Sunday, January 16, 2011

Baked Oatmeal

We are lovers of breakfast at our home.

Most mornings, the boy's breakfast of choice is waffles, sometimes with maple flavored sausage. My breakfast is usually a bowl of oatmeal, skim milk and a hot cup of coffee. Lately, I have been enjoying Fiber One but learned that eating huge quantities of said cereal is not a wise choice.
Unfortunately, the computer can't send you the wonderful fragrance of the baked oatmeal that just came from the oven. My friend, Ann, is a fantastic cook and she passed the recipe to me a few years ago. I have changed it up a bit to suit our tastes as well as a means of incorporating ingredients that I have on hand.
Last year, I made a huge quantity of homemade apple butter and found that it is an excellent substitute for some of the oil. Applesauce would likely work well, but eliminating all the oil will result in a dense, sponge-like texture.
Tonight I threw in a peeled and chopped D'Anjou pear. We have a bowl full of VERY juicy, delicious pears and I think pears are an excellent complement to the tart cranberries and apples.
1/2 cup apple butter or apple sauce
1/4-1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 Tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups milk
2 large tart apples, peeled, cored, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, cherries or raisins
1 cup fresh cranberries
Mix all together and place in greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until center is set.
*This is a great recipe to freeze after you bake. We just microwave in the morning for a quick breakfast.
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  1. That looks delicious! Ann? Ann R by chance?

  2. Do you know that every time I look at your blog I think your profile starts off with, "I am an amazing wife..." and then I realize it says, "wife to an amazing husband". It makes me chuckle.

  3. Yes, it is Ann R's recipe:))
    Happy Birthday!

  4. Is this all that you have eaten in the last week?!? New blog with new food or life's stuff please. :)

  5. i'm making this this sunday;) thanks!

  6. We tried this recipe today and it was a real hit. My son requested I make it with chocolate chips and marshmellows instead like the smores granola bars he sees in the store. I might actually try that - but serve it as dessert! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. My family tried a variation on your recipe for baked oatmeal this morning, and we loved it. Thanks for the idea! I posted our recipe adaptation on my blog, but I would love to be able to link back to your blog for the original recipe. Would that be alright with you if I do that? Here is the link to my blog:

  8. Sounds great! I cannot wait to try the banana version:)