It’s here, Date Caramel Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal and so much better than the one I teased you with on my Instagram that people were wanting the recipe for. Oatmeal continues to be a staple and baked oatmeal and oatmeal cake is up at the top since Baby G wants oatmeal just as much as his mama! Making baked oatmeal is much easier than giving him a bowl of oatmeal, well usually but when it’s not it’s worth it.
A couple weeks ago I set out to make one inspired by one of my favorite snacks, nut butter stuffed dates. I got a lot of messages and requests but I just wasn’t 100% feeling it. I mean don’t get me wrong what I posted was good but it wasn’t exactly as I hoped. I had blended the dates in that batch and while it made for delicious date sweetened oatmeal the nut butter inside got lost. Than I omitted the dates and topped it with nut butter but it still wasn’t hitting me with the date flavor I was hoping for.
I decided I needed to add my date caramel and I honestly thought the first batch was a bit messy, well if you want to take on the go, but my husband and A said they loved it and not to change it. I was like I’ll keep it all the same but I think I’ll swirl in the date caramel in the middle and I was told NO. Well than I guess I have no choice but to listen. I mean it was delicious I was just trying to make it easier to take on the go. Only that really doesn’t happen and I guess I’m ok with that.
Unlike my oatmeal cakes I’ve been sharing this is made with ground oats and whole oats and is very dense and thick! There are a few ways I like to enjoy it, one being warmed up with warm milk poured over and it brings back memories of grandma’s bread pudding. It’s so good, thick and dense but not dry. I also like to enjoy it with a little nut butter over top, and sometimes I do both. I just can’t get enough and that’s ok because after getting the girls to school Baby G and I finally sit down for breakfast and it’s something we can both enjoy so lately I make a couple batches a week. Then we’re back to waffles and pancakes on the weekends, but I don’t know if I should have said that out loud as I don’t want to jinx it.
Even sourdough has taken a backseat this month to baked oatmeal, yep you know it’s real love! Or maybe just that things have been a little crazy or I keep forgetting to feed sourdough or start it in the morning.
Baked oatmeal is suppose to be an easier and cleaner way for Baby G to eat oatmeal, only in this case not so much. It’s ok it’s worth a little mess and I figure he’s just getting ready for his smash cake (all the tears just thinking it’s less than 2 months away) since his both of his sisters wanted nothing to do with theirs.
Even with the date caramel this baked oatmeal is really simple to make, not to mention healthy and delicious! The date caramel is really easy to make, you just blend it up. It really takes this Date Caramel Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal to the next level. The baked oatmeal isn’t sweet, only a little banana (don’t worry if you aren’t a banana fan you don’t really taste it) and not added sugar. I do add chocolate chips but I use Lily’s No Sugar Added (Stevia Sweetened) Dark Chocolate Chips or Hu Simply Dark Chocolate which uses no refined sugar. Both are dairy free and vegan and can be found at Whole Foods and Amazon. You can also shop on the Hu website and use code MISSWHISK to save 15% (affiliated link/code). So all the sweetness is in the date caramel, trust me it’s worth it and really sweetens the morning.
Like I said still packed with whole sum goodness! I feel like a broken record talking about how good oats are, and flax seed, and all the other ingredients packed in this pan but for good reason. Even when I’m done breastfeeding these will be staple foods in our every day lives just like they have been for years.
Not that it’s just for breakfast because when we have a pan of Date Caramel Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal in the house I eat a piece for a snack before heading to barre in the afternoon/evening.
If you missed it I shared a couple changes that might be coming to A Whisk and Two Wands and would love to hear what kind of recipes you want to see or what you come looking for. I’m hoping to share more of the families recipes, some of Baby G’s recipes I keep getting requests for, and of course Meatless Monday recipes. If you’re looking for smoothies (use to post at least one a week), quick breakfasts, customizable family meals, whatever it is I’d love to hear drop it below! If it’s something we make in our house or I can help with I’ll make sure to add it to our list. Making so many things I only post a small percentage but if there’s something people want to see I’ll get it here instead of just over on Instagram Stories which I’m going to try to get back to keeping up.
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