Thanks ifoodreal for providing this recipe!
I can tell you that this recipe was a huge hit in my house, which means yes, my fussy brothers gave it a thumbs up too! That being said, I have confidence that it may go over pretty well with your family, at least I hope it does :).
I realize the photo does not do this recipe the near justice it deserves. The coconut on top is what gave my bake this appearance, but I promise you that it was a delicious and nutritious start to my morning, especially paired with some egg whites and veggies for added protein.
- 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats, uncooked
- 3 medium very ripe bananas, sliced
- 1 + 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted (optional-- I did not toast mine and just sprinkled it raw on top right before baking)
- 2 cups milk of choice (I used vanilla almondmilk)
- 2 large eggs or 1/2 cup egg whites (I used eggs)
- 1 scoop protein powder (optional-- I skipped the powder and added the syrup instead)
- 1 - 2 tbsp maple syrup*** (skip if adding sweetened protein powder)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I added more because I'm obsessed)
- Dash of salt
- Cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray)
- Non-fat Greek yogurt, for topping (optional)
- Rinse quinoa and oats with cold running water until water runs clear, about 3 times. Drain well and set aside. Get your fruits ready: slice bananas and wash + drain berries. Set aside. Toast coconut in a small skillet on low - medium or in the oven at 375 degrees F until golden brown. Be careful not to burn. I like big coconut flakes like these ones. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl whisk milk, eggs or egg whites, if using protein powder or maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray 8 x 8 square baking dish with cooking spray. Lay half of bananas, blueberries and raspberries in an even layer on a bottom. Using a spoon or spatula, spread rinsed quinoa and steel cut oats on top. Top with remaining banana and berries. Slowly pour liquid mixture in the corner of the baking dish without disturbing the set up. If you pour the liquid abruptly in the middle of the dish, all fruit might float on top. We are looking for evenly distributed fruits and sweetness in every slice. Sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes, if using, and bake for 60 minutes uncovered.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 45 - 60 minutes. Cut into 9 slices and serve hot, warm or cold with a dollop of fat-free Greek yogurt if desired. You can also dig in with a spoon right away. The bake won't be completely set but still delicious. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 5 - 6 days.
I ate the bake both ways, cold or warmed up, but I preferred it warm.
Thanks for reading and happy baking!