Can we talk breakfast for a minute? It’s my favorite. I could honestly, actually, live on nothing but breakfast foods all the long day every day forever. French toast. Pancakes. Cinnamon rolls. Eggs. All those lovely, glorious carbs and fatty things like bacon and…just…yum.
I promise you, of all the food rules out there, the only one I hold to steadfastly is not skipping breakfast. I’ve never skipped breakfast. I really can’t.
But I try to branch out a little and not eat all the carbs and all the sugars every morning. And I try not to feed the kids cereal every day, either. These kids have been known to go through four boxes of cereal in less than a week and cereal is expensive. If I’m going to blow my food budget, it’s going to be on something good, like my body weight in mint Oreo cookies. Not on cereal.
So we do oatmeal often, too. It’s cheaper than cereal. And better for you than cinnamon rolls and most pastries. And pretty darn yummy, too.
I like the baked oatmeal because you can make it up, and even bake it, the night before. Just add a little milk in the morning to keep it from drying out, and reheat for a few minutes before feeding it to the starving masses. It’s a great breakfast when you have guests or a lot of mouths to feed. No standing over a hot stove making individual pancakes or anything. Just mix everything in one bowl, bake it in the oven, and bam! Done. And you’d be surprised how excited people get when you make them a hot breakfast. It’s one of those little things that just makes anyone feel special.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1 apple, peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 c walnuts and/or raisins/dried cranberries/use your imagination
- sprinkle of salt
- 2 c milk
- 1 Tb vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine oats, brown sugar, apple, cinnamon, nuts and/or fruit, and salt in a bowl.
- Add milk and oil. Stir until mixed through.
- Pour into a greased 8x8 pan.
- Bake for 40 min or until oatmeal looks nicely browned on top and is set.
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