Baked Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Blackberries

So after coming back from a fairly lazy and decadent family vacation, I thought it might be a good idea to try to eat a bit on the healthier side for awhile. I recently signed up for the daily email from The Daily Meal. There’s usually something interesting in it, and last week they had a breakfast link. I thought that would be a good place to start my new (albeit temporary) health food kick, a way to set myself up for a week of oatmeal breakfasts in a transportable form I could eat while starting the workday. Good plan, right? That’s when my brother walked into the kitchen while I was assembling ingredients. And this is what peer pressure looks like:

What’s that? Oh just a Ghirardelli brownie, some Jeni’s coffee ice cream and Herrell’s hot fudge. You know, the perfect accompaniment to anybody’s healthy lifestyle.

I continued preparing the oh-so-virtuous oatmeal bars (in between spoonfuls of sundae). They came together pretty easily and although they definitely taste healthy, after a thousand calorie bowl full of goodness, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Plus, I love the way the juice from the berries bubbles up the sides.

Baked Steel-Cut Oats with Blackberries
adapted from Allison Beck at The Daily Meal
8 ¼ oz steel-cut oats
¼ c vegetable oil
2 eggs
½ c water
½ c milk
1 t cinnamon
¼ t cardamom
½ t vanilla
2 T maple syrup or brown sugar
½ t salt
10 oz frozen blackberries (or any kind of fruit that you would normally put on oatmeal)


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cover oats with about a half-inch of water in a saucepan, bring to a boil and then simmer until water is absorbed and oats are a texture to your liking. (This took about 15 min for me.)
  • Whisk oil, eggs, water and milk in a large bowl. Add spices, vanilla, syrup and salt.
  • Add the oats and stir to combine.
  • Spread the berries on the bottom of a greased 9×9 inch pan. Pour the oat mixture on top.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes until the top is set. These are not really solid bars, so i ended up kind of scooping a couple into a container to take to work to heat up for breakfast. I think they’d be really good with an extra bit of maple syrup on top.

Makes about 16 squares.

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  • Mara Myers  On March 30, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    This sounds like a great way to start the day…way better than my usual boring bowl of oatmeal.

  • BeyondRiceandTofu  On April 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I keep meaning to make some baked oatmeal as I have a big bag of gluten free oats in the pantry. This looks wonderful. But the ice cream for breakfast looks even more wonderful! I can’t wait to get back to Cbus and try Jeni’s – I keep teasing my brothers that they can send me some any time. At least I finally can buy Graeters in the grocery stores out here. Not a lot of great ice cream out here, must be a midwestern thing!

    • dessertification  On April 29, 2011 at 11:27 pm

      Jeni’s is slowly expanding – you can get it in lots of grocery stores in Cleveland now. So sit tight and in a few years you might get lucky! :)

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