Posted by: Rachael | February 10, 2011

baked cranberry almond oatmeal

is it just me or does 20 degree weather make you crave oatmeal all day long?

i’m usually the girl who has an apple and peanut butter for breakfast every morning. no i’m not OCD. i just happen to love apples and peanut butter THAT much.

so you know it’s pretty serious when i decide to switch out my breakfast of champions for a warm and filling bowl of oatmeal-y goodness. the only problem is, my ride to work [otherwise known as the capital district transportation authority] comes bright and early at 7:10am, and the last thing i feel like doing is standing over the stove stirring a pot of old fashioned oats when i could be sleeping. yes, i know you can get the quick cooking kind, but it’s just not the same thing people!

never fear – i found the perfect workday morning solution! baked oatmeal. made the night before and re-heated in the micro at work in less than a minute. how did i not discover this a million years ago?

this particular blend involved a combination of ingredients i happened to have on hand in my apartment, but it came out so good, i just had to share the end results with y’all!

this dish also happens to be super simple to make. and don’t worry – i still found a way to incorporate my nut butter addiction. here’s what you need to get this big bowl o’ baked oats started:

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2.5 cups almond milk (or 1.5 cups almond milk with 1 cup water if you want to stretch your dollar)
  • handful of whole cranberries or craisins
  • handful of mixed fruit (i used a raisin medley)
  • 5 tablespoons of almond butter

First, preheat your oven to 375°. Next, coat a baking dish or pan (8×8) with some non-stick cooking spray and add the oats and fruit. I added the cinnamon here when I made it, but I would actually wait and add it to the liquid mixture a little later on so it incorporates evenly.

once you’ve got those combined, crack the two eggs into a bowl and beat well. add the almond milk, spices, and almond butter and mix well until combined.

the almond butter doesn’t want to mix in with the liquid that well, but never fear, it will all work out in the end, i promise! after you’ve given it a good mix, pour the liquid mixture over the oats and stir to combine. i was able to work out most of the almond butter clumps during this step.

now comes the easy part! pop this guy in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes. when it comes out, quickly give it a little drizzle of agave or maple syrup for a sweet touch!

mmm nothing says comfort food quite like a bowl of oatmeal! i may or may not have snuck a big spoonful right when it came out of the oven nice and piping hot. hey, i had to make sure it was good right?

delicious! talk about hitting the craving on the head! i just packed myself a big jar full of these guys to take in to the office tomorrow. i’m willing to bet my coworkers will be jealous.

or maybe they’ll just wonder where my apple is.

don’t worry….i packed one for lunch =)


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