This is the second recipe winner from my Brownie Baked Oatmeal contest! How beautiful are these photos? ? Enjoy!
First of all, let me thank Lauren. Two years ago I had an oat packet in the pantry and I didn’t know how to use it. In Italy most of the people think that oats are to be eaten as they are, but I found them as flavourful as paper. ?
I started to search on Google if I could find something more interesting (and healthy than granola packed with sugar ?). I discovered oatmeal, and immediately fell in love with Lauren’s blog! It was full of ideas and my breakfast was never the same!
Today I can do oat pancakes, overnight oats, microwave and stove top oatmeal, but also baked oatmeal and oat waffles! I have a verysmallfoodblog (www.anexperimentalcook.blogspot.it ) where I usually post pasta and pastries, but I also had to share some of my oatmeal recipes since I’m an oat lover now! Maybe one day, I’ll become an artist too. ?
This time Lauren challenged us with a brownie baked oatmeal. Since my favorite brownie is the cheesecake swirled brownie, I used her basic recipe (with zucchini) and then I mixed 2 tablespoon of yogurt with one tablespoon of peanut butter to do the cheesecake swirl. ?
I tried this recipe two times, using a larger ramekin and a single portion one; in the second case the brownie took more time to cook, but I found it fluffier! The second time I also added a teaspoon of peanut butter to the brownie batter, to add more flavour and a crunch!
What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup’s worth of peeled and diced zucchini or yellow squash
- 1/3 cup liquid (milk or water)
- slightly rounded 1/2 cup rolled or quick oats
- 2 tsp maple syrup (adjust to preferences)
- 1 rounded tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp yogurt (plain or vanilla)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
How to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a single-serving ramekin (6-8 oz) with non-stick spray.
- Puree all ingredients in a food processor except yogurt and peanut butter. Pour batter into ramekin.
- In another small bowl, mix together yogurt and peanut butter. Swirl into the top of the brownie batter.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes.
Just an FYI:
Adapted from Basic Brownie Baked Oatmeal (with Zucchini).