Give Your Mornings an Oatmeal Boost

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We sure love to start our day with a nice, steaming bowl of hot oats. Oats are as delicious as they are nutritious, and we love that they keep us feeling full and satisfied all morning. Now, we do enjoy regular old oats made on the stove or in the microwave, but we do crave something a little different from time-to-time. That’s where baked oatmeal comes in!

Baked oatmeal takes about 30 minutes to prepare, but it’s definitely worth the extra effort. The baked cereal tastes like a delicious oatmeal cookie. It certainly is a treat!

To start, pour 1/2 cup of organic rolled oats or organic steel-cut oats into a bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce or plain canned pumpkin and 1 tbsp. of organic crunchy peanut butter or organic crunchy almond butter. Add 1/4 cup of water, cow’s milk, almond milk or soy milk to the mixture. Sprinkle in 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract and 1 to 2 tsp. of light brown sugar or honey. Stir the oatmeal mixture to combine. Then, if desired, sprinkle in about 1 tbsp. of raisins, organic dark chocolate chips or the dried fruit of your choice.

Pour the oatmeal mixture into a 1-cup ramekin that has been greased with cooking spray and bake the oats at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve the baked oatmeal immediately, or store it in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to a month. It’s a great to make a large batch, then defrost one in the microwave for breakfast at the office or on the go!

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