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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Baked Oatmeal: Breakfast or Dessert? You decide.

I made this last Saturday and we really enjoyed it.  It's like eating a crumbled up oatmeal cookie! Delicious with milk/cream or without!  I altered the recipe since I don't have quick oats on hand, but I'll include both recipes. I think mine tasted better, personally. ;-) It's gotta be better with chocolate!

Baked Oatmeal

1 1/2 C. old fashioned oats
1 Tbl. whole wheat flour
1/4 C. white sugar
1/4 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. + 1 Tbl. milk
1/4 C. butter, melted
1 egg
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 chocolate chips
Pecan or walnut pieces

Combine the all ingredients except the nuts and chocolate chips. Mix well. (I suggest stirring in the melted butter before adding the milk, if the milk is cold.)  Stir in chocolate chips.  Spread evenly in a greased 9x13x2 inch baking pan. Sprinkle with nuts.  Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or till edges are golden brown. Serve immediately in bowls. Top with warm milk. Add fresh fruit and brown sugar if desired. (Makes 6 smallish servings, or 4 larger ones.)

Other changes you could make to this recipe - swap out the chocolate chips for dried cranberries, blueberries or raisins. If they are very dry I'd recommend soaking them in warm water for 5 minutes before mixing them into the batter. Also, you could add cinnamon, especially with raisins.

The Original recipe was something like this....

1 1/2 C. quick-cooking oats
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. milk
1/4 C. butter, melted
1 egg
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine the all ingredients. Mix well. Spread evenly in a greased 9x13x2 inch baking pan.  Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or till edges are golden brown. Serve immediately in bowls. Top with warm milk.  Add fresh fruit and brown sugar if desired.  (Makes 6 smallish servings, or 4 larger ones.)