Strawberry, Banana, Chocolate, and Walnut Baked Oatmeal Casserole

While I was putting together a post for my Valentine's Tea brunch ideas, I went to link to the original recipe of this baked oatmeal casserole only to find that the link no longer exists.  The recipe is originally from Urban Nester but since it is no where in sight, I thought I would post my variation of her recipe here.

This is why I print out recipes I love that I find online.  The internet is flighty.  You just never know if things will disappear.  So start printing those recipes, mmkay?  You can use Print Friendly to easily format and print any page on the internet.  This is especially helpful for recipes.

Strawberry, Banana, Chocolate, and Walnut Baked Oatmeal Casserole 
Adapted from Urban Nester

2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup of brown sugar or Splenda (I have tried both and they both work well)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnut pieces
1 cup strawberries
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 cups Almond milk (or milk)
1 egg white (or egg)
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray inside of baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix together oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the walnuts, half the strawberries, and half the chocolate.  Save the other halves for the top of oatmeal.

In another large bowl, whisk together the almond milk, egg white, butter and vanilla extract.

Add the oat mixture to prepared baking dish.  Arrange the remaining strawberries, walnuts, and chocolate on top.  Add the banana slices to the top then pour the milk mixture over everything.  Gently shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set.

*My husband is not a huge oatmeal fan so sometimes I will make this dish for myself and eat it all week for breakfast (And really all throughout the day!  It's so good!).  If you use all the light versions suggested--Splenda, egg white, 35 calorie Almond milk, and margarine (I use Smart Balance) then it is approximately 1,500 calories for the entire batch.  I'll let you decide on your serving size! wink.