Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Baked Oatmeal w/ Cranberries

There's so much I love about baking with oats... oatmeal cookies, crumble topping on pies, granola, etc. However, I've never been a big fan of oatmeal (although I sometimes forced myself to eat it). It's something about the weird, goopy texture. Fortunately, this recipe has definitely changed that less-than-pleasant oatmeal experience into an absolute treat. It has all the properties of the oat things I love (especially the texture), while still being a healthy breakfast (granted it has some butter and sugar, but not too much considering this recipe makes 4-5 servings). Try it -- you will definitely be surprised at how much better oatmeal just got!

* 1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1 egg
* 1/4 cup butter, melted
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/3 cup dried cranberries
* 1/4 cup walnuts

* Preheat oven to 350 F.
* In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (first five ingredients).
* In a small bowl, whisk together wet ingredients (next four ingredients)
* Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, making sure well incorporated.
* Mix in the cranberries and walnuts.
* Spread into an 8X8 baking dish.

* Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. It should come out looking like:
* Immediately serve, and enjoy a new way to oatmeal!

* See how it comes out? The texture is much more appealing than traditional oatmeal:

* I ate mine with a little more butter (totally unnecessary, but always delicious), and a touch of milk.

Recipe adapted from here.

1 comment:

  1. I prefer my oatmeal baked. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us at Foodie Friends Friday.