I love buying fresh berries, especially in the summer when they are super fresh and inexpensive! I usually buy extra and then freeze them for smoothies or overnight oats. I will feature this recipe with blueberries to keep it FODMAP-friendly, (I have also tested it with raspberries which is also delicious!). Since I love this coconut baked oatmeal so much, I also I tested the recipe using blackberries. Blackberries do test high for polyols, so if you are sensitive, use a low polyol fruit like raspberries, strawberries or blueberries.
Also, according to Monash, shredded, dried coconut is low FODMAP under 1/2 cup. Given the entire recipe only calls for 1/3 cup, this is low FODMAP.
- Double the recipe. I made this cooking for one, but you could double for a family easily!
- I use Bob’s Redmill dried coconut and ground flax
- If you are sensitive to gluten, be sure you purchase gluten free rolled oats.
- Make it vegan – try a flax egg instead (I have not tried this method).
- Like it sweeter? Add a bit more sugar – I do it on the low end as I don’t like it too sweet.
- Don’t like it nutty? Sub vanilla extract for the almond extract.
- Divide bake in air-tight containers after they cool. Store in the refrigerator and heat to serve.
- Add a dollop of Greek or almond-based yogurt or a splash of milk (your choice).
- 1½ cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup shredded, dried coconut
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 package fresh blueberries (6 ounce) - frozen and thawed work too
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients aside from the blueberries and mix well.
- Lightly spray 1½ quart baking dish with vegetable or coconut oil
- Gently fold in berries and pour mixture in sprayed dish. Spread the mixture and firmly press down to pack the ingredients.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the oatmeal starts to turn firm. The berries should look like they are nearly ready to burst.
- Remove from oven to cool, then cut in squares. To serve, place in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of Greek yogurt or splash of almond milk, if desired.
Random other note…I guess it was a great week for purchases as I’m totally loving my new air purifier. I had one in my bedroom that I didn’t love (it wound up making a ton of noise and has a ton of obnoxious lights which made it hard to sleep). I wanted one for my living area that I’m obsessed with – thanks for the recommendation Melissa! For those on the hunt, I got a Coway – it helps eliminate odors in the air as well so food smells don’t linger! I accidentally burned something in the microwave and it detected the odor and kicked itself in high gear until the smell was gone!
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