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There's a new breakfast treat trending on TikTok and it looks like a berry delicious way to start your day.
Baked berry oatmeal, a mixture of mashed banana, almond milk, rolled oats and fresh berries is taking the social media platform by storm. TikToker Jazmine Tyler first shared her own take on the colorful breakfast dish in the summer of 2020. Since then, her video sharing how she makes the dish has received nearly 100,000 views.
"If you haven't made baked oatmeal yet, you're missing out," she said in the TikTok. "This baked oatmeal has the best moist texture and it's super-healthy."
To make baked berry oatmeal, Tyler combined rolled oats, ripe banana, cinnamon, almond milk, egg, vanilla and mixed berries in a rectangular pan, then baked the dish at 350 F for 45 minutes.
Tyler says she decided to try the recipe after seeing it go viral on TikTok, where she often looks for easy healthy meals posted by other users. "The recipe was so much more fluffy than regular stove-top oatmeal," Tyler tells Yahoo Life, "and it makes it feel like you're eating a cake for breakfast, which is definitely a great way to make daily meals more enjoyable."
The dish is also versatile, with multiple variations popping up across social media.
Nikki DeLuca is a fitness instructor and personal trainer who says she was drawn to the recipe because of the ability to boost the protein content by drizzling nut butter on top and mixing in a scoop of protein powder. In college DeLuca says she remembers ordering baked oatmeal with berries on top from a local coffee shop. It quickly became one of her go-to breakfasts, though she recalls it being "bland." During the COVID-19 pandemic, when she saw posts about baked berry oatmeal on TikTok, she decided to create her own version.
"The drizzle of honey and shake of cinnamon gives it even more flavor," says DeLuca. "Now I make my berry baked oatmeal almost every week for breakfast or even pick at it as a snack during the week: It's the perfect amount of sweetness and is a healthy comfort meal. I can eat it at any time of the day or before or after a workout and feel satisfied."
But just how healthy is baked berry oatmeal? Johane Filemon is a nutritionist and registered dietician who says one-pot dishes, like this one, can be a great way to add several different nutrients to one meal. "This baked oatmeal recipe is very colorful and is full of nutrients such as soluble fiber and vitamin C, which are going to promote good gut health," Filemon says. "It's also great for those who are looking to get a healthy start to their day and don't have a lot of time: It allows you to bake it and walk away to get yourself ready for the day and once you are done, your breakfast is ready for you."
Rosalynn Daniels is a food blogger who recently tested the trending recipe in her own kitchen, adding chia seeds to make the dish a bit more filling. According to Daniels, the viral breakfast treat only required about two minutes of prep time, followed by 25 minutes in the oven.
"If you need something quick in the morning, this recipe is easy-breezy and you can make it the night before and head out with it the next day when dropping off the kids to school," says Daniels, adding that her kids also enjoyed the dish.
Proving baked berry oatmeal has stayed relevant since those early days of the pandemic when Cubilla shared her version, a TikTok shared recently by Daniels, in which she walks through making the dish, has garnered more than 120,000 views in one day.
"It tastes like firm oatmeal because of the chia seed," she adds. "Because of the firmness of the oatmeal and the fact that it was extremely easy to make, I think the dish would serve well for a weekly breakfast meal prep."
Daniels says while she thought berries worked well in the recipe, she's eager to mix things up. She plans to try apples and walnuts the next time she preps the dish.
"I'm not gonna lie, it had the house smelling really good," Daniels said in her TikTok. "I could totally see myself eating this on a regular basis."
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