Baked Oatmeal

Going home for the holidays can mean being force-fed giant breakfasts of bacon, bagels, and various Christmas cookies, but it can also mean unlimited access to my mom's full-sized, non-apartment kitchen, which gives me plenty of options for making my own meals. Oatmeal has always been my go-to office breakfast, but I'd never tried baked oatmeal before this weekend. Not only is it less watery than packaged oatmeal but it has a much deeper, homemade flavor. I chose to start with the recipe from Everybody Likes Sandwiches for a few reasons: It's a wonderful blog, the recipe didn't require half a cup of oil, and it was padded out with fruit. My first attempt made the kitchen smell like a pie factory, and though I liked it, my family felt it needed a little more sweetness. So, the second time around, I took out the coconut (which we couldn't taste anyway) and added a bit of brown sugar. Voila. The result was a warm, filling, comparatively healthy alternative to Mom's bacon and egg smorgasbords. Plus, it's pretty infinitely adaptable. Dried cranberries, walnuts, or even peanut butter would all make excellent additions.

Baked Oatmeal

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  • 1

    cup oats (Quaker old-fashioned, etc.)

  • tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon cinnamon

  • Dash each of cloves, nutmeg, and/or cardamom

  • ¼

    teaspoon salt

  • 1

    large apple, peeled and diced

  • 1

    cup 2% milk

  • cup apple cider

  • 2

    tablespoons maple syrup

  • 5

    pecan or walnut halves, chopped

  • Butter or shortening


1 Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a small casserole dish. 2 In a medium bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and other spices. Stir to mix. Add apples. Stir again and pour into casserole dish. 3 In a large glass measuring cup, slowly whisk milk, cider, and maple syrup together. Pour into oatmeal mixture. 4 Bake for 20 minutes. Remove, top with pecan bits, and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven, let sit for 5 minutes to cool, and serve


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