Thursday, February 17, 2011

Recipe : Baked Oatmeal

Mmmmm...... hubby said this was as good or better than the Quaker Oatmeal to Go bars, so I declare it a definite success!   The recipe comes from "The $5 Dinner Mom Breakfast and Lunch Cookbook" - one cookbook that I'm actually considering buying because it has so many recipes in it that sound great and are cheap to put together!

I was a little unsure at first about it; I've never made an oatmeal recipe that was designed to be sliced for serving.  But I figured it was worth a shot!  :o)  Follow the instructions as written, and it will turn out fine.  Do grease the pan pretty well.  It makes 8 servings as-is, but next time, I think I might double the recipe and cut the pan into 12 or 14 slices.   Very nice served on its own, but would also be great in a bowl with a bit of milk or cream, or would also be fabulous as a dessert as well served hot with vanilla ice cream and cooked apple slices!

Baked Oatmeal

2 large eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups milk (vanilla soy milk works)
3 cups quick oats (regular rolled oats work fine)
1/3 cup whole wheat flour (white flour is okay)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9x13 glass baking dish.

Whisk together the eggs, applesauce, sugar, and milk.  Stir in the oats, flour, baking powder and salt until a batter forms.  Fold in the pecans.  Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the batter in the baking dish.

Bake the oatmeal in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for a few minutes before slicing.

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