Alice Bolen, author of Simply De-Lite-Ful, stopped by to share a delicious, make-ahead breakfast idea to keep your kids fueled until lunch period.
Amish Baked Oatmeal
I adapted this recipe from a Pennsylvania Amish favorite. It is a healthy and delicious breakfast that can be baked in a big casserole and retrieved from the refrigerator all week for a quick, delicious fix for busy mornings -- especially with school starting. It is good warmed or at room temperature. It also makes a great snack. I like a little milk or fat free 1/2 and 1/2 poured over it. You can dress it up with your favorite oatmeal additions, or make the basic version if your family varies in their likes and dislikes. Additions can be baked in or put on top at serving. For an 8-inch square pan, halve the recipe. You can also bake it in muffin cups that are well-sprayed.
- 3 cups rolled oats. You can use old fashioned or quick.
- 1 cup brown sugar or to taste. (you can substitute with maple syrup or honey to taste.)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups fat free milk, or almond or soy milk
- 1/2 cup egg substitute or egg whites. (If you adhere to a vegan diet, you can substitute egg with 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal mix with 6 tablespoons water. This is the equivalent of 2 eggs.)
- 1/4 cup melted butter substitute. If your diet allows, you can use melted coconut oil.
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups dried fruits, berries, peeled & chopped apples or chopped nuts of your choice.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly spray a 9X13 baking dish and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir in milk, egg substitute, melted butter substitute, and vanilla extract. Stir in additions if using. Spread into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until set in the middle. Can be served warm or refrigerated and scooped out for breakfast or snack.
Below are some suggestions for combining add-ins
- Berries are some of my favorite fruits to bake with because their flavor and color infuses every part of the oatmeal. Add 1 cup of fresh berries, mixed or single variety, and a handful of chopped nuts if desired.
- Chocolate and cherries always make a magical combination! Add chopped dark chocolate along with coarsely chopped fresh or dried cherries.
- The classic addition for oatmeal (and my favorite), would be apples and cinnamon. Dice the apples and mix them into the batter or cut the apples into rings and place them on top of the oatmeal before baking. I personally love chopped dates in this mix as well. Add walnuts or pecans for some extra crunch.
- Because most of us can’t get enough of cherries, it only seemed right to add another variation with cherries: combine coarsely chopped fresh, frozen or dehydrated cherries with unsweetened coconut flakes for baked oatmeal that tastes like dessert.
- Mix chopped strawberries into the oatmeal and if you like the flavor of cooked bananas, top with banana slices. Add dark chocolate chunks for another layer of flavor, if you wish.