Saturday, October 15, 2011

Baked Apple Spice Oatmeal

I'm always trying to come up with new ways to get my toddler to eat a healthy breakfast. We have Green Monster Smoothies a couple of times a week, and sometimes I make a special breakfast like pumpkin spice donuts or pancakes. Although we love those, I've been trying to come up with an easy, healthy, go-to breakfast that can easily be changed up just by using different fruits. This oatmeal fit the bill and my kiddo LOVED it! He ate more of it than I did! This makes a big batch of oatmeal but it reheats really well. I actually liked it better the next day. I used apples and cranberries, but I can't wait to try other variations. 

Baked Apple Spice Oatmeal
Servings: 4 to 6

2 cups regular old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 1/2 cups low-fat milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
2 apples, such as Granny Smith, chopped (peeling is optional)

Maple syrup (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly grease a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish or glass baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and nuts together. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, vanilla, melted butter, and egg together until well combined. 

Place half of the chopped apples on the bottom of the baking dish. Top with the oat mixture. Place the remaining apples on top of the oats. Pour the milk mixture evenly over the oats and apples. 

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. Drizzle maple syrup on the top.

Source: A Much Kneaded original

1 comment:

  1. I never liked hot oatmeal in the morning growing up. This recipe looks so delicious I will give it a try!