I love baked oatmeal. You basically throw a bunch of yummy stuff in a bowl, mix it up, pour it into a casserole dish and bake it. In 30 or so minutes, you have a delicious hot breakfast that will feed a crowd.
I made this last Sunday morning for my parents Bible study group. To make it special, I added chunks of apples and lots of cinnamon. The apples get slightly soft and sweet. It's so good and hearty.
Starting anything with oatmeal and brown sugar can't be bad.
Throw all the dry ingredients in a bowl and then chop up some apples.
Mix everything together and pour it into a casserole dish. Stick it in the oven and the scent of baked apples and cinnamon will make all the Bible scholars drool in the living room.
You could make this with pure maple syrup, any kind of fruit, walnuts... it's so versatile. I like it with apples and cinnamon. Classic.
Paired with a grapefruit, it was a delicious and healthy breakfast that day.
And it didn't leave me dreaming of buttery, rich cinnamon rolls.
Except I'm always dreaming of buttery, rich cinnamon rolls. Is there anything better? Maybe chocolate croissants. Actually, I will take a chocolate croissant any time of the day. Especially midnight with a glass of milk.
Okay I will stop now.
Here's the recipe!
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
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3 cups whole rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a casserole dish or 13x9 pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Beat in eggs, milk, melted butter and vanilla extract. Peel, core and chop apples into small pieces. Add those into the bowl and combine. Pour mixture into baking dish. Bake uncovered for 30 - 40 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Serve immediately.