I told you I was little obsessed with oatmeal in my Protein Oatmeal without Protein Powder post, and baked oatmeal is no exception. Baked oatmeal has a cake like quality that sets my soul on fire. When Saturday morning rolls around and I don’t feel like standing over a frying pan for an hour, only to wind up with cold eggs, burnt sausage, and grease stains on my t-shirt, I make baked oatmeal.
There are so many variations that I have yet to try, but this past weekend, I was missing fall and wanted warm apples and cinnamon. I really wanted apple pie, but apparently it’s frowned upon to have pie for breakfast. It’s also considered a poor choice when you have ice cream for breakfast, but some loophole, somewhere allows cool whip. Yes, I dolloped a hefty two tablespoons of sweet, creamy cool whip on top of my apple cinnamon creation, after I sheepishly licked an immeasurable amount off a spoon, directly from the tub. And when the dishes were washed and kitchen was clean, I didn’t feel a single tinge of guilt.
Typically baked oatmeal calls for butter and heaping cups of brown sugar. I subbed out the butter with coconut oil for some good cholesterol support. I also chose to use Granny Smith apples over a red variety, because green apples typically have less sugar, more fiber, and more vitamins. I countered the sour taste with some Stevia and organic maple syrup. You are more than welcome to use any kind of apple you want. My real reason for using Granny Smiths was because they are what I had on hand.
It takes about 10 minutes to whip this up, 30 minutes to bake, and less than 5 minutes to consume an entire 8×8 baking dish. This recipe is ‘my kid’ approve, and my kid is picky. It’s also husband approved and under 170 calories per square.
If you have a family of 4+, I suggest doubling this batch, as they really did go fast. I was counting on leftovers for the week, but it didn’t work out that way. Instead, Chris and I shared the last little square because we both wanted more.
Baked Oatmeal Recipe
- 2 cups quick cook oats
- 1/4 tsp. ginger
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. stevia
- 3 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup vanilla or plain greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 tbsp. maple syrup
- 3/4 cup almond milk/milk of choice
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil, slightly melted
- 1 egg
- 2 egg whites
- 1 large apple, chopped
Preheat oven to 350F and lightly spray an 8×8 in pan with cooking spray.
Mix oats, ginger, salt, stevia, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Combine applesauce, yogurt, vanilla, maple syrup, almond milk, egg, and egg whites in a separate bowl. Stir until combined.
Dump the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add in chopped apple.
Dump batter into pan and bake for 30 minutes, uncovered. Top with whip cream if desired.
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