Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cherry Apple Baked Oatmeal


Darin has been loving his oatmeal in the mornings. Whole grains are a great way to start the day as they are low in fat and high in fiber and good carbohydrates. We make a large batch on Saturdays and then package them into individual plastic containers, so they are portable and easy to pack into his lunches every day.

This is a nice variation to his usual oatmeal + PB as the Craisins and grated apple add some sweetness to the oats. Make sure to grate your apple- if you dice/chop it, the apple won't get soft enough and it'll remain too crunchy for this baked dish.

Grated apple, Craisins, and almond extract gives this oatmeal a nice sweetness to it

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (not quick cooking oats)
  • 1/4 cup dried cherry or cranberries (we used Craisins)
  • 1 Tbsp light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 medium apple, grated
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 Tbsp sliced almonds (we omitted this)
  • Topping options: Vanilla yogurt, sliced almonds, additional dried fruit

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a square baking dish (8x8) with cooking spray.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients (oats through almond extract) in a large bowl, and mix well.
  3. Pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with almonds.
  4. Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes (ours was done at 45 minutes), and serve with toppings.

Source: (can't find it anymore, but it was on the internet...)

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