Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Bake
A local strawberry stand called Ferlito’s Berry Patch opened for business Wednesday, which means its OFFICIALLY strawberry season! Woohoo! It’s a big deal when Ferlito’s opens because it marks the unofficial start of summer here. It also means Father’s Day is near by, school is letting out soon and strawberry flavored everything is going to become a staple for dessert over the next month.
If you live in the area or want to take a trip to Oswego, you can just drive up to their road stand and buy already picked strawberries by the quart. They also offer a U-Pick option where you can roam the fields and pick berries to your hearts content. At this very moment the strawberries are only available at the stand but according to their Facebook page, U-PIck starts on the 18th of June! I can’t wait
Here is a glimpse at the beautiful bright strawberries they had available when I stopped by…all bursting with sweet deliciousness! As you can see every berry was boasting with perfection, I wanted to buy them all but since sharing is caring I left some for the rest of the city to sample.
I could hardly wait to get busy in the kitchen when I got home and since I had fresh rhubarb from my CSA box on hand, I naturally had to pair the two. Here is the quick recipe I whipped up. It would taste great for breakfast or perfect for dessert served with some whipped cream or ice cream!
- 1 1/2 cups strawberries
- 3 stalks of rhubarb
- 1 + 1 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon agave or honey
- 1 cup gluten free oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
- 1/3 cup almond meal
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Slice strawberries and rhubarb and put them in a medium bowl.
- Mix in 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, mix together oats, almond meal, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nuts, and chia seeds.
- Grease 8x8 baking dish and pour strawberry and rhubarb mixture in.
- Pour oat mixture over the top and sprinkle with more cinnamon, if desired.
- Next pour almond milk directly over entire dish, making sure to evenly moisten.
- Place dish in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove and serve warm alongside a frozen treat :)
This is just the first of a few recipes I have in mind. I already ate all of the strawberries I bought; I will be going back for more soon!
Have you ever been to a U-Pick strawberry farm? What is your favorite way to enjoy strawberries?