Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal

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I’ve been buying cookbooks since I was in my teens, an activity that, as the years have gone by, has turned into a bit of a compulsion. Whenever I’m in a bookstore I feel like I can’t leave without a big stack of beautiful new cookbooks to compliment my already-out-of-control collection. I love food photography, trying out new recipes and reading different chefs' stories and headnotes about what they do and how each of their recipes were created. As hard as it’s been to break my cookbook obsession, after maxing out the bookshelves in my house I realized I might need to take a break.

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These days I try to be a bit more selective when choosing what to add to my library, but when I saw a copy of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars I was totally smitten. Not only is the author, Aimee Wimbush-Bouque, one of my favorite food bloggers with her brilliant site Simple Bites, she's also one of the most authentic writers and a fantastic mother who gets her kids involved in everything food-related, from gardening to preserving to cooking. She’s the real deal.

Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal from weelicious.com

It was quite a challenge figuring out what recipe from the book to try first, but her Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal sounded so unbelievably luscious (and easy to make) that I couldn’t resist. Not only did it take mere minutes for me to throw it together, but my kitchen smelled heavenly as it baked away. This is definitely a dish that can feed a crowd for a brunch or you can do what I did and make one batch to serve twice in one week — just reheat it the second time.

Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal from weelicious.com

I followed Aimee’s recipe to a tee, but you can substitute maple syrup (one of her favorite ingredients as you will discover in the book) for the honey if you want to make this dish vegan. You can also top your oatmeal with a touch of cream to make it extra decadent and delicious. No matter how you make it, this divine dish will warm everyone’s heart and tummies in your house!

Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal from weelicious.com

Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal from weelicious.com

Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal from weelicious.com

Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal from weelicious.com

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Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal (serves 4)

Prep Time: 1440 mins Cook Time: 40 mins

dairy free

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 small can (5 1/2 ounces) coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup honey, warmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation

1. Generously grease a 3-quart casserole or 9-inch square baking dish with coconut oil.
2. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, coconut milk, honey and vanilla until smooth.
3. Add the water, oats, 1/4 cup coconut, and salt. Mix well
4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
5. In the morning, preheat the oven to 350F.
6. Remove the plastic wrap and bake the oatmeal for 35-40 minutes or until set in the middle.
7. Meanwhile, toast the remaining 1/4 cup coconut in the oven on the side, stirring once or twice, for 4-6 minutes or until light golden.
8. Drizzle the oatmeal with a little extra honey and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Serve hot.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.