Chai baked oatmeal with blueberries

During the week, I try to sleep until the very last moment before I have to get ready for work. Being a chef, make-up is not necessary, making my morning routine last only a mere 10 minutes. This also means that breakfast has to either be eaten in a couple minutes or be able to be consumed on the road. Cereals, yogurt, bread are always viable options; however, every so often, I like to mix it up with a special something like this chai baked oatmeal with blueberries. This breakfast can be prepared the night before and be enjoyed the next day reheated or even cold. Baked oatmeal spiced with chai, studded with blueberries and topped with toasted nuts, what can better?

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baked chai oatmeal

Chai baked oatmeal with blueberries
Serves 6
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508 calories
68 g
85 g
20 g
18 g
7 g
302 g
273 g
22 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
302g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 508
Calories from Fat 169
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
30%
Saturated Fat 7g
33%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 85mg
28%
Sodium 273mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates 68g
23%
Dietary Fiber 10g
41%
Sugars 22g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
25%
Iron
22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups milk
  2. 2 tbsp loose chai spice blend
  3. 2 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  4. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1/2 cup chopped toasted sliced almonds
  7. 1/3 cup maple syrup (preferably grade B for its stronger flavor)
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  11. 2 pears, peeled and sliced
  12. 3 tbsp butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease rectangle 9x13 inch baking dish with butter.
  2. Combine milk with chai spice blend in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Reduce from heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Strain milk, discarding chai tea leaves.
  3. Combine oats with salt, baking powder and half of almonds in a medium bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine eggs with maple syrup and vanilla. Slowly whisk into the milk.
  5. Arrange sliced pear in a single layer on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with half of the blueberries. Cover with oat mixture, than drizzle mixture mixture on top. Top with remaining berries and almonds.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden and the oats are set. Let cool for a few minutes. Drizzle with butter and serve.
Adapted from Food 52
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calories
508
fat
20g
protein
18g
carbs
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Adapted from Food 52
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**Helpful tips and common mistakes

Imagine your normal boring plain microwave oatmeal. Now imagine that same oatmeal with hints of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, warm blueberries that burst when bitten into and toasted almonds drizzled with warm syrup. It’s not too hard to choose which you would rather have, right?

I always wanted to try baked oatmeal and now I finally got the recipe to prepare it thanks to Food52. The chai aspect of one recipe peaked my interest but rather than serving it with fruit on the side, I wanted the fruit incorporated into the breakfast. Luckily, the same site, Food52 had another baked oatmeal recipe, Heidi Swanson’s baked oatmeal, that did exactly that. Combine the ingredients of one and the method of another and there you have my remix of chai baked oatmeal with blueberries!

If you are having trouble finding chai tea leaves, make your own spice blend at home. Combine 

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper

and there you have your own chai mix!

For a gluten-free, non-dairy version, substitute the milk for almond, coconut, hemp, or soy milk and use gluten-free oats. 

If blueberries aren’t in season, replace with bananas, peaches, pears, or any fruit you desire. Want to make this more of a dessert? Drizzle creme anglaise and maple bourbon syrup for more of a bread pudding type dessert. Either way, this dish is incredibly easy to prepare, just as easy to reheat, and did I mention, darn delicious? Bake a big batch to hold you for the entire week!

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Looking for someone to come to your house and prepare these dishes for you? It is possible! If you are in Los Angeles and looking for a private chef, please feel free to contact me. For more information, visit Private Kitchen Los Angeles

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4 Comments

  1. Yum! The baked oatmeal looks delicious! As a student, I totally understand what you mean about the mornings being super rushed! I’m actually more of a morning person, so I wake up pretty early, but I’m always doing last minute readings/assignments before classes and thus all of the rushing, haha. Thanks for sharing the recipe!! I can’t wait to try~

    Steph
    hellostephni.blogspot.com

    • cma0425

      Now you can have breakfast ready in a jiffy with this baked oatmeal – just bake the night before! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  2. This looks like it could be eaten for dessert or breakfast. Just add a scoop of ice-cream if it’s the former 🙂

    • cma0425

      I didn’t even think about adding ice cream – must try it next time!

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