A Must Try! Baked Oatmeal Casserole

Morning!

How’s everyone’s week going?  Not to sound dramatic, but I sure am having quite the roller coaster of a week.  I’m all over the place and have definitely had a couple lot of breakdowns, but the quote I posted last night is helping me chug along.  When things feel out of control I just need to pause, take a deep breath, and remember that everything will be worth it in the end.

(Right?!?)

Yesterday I worked from home, which really was probably for the best so I didn’t hurt anyone at work with my mood.  And aside from baking a delicious breakfast I don’t think I moved out of my desk chair.  Like all day.  It was my off day from the gym, I probably injured my bladder from not getting up to go to the bathroom until the very last possible second, and I definitely didn’t drink enough water.

Yesterday me = bad healthy living model.

HOWEVER.

That delicious breakfast I just mentioned?

Delicious AND nutritious.  I stumbled upon the recipe on fANNEtastic food awhile ago, and I bookmarked it for when I felt like whipping up a fun breakfast.  Well, yesterday was that day.  I whipped it right up.  Whipped it good.  Whipped it real good.

You guys must try this.  I promise you won’t regret.

Baked Oatmeal Casserole

Serves 4

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit — I used raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts of your choice — I actually meant to use up the rest of my walnuts and FORGOT.  Shoot.
  • 2 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder

Wet Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups skim or low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 ripe banana, chopped (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry, stirring gently until mixed.
  5. Coat an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray; pour in batter.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.  Serve warm.

Don’t you want to just grab that fork and gobble that slice right up?  This literally tasted like dessert, but it was a healthy breakfast!

Added bonus:  Vanilla Oikos Greek yogurt on top, and a handful of blueberries!  I actually doubled the recipe (note when I doubled the recipe and used a 9×13 I needed to cook for a few minutes longer than the called for 20) and baked a big batch of it so I could share with my roomies and Tim (you’re welcome!) and enjoy for the next couple of days.  I’m thinking it doesn’t really stand a chance at lasting very long though!

This kept me full for hours, so lunchtime yesterday wasn’t until 2.  I enjoyed some of the cucumber and black-eyed pea salad I put together on Monday to have on hand for the week.

And then for dinner, I had MORE salad.  And then more oatmeal bake for dessert.  Is it weird to eat a repeat breakfast and lunch as your dinner/dessert combo?

Oh well.

Ever eat the same meal twice in one day? 

Off to shower off the Circuit Training class I just taught, get my butt to work, and then survive the day.  Week 4 of Wellcoaches class tonight!

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14 thoughts on “A Must Try! Baked Oatmeal Casserole

  1. yummy!! sorry you’re having a rough week! things will get better, just give yourself time to work through whatever is troubling you now!

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  2. Looks delicious! I would probably eat the whole thing in one day. I have eaten the same thing twice in one day before – moussaka and avgolemono soup ( of course, my favorite soup).

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  3. I don’t normally eat the same thing twice in a day, but I’ll get in ruts where I’ll eat the same breakfast for a week–mostly because I start to love it so much!

    I’ve been wanting to try a baked oatmeal for awhile–I should make one for my fam this weekend!

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