Friday, January 2, 2009

Hearty breakfast that's simple, easy, and oh so good!

I'm a busy mom, who just started back to work after maternity leave. I don't have time to spend a lot of energy in the kitchen in the morning, and I need a breakfast that's fast, easy, tasty, and good for me. Recently, I did some Web browsing in search of something that would fit the above requirements. Thanks to a genius named Tracy, who posted a recipe on, I was able to find the perfect breakfast fare...with some tweaking and revisions, of course!

The beauty of this recipe is that you whip it together the night before, stash it in the fridge overnight, and toss it in the oven for 35 min. while you're showering and dressing in the morning. It's great when you have company (just tried it with the in-laws over the holidays), and it heats up beautifully for a snack or a second day on the breakfast table. The other great thing about this recipe is that it's totally customizable (I can't have dairy, but rice milk subs wonderfully, and you can use whatever fruit you like. Walnuts would be a great addition as well, unless you have a husband that hates them, like me :).

So without further ado, here is my take on lovely Tracy's baked oatmeal.....

Baked Oatmeal with Fruit

Prep time: 10 min. (the night before)
Bake time: 35 min. (the next morning)

1/2 c. vegetable oil (or apple sauce)
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. milk (or soy or rice milk)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T baking powder
3 c. quick cooking oats
1/2 c. fresh or frozen fruit of your choice (blueberries, raspberries, peaches, etc.)
1 apple, grated (no need to peel)
1-2 generous dashes cinnamon

Mix the oil and sugar in a bowl. Add the eggs, milk, salt, and baking powder, and mix well. Add the oats. Add the fruit, grated apple, and cinnamon. Mix. Pour into a square pyrex pan or pie pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the oatmeal, uncovered for ~35 min, or until it's slightly brown around the edges and soft/firm to the touch in the center.

To serve, cut or spoon a portion into a bowl and pour warm milk (soy or rice milk) over the top. Note that Jeff likes it dry (without the milk). So you could try that too!

Hope you enjoy this, and find it as easy as I do! Happy eating!

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