Works for Me Wednesday – Baked Oatmeal – Updated
One of my goals for this year is to stop buying cereal and switch to breakfast foods that are healthier and homemade. Baked oatmeal is something that is easy to make, healthy, and can be made in advance.
One recipe makes a 9″x13″ pan and will last for several days. I will bake it on the first day and then re-heat it as needed.
1/2 c butter, melted (I have been using applesauce and it turns out great)
1 c brown sugar (I am trying to cut back on the sugar each time I make it, 2/3 c works fine)
2 eggs, beaten
3 c rolled oats
2 t baking powder
1 t salt
1 c milk
Cream together first 3 ingredients. Add all the rest to creamed mixture. Bake in 10″x10″ or 9″x13″ pan at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Can be mixed the night before. The eggs can be omitted.
Variation: use 1/2 c sugar and add raisins. (never tried this)
Microwave: Combine melted butter, 2/3 c brown sugar and eggs. Add remaining ingredients, using only 1/2 c milk. Place in 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Microwave on full power for 6-7 minutes. Stir several times. (never tried this, I try to avoid using my microwave whenever I can)
The Basics and More Cookbook, page 7
This recipe can also be found on my recipe page. I also add ground flax seed, probably around 1/4 c. And there are so many changes that I can easily make. Sometime I would like to replace the applesauce with canned pumpkin. Adding chocolate chips would also be tasty, although not as healthy. Fresh fruit or dried fruit could also be added. The options are endless.
This baked oatmeal recipe is more cake-like and not mushy, unless it’s not baked long enough. Normally, I eat my baked oatmeal warm, in a bowl, with milk. My son prefers his not warm, but also in a bowl with milk, like cereal.
What are your favorite breakfast recipes?