Recipe for Baked Oatmeal

I am a cereal girl. I never get sick of it. I could eat it for every meal if I didn’t love my vegetables so much:) Cold cereal is good, we always stock up when there is a sale, but I really enjoy my hot oatmeal. It is so comforting! I like it cooked on the stove top or in the microwave, but if I want a special treat, I bake it.

There is something about baked oatmeal that just hits the spot. I use applesauce to replace most of the butter and use less brown sugar than most recipes. It’s breakfast so I want it to be somewhat healthy:) I also add in cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, and dried cranberries.

I still don’t have my passion for food back yet, but I made oatmeal the other day and my tummy was very happy! Baked oatmeal, I love you!

You can double this recipe if you want to make a big batch, in a 9×13 pan. The 8×8 is plenty for us. Don’t forget to play around too, there are lots of fun add ins for oatmeal. Try other dried fruits, berries, apples, nuts, coconut, nut butters, etc. Have fun and enjoy!

Baked Oatmeal

2 cups uncooked old fashioned oats
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon (I like a lot)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup raisins
2 T dried cranberries
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk (I use skim)
1/2 cup applesauce
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the milk, applesauce, butter, egg, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well.

3. Pour oat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray.

4. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

This is an easy recipe to double, so if you are serving a crowd, double and bake in a 9 by 13 pan.  Bake for double the time. Serve warm.

If you want to add toppings you can-nuts, fruit, brown sugar, cinnamon, milk, etc. I always add a dash of cinnamon to my bowl!

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