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I hate oatmeal. Or should I say hateD oatmeal. I never understood it. For some reason this flavorless, disgusting textured food was supposed to be one of the best things to eat for breakfast and lose weight. Why is it that things that are supposed to help you lose and maintain weight are always so disgusting? Why can’t it be something like apple pie? I would eat apple pie every morning, willingly, if it was thought to have some special powers of helping losing and maintaining weight–shocker, right?!
So, life is busy in the Amanda and Mr. Amanda house. Mr. Amanda is busy with work, and I’m busy with school and a little part time work. Since we are so busy, we want to be sure we are eating healthy and DELICIOUS meals so we stick to this healthy lifestyle even when time is limited. Since oatmeal is supposedly so great for you, I decided I needed to give it a try. Somehow in the process of searching for ideas on “how to make oatmeal delicious for a non-oatmeal lover” (yes, that is what I typed into Google…laugh all you want!), I came across someone mention BAKED oatmeal. I was intrigued.
A week later, after another horrible try at oatmeal in the morning, I remembered the baked oatmeal idea again. So, I searched, and searched, and searched for recipes for baked oatmeal and found something that sounded delicious and nutritious. Based on what I saw in other recipes, I came up with my own. The result? An amazingly delicious, nutritious, and filling breakfast that Mr. Amanda and I both love!
I have found that baked oatmeal is an uber versatile recipe. Add fruit, nuts, spices, different liquid, etc, and it will still turn out great!
Give this lovely dish a try, and even if you are an oatmeal hater like me, I think you will really enjoy this!
A Taste of Comfort–Sweet Baked Oatmeal
1/4 c applesauce
1/2 c Egg Beaters
1 c Splenda
1 1/2 c skim milk
3 c Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 banana, diced
1/4 c SF maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
drizzle of honey
a good pour (maybe 1-2 Tb) Spray Butter
Cinnamon (to your taste…I add quite a bit, as a love cinnamon)
You can do this one of two ways….#1 Mix together at night, bake in the morning ….or #2 mix in the morning and bake at night so it’s ready to eat the next morning (heated up). The important part is that the mixture sets in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours after mixing and before baking. So, do it whenever your schedule allows and it will be great either way!
And here’s what you do…once again, really difficult :-) Mix all of the ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
After the 6-8 hours are up, remove from the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 350.
Grease a glass baking dish (I use an 8×8 square) on the bottom and sides!
Pour the mixture into the greased baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour. Most recipes I’ve seen call for only 30-40 minutes in the oven, but I’ve found that with the additional fruit and lack of oil, it takes longer for the center to thoroughly cook and set. Since my oven isn’t the best, check your oven beginning at the 40-45 minute mark, but it will mostly likely still take around 1 hour to bake in an 8×8 baking dish.
In our house, I make this on Sunday, and we eat on it for breakfast throughout the week. It stays fabulously in the refrigerator, and with a bit in the microwave and a drizzle of honey it is an AMAZING breakfast!
EAT UP & ENJOY!!!
WeightWatchers PP Value:
Servings: 9 or 12
Per serving: 1/9 or 1/12 of dish
9 servings: 4 PP
12 servings: 3 PP