There is a principle in psychology that says the more you work for, anticipate, or wait for something, the better you will enjoy it in the end, right?
Let me tell you something about me. I always have a draft open in my email where I keep track of what groceries we need, and then below that, the days of the upcoming week and a list of which recipes I want to make on which day. It’s a great organizational tool for me and way more flexible than pen and paper because I’m constantly deleting or rearranging my plans as we go through the week to correspond with whatever is happening in our lives.
I’ve been wanting to try baked oatmeal for so long it’s ridiculous. I’d say it’s been on my scheduled weekly food plan for about 2 months now and for all sorts of reasons I keep bumping it down to a later date. Things like: Justin keeps eating all of the apples before I get a chance to make it, or midterms have been attacking me and I can’t get up early enough for a cooked breakfast, or I’m all set to make it and then Justin feels like pancakes. No big deal, but after seeing it on my food planner for the 8th odd week in a row, I felt like enough was enough! I must make this recipe.
And I’m SO glad I did. This was amazing. Hot cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, baked apples… it’s every bit as good as a dessert and way better than microwaved quick oats in my opinion. Justin loved it and even he (a regular consumer of microwaved oatmeal) said that it was well worth the oven wait. I’m going to be making this again, soon. I guess that means it’s going on the planner.
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Yield: 6 servings
- 4 cups skim milk
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar (you really could get away with less though)
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 medium apples (I used Fuji), plus slices for garnish
- 2/3 cup raisins, plus more for garnish
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, brown sugar, butter, salt, and cinnamon, stirring occasionally until the butter is melted and the mixture is well combined.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir until mixed.
Lightly spray a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray and pour the oatmeal inside. Cover and bake, about 50 minutes.
Top with fresh apple slices and raisins.
Adapted from The Curvy Carrot.