Baked Oatmeal

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Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Everyone also knows that breakfast can be the most boring meal of the day. It becomes all too easy to fall into a rut of grabbing toast while you run out the door, the same old bowl of cereal, or a calorie-laden Starbucks pastry. Okay so that last one might  not be boring, but it’s certainly not healthy! This baked oatmeal is a wonderful alternative to traditional breakfast foods – it’s warm, hearty, filling, and full of good-for-you stuff that will make you feel like you started the day right. Looking for an added bonus? You can bake this up and have enough left to be reheated for breakfast every day of the work week. That’s right, 5 days of breakfast ready and waiting for you – no wondering what you’re going to eat or what you’ll have time to make when you wake up in the morning.

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There is nothing complicated about baking up this oatmeal, so get to it! I enjoyed mine with an extra sprinkling of chopped walnuts, a few more raisins, and a drizzle of honey.

Baked Oatmeal

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked oats
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup raisins (or dried fruit of your choice)
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (or nut of your choice)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1½ cups milk
½ cup applesauce
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
Cooking spray

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the milk, applesauce, butter, and egg in a separate bowl. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Pour oat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

(Source: Cooking Light)

Baked Oatmeal
(Source: Cooking Light)

2 cups uncooked oats
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup raisins (or dried fruit of your choice)
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (or nut of your choice)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1½ cups milk
½ cup applesauce
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the milk, applesauce, butter, and egg in a separate bowl. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Pour oat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm.