Baked Oatmeal - Breakfast or Dessert?
During each season our bodies require different kinds of foods to stay balanced. Eating warm, grounding and well cooked food during the fall and winter is the best choice to support our physical and mental well-being. Our goal for optimal wellness is to balance the cold and dry aspects of these seasons with warm and moist foods (and other choices such as daily self massage with oil).
Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite fall and winter breakfasts. Especially on weekends when I have a little more time to prepare something. Baked oatmeal will keep for a few days in the fridge so you can pull it out on a busy morning and heat it up for a warm breakfast. You can use any fruit you want (dried or fresh) and also add a handful of chopped nuts if you like. I eat mine with a dollop of yogurt on the side (Cabot's greek style lowfat vanilla bean is my favorite).
2 cups uncooked oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup dried fruit (prunes, raisins, cranberries)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk or coconut milk
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 large egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 375°. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Combine the milk, applesauce, butter, and egg. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Pour oat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Serve warm or refrigerate for later snacking. Enjoy!