Yesterday I told you about quiche, one of my cheap, healthy-ish eat-at-home breakfast favorites. Today, I’ll give you a recipe for my other one: baked oatmeal. The basic recipe comes from my mom, but I find it very adaptable to whatever fruits or nuts you may have lying around. I’ve used dried figs, raisins, cherries, and apricots. There are infinite more possibilities. I’m partial to almonds over other nuts, but walnuts would be my recommended default. You might also try adding extracts like almond or vanilla. Just a touch. Or some spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.
That’s what it looks like before baking. (The shmutz on the dish is a little canola oil spray.) I used homemade applesauce from Mary, who was one of my foodie penpals late last year. And I have to say, this was the best baked oatmeal I ever made!
Update: When this baked oatmeal ran out, I made another with cherries, chocolate chips, walnuts, and a sprinkling of chia seeds. The chocolate was an excellent addition, which might be the least controversial thing I’ve said ever.
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/4 cup applesauce
Preheat oven to 375. Mix all the ingredients together and put them in a lightly buttered or oiled pyrex or ramekin. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. That’s it! So easy.