This Friday is St. Patrick’s Day, and here’s the breakfast for you!!
My Irish Soda Bread Baked Oatmeal is the St. Patrick’s Day-themed recipe that I am most proud of. The other minty creations (like the Shamrock Oatmeal Smoothie) are certainly fun and fit the essence of St. Patrick’s Day, but I love how this baked oatmeal is based on a real Irish dish.
BUT I decided to remake it because I wasn’t proud to share the original version. It just didn’t meet my standards. 🙂 Although it tasted great, the pictures were ugly, and the recipe was lacking the techniques I have learned more recently–namely, adding zucchini and blending the rolled oats into a flour. Tada!
Remember, this baked oatmeal is modeled after a bread. It is not sweet. Instead, it is meant to be eaten with a smear of butter (Earth Balance!!) or jam. Grab your favorite spread and enjoy!
- [reads] this roundup of sweet potato oatmeal recipes (featuring one of my own!) from Prevention magazine
- [vids] this SNL sketch about the “Day Without Women”
What you'll need:
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup's worth of peeled and diced zucchini
- 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1/8 cup raisins
How to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a single-serving ramekin with non-stick spray.
- In a small bowl, add milk and lemon juice, stir, and let sit for about five minutes. (This is a replacement for the traditional buttermilk.)
- Meanwhile, in a food processor combine oats and zucchini and process until coarse.
- When "buttermilk" is ready, add to food processor and pulse a few more times, until combined.
- Stir in baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add raisins and other optional ingredients (caraway seeds, sunflower seeds, other dried fruits like cherries, currants, and cranberries) and stir.
- Transfer to the ramekin. If desired, use a knife to create the traditional cross on top of the baked oatmeal (it's not as easy as it looks, so work with patience!).
- Bake for 18-21 minutes.
Just an FYI:
This is a revised version of my original Irish Soda Bread Baked Oatmeal.