Friday, January 27, 2017

Apple Spice Baked Oatmeal

I have returned!  It’s a new year, and I’ve decided to make a bit more time in my schedule to post on Frugal Girlmet again!  First I’ll bring over recipes I had posted for a ministry blog I was contributing to – Girlfriends Coffee Hour – that never made it over to FG.  Then back to the kitchen (and then the keyboard) for more new entries here.  Let’s jump back in with…

Apple Spice Baked Oatmeal!  

As usual, I read over several recipes, made a few changes, and came up with something to call my own.  This was easy to make, and serves 6-8 for a hearty breakfast.  You can also make it the night before and reheat portions in the microwave.  This is a great way to start your day.  Bon apetit, my friends, and God Bless!

Apple Spice Baked Oatmeal

   coconut oil or butter for greasing your baking dish
   2 apples, chopped (no need to peel)
   2 cups rolled oats
   1/2 cup brown sugar
   1 cup nuts, divided – Try walnuts or pecans.  I used whole almonds and let the kids crush them with my meat mallet!
   1/2 cup raisins
   1/2 teaspoon salt
   1 teaspoon baking powder
   1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
   1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
   2 eggs
   2 cups milk
   1 teaspoon vanilla extract
   1/2 stick butter, melted
   vanilla yogurt, to serve

1.    Preheat oven to 325*F.  Grease your baking dish – mine was an oval dish, but you can use a deep 8″ or 9″ Pyrex.
2.   Spread the chopped apples in the bottom of your dish.
3.   Mix together the oats, sugar, 1/2 cup nuts, raisins, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
4.   In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and vanilla.  Stir in the oat mixture, then stir in the melted butter.
5.   Pour the oat mixture over the apples and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of nuts.   Bake for about 45 minutes.  You want the oatmeal to be set and the top a bit golden and crusty.  Serve warm, with a big spoonful of vanilla yogurt on top.

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