Lastnight we had ever-versatile quiche for supper and G commented that he loved it so much, he’d like it for breakfast on his birthday… 11 months from now. C told me he wanted waffles and E requested our favourite oatmeal for her birthday in July. They say it as though I never make these things, even though I make them all — every week! :o)
This morning, E came down the stairs and asked me about the yummy smell. I told her that oatmeal was in the oven.
Her reply? “It’s my BIRTHDAY?”
We so enjoy this recipe here at Casa del Whacko. It’s healthy and filling and tasty. The kids ask for it more often than they get it (which is usually about once a week), so I might actually rotate this one in a bit more frequently. As local and seasonal fruits become more readily available over the next few months, it will be fun to change the recipe up a bit with fresh toppings.
I always keep jars of the dry mix in the pantry so I don’t have the ‘it’s too much work excuse’ when I know I really should be giving the family healthy, wholesome breakfasts. The jars are a huge sanity saver for me. I prepare them based on single batches, and just grab two for a double batch.
Recipe: Baked Oatmeal
In the jars:
2 cups large flake oats (not the quick cooking kind)
1 cup spelt (the flakes not the flour – or you can make this another cup of oats instead)
1/4 cup sugar (or less)
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1-2 tsp ground flax
When ready to make, combine wet ingredients in a bowl:
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (or plain will work too)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup oil (I’ve increased the applesauce a bit, and decreased the oil to about 1/8 cup without issue)
Mix in dry ingredients and pour into greased casserole dish. When making a single batch, I always use a 1.8L Corning dish with a lid and that works very well.
When time allows (and definitely if it’s someone’s birthday), I peel and dice 2 apples, toss with a few Tbsp of maple syrup and some cinnamon, and spread over top of the oat mixture.
Now here’s the beauty of this one: You have two options on when to prepare this. You can:
a) put it in the fridge overnight and pop it in the oven in the morning (45-50 mins. @ 350); or
b) mix it up in the morning and bake it then (about 40 mins. @ 350)
If it doesn’t have the baked apple on top, serve it up plain or with some other fresh fruit on top (strawberries and bananas are a fave).
Confession: I threw mine together this morning (I was working lastnight) and in the morning chaos, I forgot to add milk to the wet ingredients! Funny thing is, it didn’t really matter. It was a bit more cake-like than it is with the milk, but the kids loved it just the same. Best of all, C commented: “It tastes great AND you saved a bit more money!” Gotta love that!