Healthy & Delicious: Baked Oatmeal

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Going home for the holidays can mean being force-fed giant breakfasts of bacon, bagels, and various Christmas cookies, but it can also mean unlimited access to my mom's full-sized, non-apartment kitchen, which gives me plenty of options for making my own meals.

Oatmeal has always been my go-to office breakfast, but I'd never tried baked oatmeal before this weekend. Not only is it less watery than packaged oatmeal but it has a much deeper, homemade flavor. I chose to start with the recipe from Everybody Likes Sandwiches for a few reasons:

It's a wonderful blog, the recipe didn't require half a cup of oil, and it was padded out with fruit.

My first attempt made the kitchen smell like a pie factory, and though I liked it, my family felt it needed a little more sweetness. So, the second time around, I took out the coconut (which we couldn't taste anyway) and added a bit of brown sugar.

Voila.

The result was a warm, filling, comparatively healthy alternative to Mom's bacon and egg smorgasbords. Plus, it's pretty infinitely adaptable. Dried cranberries, walnuts, or even peanut butter would all make excellent additions.

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Healthy & Delicious: Baked Oatmeal

About This Recipe

Yield:3 or 4
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats (Quaker old-fashioned, etc.)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash each of cloves, nutmeg, and/or cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large apple, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 5 pecan or walnut halves, chopped
  • Butter or shortening

Procedures

  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a small casserole dish.

  2. 2

    In a medium bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and other spices. Stir to mix. Add apples. Stir again and pour into casserole dish.

  3. 3

    In a large glass measuring cup, slowly whisk milk, cider, and maple syrup together. Pour into oatmeal mixture.

  4. 4

    Bake for 20 minutes. Remove, top with pecan bits, and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven, let sit for 5 minutes to cool, and serve.

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