I didn't check and picked up last month's by accident. Doh! thanks Coles…

  • tinytearoom April 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    This is exactly the kind of porridge I would love. Full of wholsome goodness, oats, nuts, fruit and natural sweetness. How can anyone not have a goodm day after eating this gorgeous meal?

    Thank you for sharing the recipe… and I'm hoping to win the cookbook too **wink wink**

  • Heidi April 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Sara – oooh your choc and almond milk combo sounds delicious! I've been wanting to try choc chip spiked oats.

    Littleaspects – thanks, it was perfection 🙂

    Leah – yes, it was wonderful, so easy to devour!

    Michelle – indeed, a very moist muesli bar!

    Hannah – yes, it's more of a romantic, lingering weekend meal 🙂

    Blithely Unaware – yes, not falling asleep is kind of important, I guess 🙂 How lovely of you to share your skills! I hope she enjoys this gem. Vanilla bean Greek yoghurt and berries would be perfect with this dish!

    Michelle – awe how lovely, thank you! Warms my heart 🙂 sorry about the chilli though, haha!

    wholesomecook – yes I'm loving my camera, I missed it!

    CC11 – maybe it's not such a guy meal, as our men both weren't so in love with it. Or maybe they're just mad!

    Laura – oh no, maybe you can exchange it?! I love that magazine 🙂

    Tinytearoom – you're right, it sets you up perfectly for a great day! & hehe wink wink noted 😉

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Great sounding recipe for Winter-plus you get to make the place warm by putting on the oven! 😀

  • Mary ♥ Mur April 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    ♥Nice post.) Love your blog.))♥

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets April 25, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Mmm I was introduced to baked oatmeal by one of my best college friends. It's delicious, especially full of yummy berries. I'd love to win a copy of the book for the awesome recipes and gorgeous photography.

  • Julia April 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Yum this looks perfect! Definitely making while I'm on uni holidays this week. I've been eating overnight oats all summer and can't wait to swap to warm oats now it's getting cooler!

    101 cookbooks is one of my favourite blogs, gorgeous photos and she's converted me to tofu! Now to convince my boyfriend!

  • msihua April 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Oh yum! This looks amazing.. can't wait to see what you serve up in this 5 day break!!

  • Heidi April 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Lorraine – you're so right, popping on the oven to warm the place up is a bonus!

    Mary Mur – thank you so much!

    Xiaolu -Baked Oatmeal is a fabulous thing, thank you, lovely 🙂

    Julia – hehe good luck with that! My man loves tofu in Mapo Tofu, a Chinese dish. Other than that I think many men struggle to enjoy it 😉 Overnight oats are so yummy in the warmer months!

    Msihua – I can't wait to share it all!

    Heidi xo

  • BusiChic April 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Just came to your blog via your comment on Blithely Unaware and oooh la LOVE!

    Gorgeous photos of a recipe I'd actually like to try myself. I've been in bed this long weekend with a few recipe magazines and have felt disappointed – lots of flicking through but nothing really grabbed me – your post has satisfied. TY! Look forward to coming back for MORE 🙂

  • Iron Chef Shellie April 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    deeeelicious Heidikins!
    I really need to find some warm healthy wintery breakies.xx

  • Megan D April 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    This looks too gorgeous to eat!! Ok, not really. 🙂

  • Heidi April 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    BusiChic – awe thanks, how lovely! I'm so pleased you like the post 🙂

    Michele – hehe I love that you've called me Heidikins – only the cool people call me that 😉

    Megan – it was very pretty 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) April 26, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Totally random, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the pic you took of your coffee mug from above. 😀

  • Indie.Tea April 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I'm not an oatmeal person, but I'd happily eat this baked oatmeal.
    And as I don't have any of Heidi Swanson's cookbooks, I'd love to enter your giveaway!

  • Heidi April 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Kath – thanks!!

    Indie.Tea – sure thing! Do try this recipe, great for oatmeal non-lovers, I think 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Lisa April 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Heidi, it has just reached that level of cold in Canberra where a baked breakfast like that would be perfect!

    I love your food photography. I'm very inspired to up the level on my blog when I finish my year of a smile moment each day. Although I may need to also upgrade my camera if I'm going to be in your league.

    Mmmm pretty and yummy – good combo!

  • Johanna GGG April 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I am an old fashioned girl who loves to browse a cookbook in the shops before I buy it so I hope to see it locally soon

    But I love the sound of this baked oatmeal – have tried porridge and never liked it but I love oats so maybe this is a breakfast alternative for me. Hope you find lots more interesting recipes like this in the book – if heidi's blog is any guide I am sure you will

  • Hannah April 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Ohhh I want to try this!! Lately- I've been a little bored of my usual porridge/muesli routine and this looks like a great way to mix it up! Mmmm perfect for winter 🙂
    Hannah x

  • andrea April 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I would love to have a copy of her cookbook. I'll be making this tomorrow morning for my kids!

  • Heidi April 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Lisa – thank you, how lovely! I adore my camera, it's definitely an investment though – not cheap!

    Johanna – yes I'm sure all her recipes will be just gorgeous 🙂 do try this oatmeal!

    Hannah – you're right – perfect for winter!

    andrea – oh good! I hop you all enjoy it 🙂

    Heidi xo