Mmmm... it's looking cold outside and the rain has finally come. I need to get outside to see the gorgeous trees before the rain washes them all away. As I sit here contemplating this idea, I feel the urge to write about a new breakfast oatmeal that I'm enjoying at this very moment.
This is just like eating a snacking cake (if you remember the 70s favourite), but it's a breakfast food, and who doesn't like eating cake for breakfast?! I got this recipe for Chai Spice Baked Oatmeal from Good Thymes and Good Food and made a few of my own adaptations (which have been added into the recipe).
We each ate a piece for 3 days straight (6 generous servings) and I never felt a hunger pang until lunch time. I think the high protein yogurt and egg helped a lot.
If you have kids that don't like oatmeal, I think they would like this, even you make a less spiced version. If you use yogurt instead of apple sauce, you might want to consider adding the sugar though.
I think you could come up with all sorts of variations for this recipe. I also made it with just cinnamon and sautéed apple slices, but so far I prefer the chai spices version because of the depth of its flavour.
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Chai Spiced Baked Oatmeal
Adapted from Good Thymes and Good Food: http://www.goodthymesandgoodfood.com
2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed (optional)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp freshly ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp black pepper
pinch ground clove
pinch of Kosher salt
1-1/2 cups milk (skim or 1%)
1/2 cup applesauce (or high protein 0% fat Greek yogurt)
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
Combine oats through black pepper in a large bowl and stir to combine.
In another bowl combine milk through egg and whisk together.
Add milk mixture to oat mixture and stir well. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 20-30 minutes, until set and top is lightly browned. Serve warm with milk and sugar or maple syrup.