Healthy Feed-You-All-Week Oatmeal Casserole

Big City Hippies LOVE one-pot meals! They are usually fool-proof, require much less “focus” during cooking, and make nowhere near as many dishes as multi-dish recipes. If you use a wide variety of produce, whole grains, nuts, seeds, spices and so on, you will end up with a delicious and nutritious meal!

This Oatmeal Casserole breakfast recipe will have you set for breakfast all week! On those bleary-eyed mornings, simply re-heat or eat it cold! It travel well too, so take it with you!

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We have seen tons of recipes floating around on the Internet, and the average baked oatmeal casserole recipe goes something like this:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 1 tsp Baking Power
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 chocolate chips
  • 1 TBS Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 TBS butter

Big city hippies KNEW WE COULD MAKE IT BETTER! 

 

We gained the inspiration for this recipe by poking around the fridge & pantry to see what ingredients needed using! Behold:

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Casserole

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 organic egg {can be omitted}
  • 1 can coconut milk {or substitute 2 cups organic dairy or milk option}
  • 2 cups organic oats {we use quick cooking steel-cut, but any oats are fine}
  • 1 cup {or more} fruit of choice {we enjoy bananas, raspberries & strawberries in this version}
  • Spices! Sprinkle in some Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, or Chinese 5 spice for Pumpkin Pie like flavours – Aim for about 1/2 tsp if you are afraid of overdoing it. We just eyeball sprinkle it in!
  • 1 TBS Vanilla or Maple Syrup Extract
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of sea salt {we are partial to Himalayan Pink Salt}
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin or Squash puree {we used organic pumpkin pie mix – it had some organic spices already mixed in}
  • 3 TBS maple syrup or honey to add a hint of sweetness
  • Healthy additions: coconut, goji berries, bee pollen, cacao nibs, nuts & seeds {flax, hemp, chia, pumpkin, sesame, almond slivers, chopped hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, poppy}, dried fruit {cranberries, raisins, blueberries, chopped dates, apricots} and anything else you want!

Get Cooking

  1. Whisk together your milk choice, the pumpkin puree, vanilla & egg {any wet ingredients}
  2. Pour oats into a casserole dish. Add all dry ingredients.
  3. Pour wet mix on oats. Stir it all up!
  4. Even out the surface and place some banana slices/nuts/fruit on top to make it look pretty. Or not. If you aren’t baking it now, the bananas will probably get brown, so maybe leave them out till it’s time to bake.
  5. Leave it overnight to bake in the morning! Just cover it and put in the fridge.
  6. Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes – it should be nicely browned & the liquid should be “set”.
  7. Serve with some plain organic yogurt, applesauce & maple syrup! Breakfast all week!

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This meal is Gluten-freeIMG_9801 and can can be made Vegan as well. It contains lots of fibre, antioxidants, polyphenols, lipids & fatty acids. You can even make this ahead and freeze it in a Ziploc bag, then thaw and dump into the baking dish! Big City Hippies also want to relay that we really don’t measure most ingredients, like spices & additions… we just throw in a handful of this, a dash of that. We just go with it, and it almost always comes out great. This lets us learn what we want to change for next time and we gain confidence in the kitchen – enough so to share our recipes with the world! Big City Hippies encourage you to use recipes as a loose base {unless it is for a “baking” recipe, cause those measurements are kind of scientific with the whole raising of dough etc} so you can #getcreative!


The flavour options & substitutions for this recipe are endless! We really encourage you to scour your fridge & pantry to see what you can come up with! We bet you don’t need to go to the store at all! Try different “grain” combos {pre-cooked Quinoa & Oats would probably work well}.

When reheating, place in a pan with a bit of organic butter and let it warm up slowly. Add a lid to help retain the moisture. It will be oh-so-good all over again. We dislike microwaves, and always heat things up the slow way. It’s really not that slow!

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Apple Pie? Carrot Cake? Blackberry Chai? Peanut Butter & Banana? Honey Raspberry? Trail Mix? Chocolate Orange? Earl Grey & Pear? Jasmine Cacao? Vanilla Pomegranate? Cashew Maple Date? Matcha Brownie? Coconut Almond Maca? Peach Flax? Hazelnut Apricot Caraway?

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