Happy Fourth of July!
I made some patriotic red, white, and blueberry baked oats for a celebratory breakfast for my family. It was a hit!
Even though there are many pressing problems in our country, and it’s important to be aware of and work to address them, there are also many good aspects of our country and good people that live in it. It can be hard to celebrate being American given the current political and social climate, but there are so many brave and inspiring people in our country that make me proud to be their fellow American.
Being proud of your country also means working to combat its injustices and making it a better place for everyone to live, socially and environmentally. So we can celebrate while recognizing we have a long way to go, and that each of us can be part of the solution to national and even international issues. Just wanted to share my thoughts!
Anyways, I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday with your loved ones! My family is planning to enjoy being on the lake today with our friends and then going to downtown Stillwater to watch the great fireworks show! Last year we were in Boston for the Fourth, which was super cool and fun, but I’m happy to enjoy one more Fourth of July at home before moving to Chicago for medical school, because I don’t know when I’ll next be back in Minnesota for July!
Here’s the recipe for the oats:
1 cup milk
1 cup oats
1 mashed ripe banana
Dash of cinnamon
Splash of vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup blueberries (⅓ c in batter)
15-20 raspberries (cut in half)
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking dish with parchment paper.
2. Hull the strawberries and cut them so there are some strips (I recommend using the reddest pieces for this!) and some chunks. Here is a photo to demonstrate the strips! These will be part of the red stripes in the flag.
3. Mix milk, oats, banana, cinnamon, vanilla, and baking powder in a bowl.
4. Add in ⅓ cup blueberries, 8-10 raspberries, and the chopped strawberries. Pour the mixture into the sheet.
5. Cover the batter in a thin layer of oats so you have a blank base for your flag.
6. Add the rest of the fruit on top to make the flag. I alternated strawberry strips and raspberry pieces in the red stripes.
7. Bake in the oven for 30-40 min. The top should be golden brown. Let cool and enjoy with a side of fireworks!