Tasty Tuesday: Baked Oatmeal (with chocolate chips)
I always thought I didn’t like baked oatmeal. I mean I knew it was supposed to be a healthy, cheap food but somehow it just always seemed mushy and unappetizing. That is until a couple of weeks ago when I tasted this recipe at the brunch my mom’s group had. I had actually passed it by, but one of the ladies sitting at my table kept mentioning how good it was and so I went and got some to try for myself. And it was good! So good in fact that I had seconds and then tracked down the recipe too! o
I think what makes it a winner for me is the fact that it doesn’t just use all regular oatmeal but instead it adds in rolled oats too which gives it a great texture. That and the fact that it has chocolate chips. Oh yum! What isn’t better with a few chocolate chips? Of course if you disagree, you can always leave them out. But I’d recommend not doing that. I’m pretty sure you’ll wish you hadn’t. Anyway…on to the recipe.
1 1/2 c. quick cooking oats
1 1/2 c. rolled oats
1 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
1/2 c. butter melted
2 eggs, beaten
1/4-1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Spoon into a greased 9″ in. baking dish (or any similar sized baking dish). Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is set. Yield: 6-8 servings
OTHER NOTES: You can use 3 c. quick cooking oats instead of half quick cooking, half rolled oats. Feel free to try other add-ins such as apples, blueberries or bananas. Some people like to eat baked oatmeal without any add-ins and then top it with fruit. I also know people that love eating it with milk dumped over it. Obviously it’s quite versatile! Oh, and supposedly baked oatmeal freezes really well. You can either freeze it unbaked, thaw it in the fridge and then bake it or you can bake it, freeze it and then just reheat it. This works really well if you put it in individual portions to freeze.