Oatmeal is cool weather comfort food. Don’t you think? It’s warm and satisfying and hearty enough to keep you full for hours.
There are so many different ways to eat oatmeal. I love a good bowl of chewy steel-cut oatmeal, but sometimes I crave a bowl of oatmeal made with old-fashioned oats, sweetened with brown sugar or maple syrup. Instant oatmeal? Yuck! Although I admit I used to buy Quaker’s Dinosaur Egg oatmeal for my daughter. I’m not sure they still make it but it was fun to watch the dinosaur eggs “hatch” as you stirred the cooked oatmeal. Whoever came up with that idea was pretty creative.
This recipe for Baked Blueberry Apple Spice Oatmeal from The Dean Brothers’ Magazine was my first attempt at baked oatmeal and it came out very well. The only alteration I made to the recipe was to add some chopped pecans on top before I baked it. They turned out to be a welcome addition. You’ll want to be sure you dice the apple really small. I did mine fairly small and the apple still had some crunch to it. Any bigger and it would have tasted raw.
This recipe makes enough to last all week, or feed an army. It also heats up really well for at least 3 days. After that it starts to lose its appeal.
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Baked Blueberry Apple Pie Spice Oatmeal
- 5 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 large Granny Simth apple, peeled and diced
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries, rinsed and dried
- 1/3 cup pecan pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray. (If you don’t have a baking dish big enough, just use 2 smaller ones.)
- In a large bowl combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder, apple pie spice, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, combine milk, applesauce, melted butter, and eggs. Add to oatmeal mixture and stir just to combine. Carefully fold in apples and blueberries so that blueberries aren’t beat up too much.
- Spoon into prepared dish and cover (aluminum foil is fine). Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 20 to 30 more minutes, just until center has firmed up.
Yield: At least 10 servings