Baked Oatmeal

March 24, 2011

Baked oatmeal is my new favorite breakfast thing. I wish I would have discovered it a few months ago because it seems like a cold-weather type of food (although it did snow here last night). After making it several times over the past few weeks, I’ve settled on this simple and highly customizable recipe from Cooking Light. A cross between an oatmeal bar and a creamy bowl of oatmeal, it is filling, relatively healthy and inexpensive to make. You can throw in whatever fix-ins you like. This is a great treat to whip up on a lazy weekend morning.


You mix a few dry ingredients. You mix a few wet ingredients. Then you mix everything together in a big bowl. 

You pour everything into a pan that has been coated with cooking spray and pop it into the oven for 20 minutes or so.

The outside will be golden and crisp and the inside is soft, chewy and a tad creamy.

It will be creamier if you use quick-cooking oats or grind up some whole ones. Mine was a little chunkier because I used a mix of different whole grains.

The first time I served this to D, he was unsure whether to use a fork or spoon. You can use either.

I used a fork.

I’ve made this with canned pumpkin, mashed banana or pumpkin butter instead of applesauce, with sliced bananas baked into the top, with different kinds of milk, fruits and nuts and with different types of oats and it has all turned out great. Some add-in ideas:

  • Fresh bananas and pecans
  • raisins and walnuts
  • dried cranberries and chocolate chips
  • dried cherries and almonds
  • fresh blueberries, apple or peach pieces
  • cinnamon, vanilla extract or vanilla bean
  • pretty much anything that would taste good in oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal

adapted from Cooking Light

Yield: 5 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup)

Ingredients

  • 2  cups  uncooked quick-cooking oats (regular oats work too)
  • 1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/3  cup  dried fruit
  • 1  tablespoon  chopped nuts
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1 1/2  cups  milk
  • 1/2  cup  applesauce ( I use unsweetened)
  • 2  tablespoons  butter, melted
  • 1  large egg, beaten
  • Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Combine the milk, applesauce, butter, and egg. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Pour oat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Notes: Since I use vanilla soy milk, I reduce the sugar by almost half and it’s plenty sweet. In my oven, this takes 25 minutes to bake.

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