Baked Oatmeal (and a Free Giveaway!)
I didn’t stay up and usher the new year in. Hey, it’s going to be 2012 all year long, right? Besides, I preferred to get up at a decent hour and start the year right, with waffles and a smoothie. Then I took Chai for a little walk on his leash and then went for a longer walk by myself on the beach.
But speaking of breakfast items, I want to share the breakfast I had on Christmas morning– baked oatmeal. I am not much of a fan of regular oatmeal– it’s just so bland and gooey. But baked oatmeal is like eating a bowl of soft oatmeal cookie. This is the recipe from the summer camp I worked in the kitchen at when I was 18, but I experimented with reducing the sugar and oil to the bare minimum necessary to keep it delicious, which ended up being half what the original called for. It isn’t very sweet (despite still having a fair amount of sugar) so if you want it sweeter, I recommend topping it with some fresh or frozen fruit.
(makes about 6-8 servings)
1/2 cup sugar or evaporated cane juice
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup milk
3 cups quick-cooking oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 °F. In an 8″ x8″ pan, mix together sugar, oil, and eggs. Stir in milk. Stir in oats, baking powder, and salt. Bake 30 minutes.
This can easily be halved and baked in a loaf pan.
Serve with milk and fruit, if desired. Leftovers are good for refrigerating and reheating the following days for breakfast– fast and delicious!
And speaking of smoothies… I use a reusable stainless steel drinking straw whenever I drink one. And I have one to give away to a lucky reader! (It’ll be great if you’ve resolved to reduce your waste production this year! 😉 ) To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling me about either a) a New Year’s resolution you made or b) your favourite breakfast food(s). You can also get an additional entry by blogging about this giveaway (come back her and leave another comment telling me that you did.) The entry deadline is January 7th, 2012 and I’ll annouce the winner on the 8th. This contest is open to those with Canadian or U.S. mailing addresses only.
UPDATE: Contest is now closed.
Chai’s resolutions include not bothering me when I am sleeping and trying to figure a way to make me give him more treats.