Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal

This one is a goody, essentially it’s just a basic custard with oats and fruit baked in, or you could think of it as a bread and butter pudding, sans the bread. I’ve baked about six different types, combined the recipes and made them simple. I like a recipe I can learn and remember something that can be a go to, without much fuss you dont have to pull a recipe book out for it, or look it up online again.

Simple units, simple stuff.

I love this one so much, I might even write the basic mix on a scrap of paper and tape it to my oat jar!

 The flavour possibilities are endless really, you can swap the spices, fruit and nuts out for essentially anything, I’ll give you some suggestions at the bottom.

Basic Mix 

2 cups oats 

1 tsp baking powder 

100g melted butter 

1 cup milk (I use oat but any is fine) 

2 eggs 

1/2 cup raw sugar (you can use any kind, use less or even remove it completely)

1 tbs vanilla 

For this version

2 chopped apples 

1 tbs mixed spice 

1 handful sultanas 

1 handful chopped walnuts 

Sprinkle brown sugar 

Sprinkle of coconut 

Method 

 

Preheat oven to 180*

Lightly grease a medium sized baking dish

Melt butter and allow to cool, I like to do this is a glass jug or jar in the microwave, then I can just keep mixing the other wet ingredients in with it when it’s time.  

In your baking dish combine and stir well…

2 cups oats 

1 tsp baking powder 

1/2 cup sugar 

2 chopped apples 

1tbs mixed spice

1 handful sultanas 

1 handful of chopped walnuts 

and set aside. 

 

once the butter has cooled, add to it…

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1 tbs vanilla

and mix up well with a fork. 

 

Gently pour the liquid mixture over the mix in the baking dish.

Give it a good stir and top with a sprinkle of coconut and a sprinkle of brown sugar.

I allow it to sit now for about five minutes. I really don’t know if it makes that much of a difference but I like to think it gives the oats the chance to start soaking up the liquid a little.  

Bake in the oven (180*) for 40 mins.  

 

Make a cup of coffee, enjoy the warm, cheerful and cosy aroma coming from your oven. Think thoughts like, maybe we should all aim to live simpler? Maybe the Amish have got something good going? Realise that you would have to get rid of your car, oven, mobile, the new season of Virgin River and it’s just not worth it. But perhaps you could make this once a week? 

You can serve this on it’s own, with a little milk, yoghurt or even extra fruit. It eats well hot and cold, can be kept in the fridge for up to three days and reheated a serving at a time in the microwave.

 

 

 

Alternatives 

- As above but replace 1 apple with- 1 grated carrot and 1 small grated zucchini (liquid squeezed out)

- 1 chopped apple, 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) 

- 1 tbs cacao powder, 1/2 cup almond meal, 1/2 cup choc chips, top with handful flaked almonds

- 1 cup frozen mixed berries, top with flaked almonds. 

 

 

 

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