Sometimes, my cravings have absolutely nothing to do with the weather. For example, on the very first hot day of spring, I found myself craving oatmeal in every form. Fortunately, I always have some oats lying around, so I Pinterested a bit and found a very unique recipe that I wasn’t sure would work. But, the ingredients were cheap and most were already in my pantry, so I gave it a shot! This recipe is titled “Baked Oatmeal” because that’s very literally what it is, but it is far more like a muffin or cake than a sloppy bowl of oatmeal. There is very little sugar, so you can eat it guilt-free for breakfast, or you can serve it to friends as dessert and no one will ever know the difference! It is also gluten free and can easily be dairy and/or nut free depending on what milk you choose. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, because I love the light vanilla flavor (and only 30 calories/cup!). Therefore, this is the perfect thing to make for brunch for a group of people with varying food preferences and allergies. I served some to friends after a long day of moving, and everyone loved it!
The only thing that could make this better (but less healthy) would be a streusel topping. It is enough like coffee cake to merit streusel, whether you serve it for breakfast or dessert! I think the 100% whole grain status of this recipe would more than even out a sugary topping.
I have to give credit to the adorable blog, Celebrating Sweets, for the basic inspiration for this recipe.
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk or other dairy-like substance
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- 3 cups frozen cherry/berry mix
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 2 ½ or 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
- Combine oats, baking powder and salt. Place half the oat mixture in baking dish, top with the berries, and then top with the remaining oat mixture.
- Whisk the eggs, almond milk, honey, applesauce, vanilla, and melted butter. Pour over the oats. Shake/stir gently to let the liquids settle into the solids.
- Bake, uncovered, for about 40 minutes, until oats are tender, and the mixture is set.
- Serve hot or cold, plain or with milk or ice cream or fruit compote or granola or....