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Mixed Berry Baked Oatmeal

I don’t like oatmeal for breakfast. I don’t know if it is a carryover from growing up in a hot place or if it’s a texture thing – i don’t really like grits or polenta either. Anyway, I do like oatmeal in crumbles, or cookies. I was intrigued by this recipe to for strawberry-rhubarb baked oatmeal. It sounded like a good breakfast alternative with lots of fruit.

I did make about half the recipe and used previously purchased frozen mixed berries. I gussied it up with a dash of cinnamon and vanilla extract as well. The flavor was good but mine took a about 20 minutes longer to cook. I think it was partially due to the larger size strawberries and blackberries.  This recipe is forgiving as well.  I made a mistake when adjusting the recipe and added the original amount of applesauce, but then reduced the vegetable oil.  Also, I had leftover cinnamon sugar and used that instead of the brown sugar for sprinkling.

Ingredients

cooking spray

2-2 1/2 cups frozen fruit

1 egg

1/8 cup applesauce

1/8 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup milk

1 1/2 cups quick oats

1/4 whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup brown sugar for sprinkling

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray pan with cooking spray

2.  Layer in frozen fruit

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3.  Mix all the other ingredients together except the brown sugar for sprinkling

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4.  Pour oatmeal mix on top of fruit and mix in fruit

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5.  Sprinkle with brown sugar

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6.  Bake for about 50 minutes, checking every 5-10 minutes starting at 30 minutes.  Toothpick inserted in center should come out clean

Results

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I served my serving with a dollop of greek yogurt.  The tanginess balanced out the sweetness of the fruit.  I liked it and would definitely make it again as a breakfast alternative.

Oatmeal Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins

I have been a little bit bored of my breakfast options, so I have started doing a little bit of baking.  I tend to like things that are less sweet, but are still flavorful.  While I don’t like to eat oatmeal for breakfast, I will bake it into cookies or muffins.  I also love cinnamon, so decided that oatmeal and cinnamon would be the basis for my muffins.  I found this oatmeal-cinnamon muffin recipe and decided that it would be a good place to start.  I read through the comments and made some adjustments based on the feedback.  I love the taste of nutmeg and cloves in combination with cinnamon so I added some of those spices as well.

Ingredients

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup milk

2 eggs, lightly meaten

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup applesauce

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.  In a large bowl, combine oats and milk; let stand 5 minutes

3.  Stir in eggs and applesauce

4.  Combine flour, brown sugar,  baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and baking soda

5.  Stir into oatmeal mixture just until moistened

6.  Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full

7.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until muffins test done

8. Cool in pan 10 minutes before moving to wire rack

Results

The batter tasted fantastic and seemed to have the perfect consistency.  I took the comments to heart about the muffins sticking, combined with what I know about baking and reduced the temperature from 400 to 350 degrees.  Given the reduction in temperature, I baked the first batch for about 30 minutes.  They came out golden brown, but stuck to the paper wrappers.  I then reduced the cooking time to 20 minutes and they were also golden brown but did not stick to the paper wrappers.  All that said, even with the addition of applesauce, nutmeg and cloves, I thought these muffins were a little bland.  My two daughters agreed with me.

I have some thoughts on how to kick up the flavor a notch or two so I’m definitely going to try that and I’ll post the results.

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