Recently, I took a trip on a plane. I love saying that–it is the first line of a Sinatra song I love. Anyway, on the plane, I sat next to a lovely couple who own a farm in Iowa. We spoke of many things, including the husband’s love for his wife because she makes him baked oatmeal. I saw the excitement in his eyes when he spoke of it. I had to try it! Once I arrived at my destination, which was the home of Child #3, I shared this story with her and she, too, makes baked oatmeal for her family. When she spoke of it, there was excitement in her children’s eyes. Okay, I REALLY have to try this. I am happy to say that I finally did. My daughter had tried several online recipes for baked oatmeal and found the one she liked the most. I thanked her for doing my research for me.
What I noticed first was the way the baking oatmeal perfumed the kitchen. It smelled so delicious, I knew I would love this dish even before tasting it. Then came the moment. I took my first bite and instantly knew this would be one of my favorite dishes from now on. You can taste every ingredient–the oatmal, brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, vanilla and fruit. But together, they were meant to be! The eggs made this a fluffier oatmeal than I was used to, and I found that I did not miss the half and half that I usually douse my oatmeal with.
When I returned home, I shared this with Grandchild #5. He liked it, too. He said it was different, in a good way, just like me. What a sweet grandson he is! I’d say it’s a winner! I think you will think so , too.
This is how it looks just before you bake it. I used frozen fruit and sliced the whole strawberries with kitchen shears, or you can leave them whole, if you prefer.
Serve it up and enjoy!
- 3 cups rolled oats
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup (1 stick) melted butter, cooled
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 package frozen berries (16 oz.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Grease an 8x8-inch baking dish.
- Mix oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.
- Beat in milk, butter, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract; . Spread mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread frozen fruit on top of oatmeal.
- Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 40 minutes. Serve warm.
Et cetera: Adapted from AllRecipes.com