I don’t really get into new years resolutions. I mean how often do they actually last longer than a period of two weeks? I do however believe in a balanced diet. One full of nutritious breakfasts, high protein, fiber packed lunches, a dinner my family can all agree on (that won’t clog our arteries immediately following) and some sort of dessert (key to a balanced diet :), even if it means two miniature candy bars). I just will never be one of those people that can give up sweets. Addicted? Maybe. Okay with that? Yes.
The great thing about this delicious Amish Baked Oatmeal is that it can fit in to nearly all of the above categories. It’s a nutritious breakfast full of fiber and a fair amount of protein (if you serve it up with more milk). It’s not high in fat, especially once divided out among 8 servings (sometime I want to try it with coconut oil versus butter, but oh butter how I love you!). This is an entree my whole family can agree on, and it’s just sweet enough that I can actually eat it and enjoy it (versus choking it down like some health foods you may find).
You are going to love this oatmeal! It is actually my new favorite way to make it! It’s such a unique type of oatmeal, with a texture and taste unlike any of the microwave versions you’ve tried. Finally and oatmeal that has some structure to it! It’s not just some baby food mush that slides off your spoon. This stuff holds it shape! We are going places people. Bonus, it’s super easy to make and if you’d like you can even prep it the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning.
Have you tried baked oatmeal yet? Well do it! You won’t regret it. You’ll love that you can make it on Sunday and rewarm it and enjoy it for breakfast for the next few days too (if you have a small family that is, if you don’t, sorry it will go in no time).
Amish Baked Oatmeal
Yield: About 8 servings
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1/4 cup butter , melted (I used salted)
- 3 cups rolled oats (quick oats works fine too)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8 by 8-inch baking dish, set aside.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together eggs. Add in brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla and salt and whisk until no lumps remain. Stir in milk and melted butter then mix in oats. Pour into prepared baking dish and spread evenly (at this point you can refrigerate overnight if desired or bake immediately). Bake in preheated oven 30 - 40 minutes until set.
Cut into squares and serve warm with fresh fruit, nuts, milk, a little cream or half and half, maple syrup or honey if desired.
Recipe source: adapted slightly from food.com