Monday, January 18, 2016

Amazing Baked Oatmeal!

Hey y'all! This is Chef Tess again, ready to share another great recipe for food storage.

I love oatmeal.  It is a fantastic addition to food storage and wonderfully versatile for baking and cooking.  I've often taught How to cook oatmeal 101, along with some of my Top 10 Ways to Cook Oatmeal in several cooking and baking applications.  However, I have been working on this recipe for baked oatmeal for a while. 
Let's talk baked oatmeal.  I've been long on a search for the best baked oatmeal recipe.  I've tried a few that a bad way. They were glorified glue in a pan.  Disgusting! I wanted chewy, hearty, baked oatmeal that was fast and easy. I wanted something we could eat a few times a week and never get bored.  
I stopped looking for a few years.  
 Then  two years ago, a dear friend shared her recipe with me for baked oatmeal.  It was the most perfect baked oatmeal I'd ever had.  For the last couple of years, I've made her recipe again and again. Still perfect every single time.  So, now it gets a place of glory here on the blog. I've added my own touches and made it my own, but I think you'll be pleasantly in love with it from the first batch.  It's really quite perfect. Change out the berries for whatever you have on hand. Add crushed pineapple or shredded carrots in place of the fruit for a carrot cake baked oatmeal. It's incredibly versatile. 
This is it.
 Simple Baked Oatmeal 
  • 2 eggs (or 1/4 cup powdered egg plus 1/2 cup water)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups rolled oats or 6 grain rolled cereal (gluten-free oatmeal works)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Chef Tess Wise Woman of the East Spice blend
  • 1 cup fresh chopped cranberries, cherries or blueberries
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut (optional)
  • Brown sugar for topping
Directions: In a large bowl,beat eggs and brown sugar until they are thoroughly mixed.  Add coconut oil, milk and vanilla.                  

Add the remaining ingredients (except the additional brown sugar for topping). 
 Pour the oatmeal mixture into a greased 9 by 13 inch casserole pan.
 Sprinkle with brown sugar on top.
   Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes uncovered.
Do not over-bake.
There you go my darlings. Delicious, hearty and wholesome baked breakfast. 

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