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Baked Oatmeal

You always knew it was a special day in our house growing up if there was baked oatmeal for breakfast. This wasn't just your average Wednesday morning fare, this was reserved for holidays and lazy mornings. And there was a reason - it was an indulgent splurge!

The recipe actually originated (in our house, at least) from a Bed & Breakfast up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. We used to go up there with a few other families and enjoy some time jumping into the lake with a rope swing (summer) or "sledding" by being pulled behind a pick-up truck (winter). Lots of fun memories associated with this recipe.

In honor of Mother's Day this weekend, here's a recipe that even the kids can help pull together as part of a special homemade breakfast or brunch. I took the liberty of lightening up the recipe, and posting here.

First, I pulled together all the ingredients. You'll notice there aren't too many (a good sign for an easy recipe!).

Combine 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/3 cup oil and 1/2 cup sugar in a mixing bowl. Whisk together to slightly beat the eggs. Add in 4 cups old fashioned oats, and 1 Tbs baking powder. Whisk together to ensure there are no clumps of baking powder (it is not a tasty surprise in the finished product!).

Bake in a preheated oven on 350 for about 35 minutes. You'll want to take it out and stir a couple of times to help break it up and keep it fluffy.

The picture on the left is half-way through the cooking time. Still a little soupy. The picture on the right is the final product coming out of the oven. Golden brown and fluffy.

There are many ways to serve this delicious baked oatmeal. A favorite in our house was with a warm berry sauce and milk. To continue with my "lightening up" theme, I chose blueberries and Greek yogurt. 

Baked Oatmeal

serving size: 1/2 cup, serves: 10

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 Tbs baking powder

Directions:

  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, oil and sugar in a large bowl. 
  2. Add oats and baking powder, whisking to avoid clumps.
  3. Pour into baking pan, cook at 350 for 35 minutes.
  4. Stir once or twice in the last 15 minutes of cooking.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 248
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
    • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 6.5g
  • Calcium: 10%
  • Iron: 9%