Post and recipe updated: 5.26.14
The temperature has turned to cold. Family and friends are gathered in droves. Thanksgiving is in a couple of days and you’re probably wondering what to serve all those people for breakfast. First thing that comes to everyone’s mind—breakfast casserole. Over done. High in calories (save those precious numbers for your turkey dinner). Heavy on the stomach. Try something new this year—Baked Oatmeal. If you have to, think of it as Oatmeal Casserole. Original. Low in calories. Light on the stomach. Best of all, it feeds lots of people!
This recipe is really easy. But, if you’re crazy like me, you’ll find a way to make it harder by making homemade applesauce—a key ingredient to the recipe. The great thing about doing it this way is that you end up with 2 great things instead of one. Just saying.
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- 2 c. old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 c. brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1/4 c. chopped nuts and or seeds
- 1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. flaky kosher salt
- 1 1/2 c. milk
- 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large egg
- 1 c. fresh fruit (or 1/2 c. dried)
- Preheat oven to 375°. Melt butter in a medium sized bowl, and set aside to cool to room temperature.
- Combine oats, brown sugar, nuts/seeds, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Into the cooled butter, whisk together milk, applesauce, and egg.
- Add milk mixture to oat mixture and stir well. Stir in fruit.
- Pour mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish and bake for 20 min.
- Serve warm.