Baked Oatmeal (aka the "Real Breakfast" I posted in that Instagram Photo)

So, when I posted that photo on Instagram today, I was way more excited about the Big Girl Bed (and my ability to sleep) than the breakfast. I hadn't been planning to post a recipe, so my only photo is the one you saw earlier. No fancy professional photos here, I was too bust eating it. By request, here is Bobby's favorite breakfast, Baked Oatmeal.



Baked Oatmeal with Fruit
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes, depending on the fruit used
Bake Time: 40-45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:
2 c Rolled Oats
1/3c Brown Sugar, packed (I will often take this down to 1/4c if I'm cooking for kids)
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp cinnamon
dash of salt
2 cups of berries or sliced stone fruit of choice
2 cups milk (I suggest whole milk)
1 egg (we always have XL in the house, so I'd go with that)
2tbsp butter (melted and then cooled)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions: 
Preheat your oven to 375. Generously grease a casserole dish (I like to use 1+ tbsp. coconut oil or butter). In a large bowl mix oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and 1 cup of the fruit. Pour into the dish and be sure the fruit is evenly spread out in the dish. Place the remaining 1 cup of fruit on the top. I like to add a few additional dashes of cinnamon on top at this point. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, cooled melted butter, and vanilla. Pour the mixture evenly over the oatmeal/fruit--you don't want one part of the Bake to be uncooked while another portion is soggy.

Put it in the oven for 35 minutes. After that, you have the option to sprinkle a little more brown sugar over the top to give it a caramelized look. Put it back for 5-10 more minutes (I tend to err on the side of 10 minutes, because I prefer a slightly firmer bake). That's it. It's so good. 

Play with the flavor combinations! Our favorite fruit combinations are: 
  • raspberries by themselves (if you like tart flavors)
  • 50/50 strawberry blueberry (if you're into sweet & tart or you want to be patriotic)
  • raspberry and nectarine (tart, but don't put the nectarines on the top layer, just in the mix)
  • strawberry and banana (if you like traditional breakfast flavors)
  • bananas by themselves (if you want the taste of banana bread)

Lindsay

Lindsay Sweeting was in the world of Marketing and Publicity in her previous life. These days you're more likely to see her running after her toddler than running a meeting, but she does her best to find time to create new recipes, come up with fun activities for her daughter, and write about the craziness that is life in the Sweeting house.

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