Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Apple Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Welp, I think I cursed myself for saying it would never snow. Living on the lakeshore it's almost guaranteed that when the forecast says snow, it means SNOW. This type of weather always has me craving a warm meal. This baked oatmeal is basically dessert for breakfast, but with way less sugar as well as a good amount of fiber to keep you full until lunch. I like mine topped with bananas and maple syrup, but it would also be great with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey.


1. Preheat oven to 325. Coat an 8x8 dish with cooking spray. 
2. Combine the oats, brown sugar, golden raisins, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a large mixing bowl. 


3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin puree, half-and-half (or milk), vanilla and melted butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined. 


4. Fold in the apples and blueberries. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish and bake for 45 minutes, or until top is golden. 




5. Cut warm oatmeal into squares and top with bananas and maple syrup, if desired. 
*Refrigerate any leftovers. Reheat each square in the microwave for 40 seconds. 


Apple Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Serves 6

All you need:
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups half-and-half (or milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 sweet apple, cored and diced
1 cup frozen blueberries
Banana slices and pure maple syrup, for topping (optional)

All you do:
1. Preheat oven to 325. Coat an 8x8 dish with cooking spray. 
2. Combine the oats, brown sugar, golden raisins, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a large mixing bowl. 
3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin puree, half-and-half (or milk), vanilla and melted butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined. 
4. Fold in the apples and blueberries. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish and bake for 45 minutes, or until top is golden. 
5. Cut warm oatmeal into squares and top with bananas and maple syrup, if desired. 
*Refrigerate any leftovers. Reheat each square in the microwave for 40 seconds. 
 

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