New Mama Oatmeal Bake

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Adapted from Heidi Swanson, 101cookbooks.com. Yields 6–9 servings.

Super easy

New Mama Oatmeal Bake

Ingredients

For 1 Batch(es)

Recipe

  • 1 large egg(s)
  • 2 cups milk (full-fat coconut or whole milk are ideal)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (plus more for greasing the baking dish)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup(s) pecan halves or walnut pieces, toasted, chopped
  • 1/3 cup(s) coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup(s) semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (optional, but great for lactation support)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) fine sea salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 pint(s) blueberries

New Mama Oatmeal Bake Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 350° and grease a 9-by-9-inch baking dish.
  2. Whisk together the egg, milk, butter and vanilla and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the mixture has set in the middle.
  5. For a richer texture, allow the combined mixture to sit overnight in the refrigerator before baking the next day.
  6. Serve warm or cold, and try topping with yogurt or kefir for added protein. Get extra points for adding a pat of butter to a serving before reheating.

Recipe notes

My doula friend brought this dish to me in the days after our little girl was born. The recipe is flexible and is easily customized to food allergies or aversions, and for me, it was the perfect breakfast and snack food throughout the early days and weeks. I love this recipe because it’s been passed around for years among the Conscious Birthing community—adapted to each kitchen and palate where it lands. Additions like chia seeds, sliced almonds, different fruit, frozen fruit, more eggs or more butter, and boosting protein with collagen hydrolysate, all work out well for this simple collection of ingredients.

The blueberries can be substituted for 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries.

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