Cassie’s Café: Cookies, Cakes and Crafts is the place to be in Chandlerville, Kentucky the fictional setting for my books in the Chandler County Multi-Author branded series. Somethin's always cookin' in Cassie's. The scrumptious food and the local regulars make for a winning combination. Sarg, all around Chef and keeper of the kitchen, is known for his Kentucky specialties that include Shrimp & Grits, The Hot Brown and Country Ham ala Sarg.
In my Fall release, Missing Home, Tina DuPree, owner Cassie's niece has convinced Sarg--almost-- that the Cafe needs to add a 'Healthy Eating Section' to it's menu. He's agreed to a test run! So today, for the first time, Cassie's is serving, Tina and Sarg's adaptation of a yummy, healthy and easy to make Berry-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bake**. Let's see what the regulars think! I'm sure it will be one hot topic!! Try it, I think you'll like it.
How to make!
2 cups of old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup lightly packedy brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups of fresh/frozen mixed berries
1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon of butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 F. Coat a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking oil.
In a large bowl, mix together: oats, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and chocolate chips. Fold the berries into the dry mixture; then pour into the prepared pan.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla. Pour this mixture over the oatmeal mixture making sure to mix evenly. (You can shake the pan a little to make sure it gets evenly distributed.)
Cut the banana into 1/4 inch slices and place on the oatmeal. Bake at 375 F for 30-35 minutes. Sprinkle with additional brown sugar, and serve warm.
Vanilla milk adds a nice flavor but your milk of choice will work as well.
* I've made this recipe several times...it's very easy to make, perfect for family meals or brunch. Leftovers can be saved in refrigerator.
** This recipe appears in 'six sister's stuff' SIMPLE ONE PAN RECIPES.