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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.


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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