Can you tell we like oatmeal around here?
A) It's cheap.
B) My kids all like it.
C) It's good for you.
D) It's cheap. (oh, wait, I said that. Well, it deserves to be counted twice.)
Recipe #2 - Baked Oatmeal
(with thanks to Jean over on the WTM boards)
In a large bowl, mix the following:
1/2 c. applesauce or vegetable oil
3/4 c. sweetener of your choice (we use brown sugar)
1 c. milk
1/2 t. salt
1 T. baking powder
3 c. regular oats
1/2 c. raisins or dried sweetened cranberries (omit if serving Hannah)
Mix in the order listed, wet ingredients first. Pour into a lightly greased pie pan.
Sprinkle with 1 T. brown sugar and some cinnamon. Refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, bake in a preheated 350 degrees oven until firm, about 30 minutes. Serve hot.
Makes yummy leftovers, too! This is our absolute favorite Sunday morning breakfast. We double it for our family, and it's even good when you make it and bake it the same day, without the overnight soak.
*****IMPORTANT WARNING!!!! Do not, repeat, do NOT neglect to sprinkle on the topping the night before. There is a good chance that you will wake up bleary eyed, grab a spice that resembles cinnamon, sprinkle it on top, serve your children, and have them ask, "Mom, why does the oatmeal taste like chili?" You might never live it down. Not that I have any experience in this area. It's just a public service announcement. Really. *****************************