But I have a friend Anne, who is in my bible study, and she brought the most delicious oatmeal one morning. I wasn't going to try it, because I normally loathe oatmeal *that* much, but it was dairy free, so I had to.
Best. Decision. Ever.
I got the recipe from her, and want to share it with you! The hubby and I just call it "Anne's Oatmeal," so I had to give it a name...
Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
½ cup cinnamon applesauce (this is the same size as a single-serving cup. Convenient!)
1/3 cup sweetener (honey, sugar or agave)
2 eggs (or 4 eggs if you want it to be more custard-like...aka mushy!)
1 cup milk (almond milk is perfect)
½ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
3 cups instant oats (or regular oats - either work!)
½ cup dried cranberries (or dry fruit of choice)
½ tsp. of cinnamon (or more according to taste)
1-2 Tbsp. brown sugar
Chopped walnuts (optional)
|You probably have most of this in your pantry right now!|
1. Mix applesauce and sweetner until blended. Add in eggs, milk, salt and baking powder; combine. Stir in oats and cranberries. [optional: stir in some extra cinnamon if desired]. Pour into a greased pie pan and sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar on top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
|Goodnight, cinnamon baked oatmeal! See you in the morning!|
2. Next morning: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle chopped nuts over top and bake for 25-35 minutes until set. Serve with brown sugar, honey and cinnamon as desired.
|Post-baking. It doesn't last long - thought it is enough to feed 4 people breakfast).|
Oh, and just because I really do this:
What is that a picture of, you ask? That's how I crush my walnuts to use in breads, pancakes, and now Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal! Nuts in Ziplock, underneath washcloth, and smash with plastic cup! Such a grown-up, I know.
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