I look forward to the traditions associated with holidays because I find comfort in doing the same things each year. Many of our family traditions include food. We work together in the kitchen to create foods we often eat only once each year. When visiting my husband’s grandparents, we were introduced to baked oatmeal and we fell in love. We decided that it needed to become part of our family traditions. Baked oatmeal is a great breakfast any day, but we think it will make a perfect holiday breakfast for us this year and in future years. Here is why I am choosing baked oatmeal this holiday season:
- It can be put together the night before. All I will have to do in the morning is put it in the oven, so I will not miss out on any family time.
- Each person can make their bowl of baked oatmeal special with add-ins like sliced bananas, nuts, dried fruit, milk and cinnamon sugar.
- It is a healthy choice. Baked oatmeal is made with fruit, oats (a whole grain), and non-fat milk.
- It is filling. The oats fill me up so I am less likely to get hungry for the high fat and sugar snacks that are common during the holidays.
- I can buy a lot of oats for very little money. Besides using them in this recipe, I can use them in granola, fruit pizza, baked apples, instant oatmeal packets, and oatmeal bars.
I hope that you try baked oatmeal sometime soon and fall in love with it just like we did.
- 4 ½ cups water
- 3 cups oats (quick cooking or old fashioned)
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup non-fat milk
- 2 medium apples, chopped
- ½ cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries)
- In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add oats and boil for one minute. Remove from heat and let stand five minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, beat together eggs, brown sugar, vegetable oil, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and milk with a fork.
- Stir in oatmeal, apples, and dried fruit.
- Lightly coat a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with cooking spray and pour oatmeal mixture into the pan. Cook immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator overnight.
- To cook, preheat oven to 350°F then bake for 50-60 minutes until the center is set and the top is lightly browned.
- Serve with a variety of toppings including sliced bananas, dried fruit, non-fat milk, chopped walnuts, sliced almonds, and cinnamon sugar.
- This recipe makes a lot, so if you do not have a large crowd to feed, plan on eating this for breakfast or snacks for a couple of days.