I have three little ones, 10, 9 (going on 25, that’s my girl) and 7. Needless to say, mornings in the house are a bit chaotic. Though I try to mitigate the rushing around by helping them get things ready the night before, I am a mommy who is not a morning person. You will not find me smiling with bluebirds on my shoulder, cooking eggs and bacon and pancakes at the crack of dawn. Not over here.
But I still want my little ones to have a healthful breakfast that doesn’t require a lot of morning prep. Eureka! Baked oatmeal!
If I prepare the ingredients the night before, I can mix it quickly in the morning and pop it in the oven. Or, make it the night before and reheat in the morning. Either way, this baked oatmeal recipe is pretty durn tasty.
A note about my recipes – I believe in butter, eggs and whole milk. There are a lot of variants of this recipe that substitute applesauce for the oil and so on. Children are growing. They need fat/oils, and whole foods. As long as you are eating whole foods in your diet and getting exercise, I see no reason to take out the rich goodness of butter and throwing in some applesauce. Plus, eating butter, olive oil and good fats is excellent for the skin.
Here’s the recipe:
3 cups rolled oats OR quick oats
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
Preheat oven to 350F
GREASE a 9 x 13 baking pan or use parchment paper.
*note on additives – you can a cup of anything you want.
It’s real easy, guys and dolls! Mix the dry ingredients (oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, cranberries). Then mix the wet (milk, beaten eggs, melted butter, vanilla). Then, have a party and mix ’em all together. Spread in the greased pan and bake for 30 minutes.
Now you have a lovely, sweet baked oatmeal that you can serve in a bowl with a little milk or cool and cut into crumbly-ish bars.