Thursday, October 13, 2011

Apple-oius Creamy Dreamy Baked Oatmeal

My hubby grew up eating baked oatmeal.  I had never heard of it until after we were married.  And we would make from time to time.  But with now my oldest girl in school this makes for a great breakfast.  It is full of fruit, protein, and good grains. This also easy to make reduced sugar or even completely sugar free with sugar subs.

3 eggs
½ tsp Kosher salt
2.5 tsp Apple pie seasoning mix
½ cup of packed brown sugar- you can use a brown sugar sub for this- if Splenda Brown Sugar it will be ½ cup
¼ of a block of reduce fat cream cheese
3 cups of diced baking apples- I leave the skin on- use whatever is in season
½ a cup of chunky apple sauce- no sugar added if you can get it
¼ cup of diced craisens
2 cups of water
2 cups of skim milk
2.5 cups of old fashioned rolled oats

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish or if you want this a little deeper a 10x 10 baking dish.

In a mixing bowl beat add the eggs with the salt, seasoning mix, and brown sugar and beat until creamed.  In a small bowl or cup soften the cream cheese.  Once the cream cheese is softened turn the mixer on and slowly drop by the spoon full the cream cheese- doing this step will prevent the cooking of the eggs in the mixture.

Now once that is mixed together pull the bowl out and do the rest by hand.  Add the diced apples and apple sauce.  Then add in the oats, water and milk.  This is a sloppy mixture at this point.  Pour into the baking dish and bake for 40 to 50 mins.  The middle shouldn’t wiggle.

Now I do this the night before and then in the morning I pull it out of the fridge and cut out slices like it is a cake.  Then when I go to warm it up I put just a little milk in the bowl with a bit of sugar free maple syrup on top and heat it up.

-Now I know many of you love pumpkin so in place of the apple sauce you can add pumpkin puree to it.  This is not pumpkin pie puree mix but PURE pumpkin.  And if you do that switch out the apple pie seasoning mix to pumpkin pie seasoning mix.

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