Tell me you’ve had baked oatmeal. I didn’t until a few years back and when I did, it was at a restaurant. Though I liked the concept of oatmeal baked until it’s more like a bowl of oatmeal cookie (!!!) it was lacking. It was empty of anything but the basics and cried out for fruit and nuts and texture. I love to add blueberries, strawberries, or cherries from my freezer. Alternatively, you can add dried fruit, or chocolate chips or bananas or your favorite kind of nut! Be creative and see what you like most!
If you get tired of the same ol’ oatmeal or french toast casserole or quiche, this is a delicious way to start the day and have plenty to serve overnight guests. Make sure you have milk or cream to drizzle over the top of the warm, cinnamony goodness.
It just kinda makes your food-heart happy.
Around here, we have it for lunch now and again, but it’s also a great candidate for brinner (breakfast for dinner) if you don’t feel like the usual meat and potatoes.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients:
3 c. old-fashioned oats
3/4 c. brown sugar (I often sub in half maple syrup or maple sugar)
2 heaping tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Make a well in the center and to the well add the following:
1 c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
Now stir all of the ingredients together.
Add in 1/2 c. melted butter.
And then add in some fruit and nuts to equal 1 cup or so. I love berries, apples, raisins, and toasted pecans, but you can easily sub in whatever you have on hand. Dried cherries or cranberries, bananas and strawberries, even some chocolate chips — whatever trips your trigger.
Put all of this loveliness into a 9×13″ baking dish and bake for 40 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.
Serve with a bit of whole milk or heavy cream drizzled over the hot oatmeal.
And then find your way back here and thank me. :o)
- 3 c. old fashioned oats
- ¾ c. brown sugar
- 2 heaping tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 c. milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- ½ c. melted butter
- 1 c. fruit and/or nuts (apples, raisins, pecans, berries, etc.)
- In a large bowl mix oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
- Make a well in the center and add milk, eggs, and vanilla.
- Stir all of the ingredients together and add in the melted butter, fruit and nuts.
- Pour it into a 9x13" baking dish and bake for 40 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.
- Serve with milk or cream drizzled over the hot oatmeal.
Thanks to BlanchL from allrecipes.com for the original recipe.
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