Hey, everybody, this is Chef Mareya, The Fit Foody. Today, I'm going to show you how to make a healthy berry breakfast casserole. Now, the word casserole to me just means a bunch of good stuff all mixed together and baked. So, that's basically what we're going to do. And breakfast is so important to get started on the right foot. You want a good balance of slow burning carbohydrates, some essential fats and some good quality protein. So, I'm going to combine oats with some flax, some coconut milk,a little bit of fruit and we're going to bake it altogether and it's going to be delicious and your house is going to smell amazing. So, let's get started. I'm going to start here with the oats, so I'm just using old fashion oats; you can use steel cut oats also; and I've got a cup of those. Add that into my bowl. I've also, this recipe calls for an egg. Now, anytime you see an egg on a recipe, you can replace it with two egg whites, just something to keep in mind especially if you're watching your cholesterol. So, I'm going to add two egg whites for the equivalent of one egg. You can tell I've used this a lot, I can just eyeball them now. And then, I've got some slivered almonds; I'm going to add that into my mix. And then, I've also got, I'm going to keep adding my dry things even though I added my egg whites in there. I've got a teaspoon of low salt and I use the low salt because it's much lower sodium than regular salt; it's about 60 percent less. So, that's great if you're watching your sodium, which we all should be. And then, I've got half a teaspoon of baking powder. Now, you're wondering why I'm using baking powder if you're not really baking. Well, I'm kind of like baking. We want this to rise a little bit; give it a little bit of body. And then, I'm going to add in some cinnamon. Oh, the combination of cinnamon with the oats and the bananas is like the best ever. So, I'm going to do, actually, I'm going to get kind of generous with this. So, I'm going to do a couple of teaspoons because I like the flavor of cinnamon. And you can always dial back that flavor if you're not as enthusiastic about it as I am. So, I've got all my dry ingredients in here, I'm just going to give it a little move around. Now, I'm going to add in a cup of unsweetened coconut milk. You could also use almond milk or sun milk if you have a nut allergy, or you can use low fat milk. I just love the nut milk because it gives it a great flavor. Alright, so I've got that mixed in there. Now, I'm going to sweeten this with a little bit of Stevia and vanilla. Vanilla is just going to give it a great like a baking quality flavor to it. And I do about, I'm just going to eyeball that, about a teaspoon. And then, normally, I would put in about a quarter to half a cup of sweetener, now with the extract, it's a lot stronger, so I'm going to add in about 10 drop fulls. But again, you can adjust this; Stevia is free calories. You should really make it part of your everyday repertoire instead of refined sugar because it's all natural, it's made from the Stevia plant and it will help to actually balance your sugar, your blood sugar instead of spiking your insulin. It's something we all need to be aware of when we're trying to stay healthy. Alright. Now, I'm going to add in my sliced strawberries. I'm going to save a few for the top just to make it look pretty on top. But, I'm going to add in close to a cup. Mix that in. And then, I'm going to slice up some banana here. And again, if you're watching your sugar, even sugar from fruit is something that you need to be aware of. So, for this whole casserole, I'm just going to use one banana. Chop that up and just like with the strawberry, I'm going to save just a little bit on top, for on top because it's going to caramelize and give it this gorgeous golden brown color. Alright. So, I'm going to add in a little bit of the banana into the mixture here and then, I'm going to leave the rest for on top and for that to get golden brown. So, I've got that all mixed in and then, I'm going to layer this into my baking dish. I've already pre-oiled it with a little bit of non-stick spray. We'll just spread that around here to make it even. And then, I'm going to add in just a little bit of flax. Now, flax is great for brain function, it's a great source of omega threes, iron, zinc, fiber. I love to add it into pretty much anything I bake. And this particular one already has cocoa, strawberries and blueberries ground into it. So, you get that added benefit. And then, what I'm going to do is I'm just going to layer a few more pieces of fruit on top, just that, so that it looks pretty when it's baked; cause foods got to be pretty too. I'm always a big, I always say, if you watch any of my other videos, you eat with your eyes first. Clean food is naturally beautiful. Alright, gorgeous right? We're going to pop this in the oven, 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. So, don't go away because when this is done, you're going to want to see it. It's going to be gorgeous. Oh, have I got a treat for you! Look at how gorgeous that is. I just took this berry oatmeal breakfast casserole out of the oven and it just smells incredible. I combined heart healthy old fashioned oats with, I've got some flax meal in here, I have some fresh fruit, I have some unsweetened coconut milk and this is a great way to start your day because you have the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat. So, all you do basically, serve yourself up a nice serving there. Let's try it because it, ah, I wish you had smell it, smell a vision right now. Ummm, ummm, yum! You have the crunch of the almonds, a little bit of the flax and it's the perfect way to start your day. I think you should definitely give this a try; I think your family will love it. I'm Chef Mareya, The Fit Foody. I've always got food in my mouth, but I want to tell you, I love being with you; watch all my healthy videos and don't go away. I'll be right back.