Individual Power Oatmeal Breakfast

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Books:  Book Club is reading “The Silver Star” by Jeanette Walls.  It may sound familiar because she wrote the book club classic “The Glass Castle”.  Great story so far about two girls in a not so great situation with their mom and they find a new path to take.

For non-fiction, I have The Doritos Effect by Mark Schatzker which talks about how our food doesn’t taste the same as it did 80 years ago.  I also have “Thresholds” by Sherre Hirsch – one of the very few female rabbis in the United States.   She discusses using those moments that make us fearful – at the threshold where change happens – to turn them around and thrive.

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Recipe:  This is my go-to recipe on exercise days.  Lots of carbs, protein and vitamins.  More importantly, it keeps me full until lunch time.  You can make them ahead in the fridge and pop it into the oven that morning while you shower.  Or, bake it the morning before and just heat it up in the microwave for breakfast.

You can mix up the fruit however you like!  We love fresh blueberries when they are in season, peaches from the freezer or even bananas any time of year.  Cinnamon can be swapped out for lemon powder or orange zest to compliment the strawberries or blueberries.  I find it so comforting to have a warm bowl of oatmeal on a chilly morning!

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This recipe is an adaption of the baked oatmeal we have been eating about 4-5 times per month each month.  I could make my own breakfast while the kids slept.  For the full recipe, I normally double our baked blueberry oatmeal and eat it throughout the week.

 

Individual Power Oatmeal Breakfast
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup blueberries or fruit of your choice, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tb brown sugar (or more)
  • ⅛ cup chopped walnuts, pecans, etc. (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a small 2 cup ceramic baking dish (or Corningware) with cooking spray. Sprinkle half the blueberries on the bottom.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the dry stuff: oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add to the same bowl the wet stuff: milk, egg and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour into the baking dish. Top with remaining blueberries and nuts if desired.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The center should be set and not jiggly. Sprinkle with brown sugar on top.

 

Chocolate Fudge Granola Bars

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Book: Still reading “When to Rob a Bank” and having to explain each time that I’m not really going to rob a bank!  And the one small chapter about robbing banks basically is that there is no good day to rob a bank (duh) and that there is a way to do it.  But most of us who have worked for a bank know the answer – and so do our superiors.  That’s why 2 week vacations are mandatory and cannot be split into 2 – 1 week vacations.  If you want the answer, you’ll have to read the book 🙂

Recipe:  I love a good homemade granola bar.  We still make and love these trail mix bars from a few years ago.  Although it is hard to beat some of the Costco deals on granola bars… even the KIND bars are still $1 each.  So, here is a yummy alternative to have granola bars at your fingertips!!

Why I loved this recipe:

1.  It is so simple – kids can make it!  They can measure and add the ingredients to the bowl.
2.  No baking required.
3.  I know all the ingredients going in
4.  We can change the ingredients to our tastes

Different ways to change these up:

1.  substitute another nut butter or soy butter for peanut butter
2.  Use any dried fruit you like: dried cranberries, dried pineapple, chopped dried apricots, etc.
3.  Use nuts instead of raisins
3.  Use dark chocolate or milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet

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Chocolate Fudge Granola Bars
 
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Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup (3 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 and ¼ cups old fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup rice crisp cereal (Crisp Rice by Trader Joe's, Kellogg's Rice Krispies)
  • ¾ cup raisins (or craisins, nuts, seeds, dried pineapple, etc.)
  • 1 Tb. mini chocolate chips or marshmallow bits
Instructions
  1. Lay parchment, non-stick foil or wax paper into a 8x8", 9x9", 7x11" or equivalent size pan. It should hang off the sides for easy removal later.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, microwave the coconut oil and chocolate chips in 30 second intervals. Stir each 30 seconds. After 60-90 seconds, the chocolate should be melted or almost melted. Keep stirring and it will all melt together.
  3. Add the peanut butter and stir until smooth. If it will not melt together, put it back in the microwave for 15 seconds.
  4. Add the oats, cereal and raisins (or mix ins). Fold the mixture together with a spatula. Try not to crush the cereal.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pan . Use the back of the spatula to gently press the bars into the pan. Pop in the fridge for 2 hours to firm up. Lift them out of the pan, cut and eat! Keep covered in the fridge for longer term storage.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

 

Rocky Mountain Cookies

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My friend and I were just talking about the 10 pages of yapping you have to go through on food blogs to get to the recipe you want.  So this yapping is cut short today.  🙂

 

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This cookie has been brought to you today by the letter “C” and the number “4 dozen”.

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Several of my friends have made these cookies as well as I have and they have been a hit.

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Here is the recipe and a few substitutions you can make!  They are like yummy chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with crisp rice cereal mixed in for a different texture.  Lots of thumbs up.

Rocky Mountain Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature (or ½ cup butter and ½ cup shortening)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a great big mixing bowl, cream the sugars and butter together on low and then medium speed. Cream about 1-2 minutes or until lighter in color and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is mixed in.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the dry stuff: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture slowly over low speed. Mix until not quite combined.
  4. Stir in the oats, rice cereal and chocolate chips. After stirring those in, everything should be combined.
  5. Cover the bowl and put in the fridge for 2-24 hours. (**Technically, yes you can go ahead and bake the cookies at this point. I have found over 10 years of baking cookies that they turn out fluffier and less spread out if the dough is cold from the fridge or freezer.)
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Space cookies out 1 Tb. at a time about 2" apart. Bake 8-10 minutes. The edges will be golden brown and the middle is set. Cool over cooling racks.
Notes
Recipe from "The Essential Mormon Cookbook"

 

Oatmeal Pancakes

 

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Exercise:  I keep forgetting to add an exercise update!  Here is Abs on Fire – a routine that does rounds of abs and rounds of cardio for 30 minutes.  Like everything on there, it is totally free and they don’t sell you anything.  Just preach real food and good exercise routines 🙂

Food:

Kid #1 used to eat oatmeal with me EVERY morning.  It was part of our daily routine for the most part.  I forget when it happened, but now he hates oatmeal.  He doesn’t like the taste, texture or anything.  So… being sneaky I made these pancakes made almost entirely out of the same old fashioned oats you get at the store.  Costco carries them 10 pounds for $7.99!  That’s 7 cents per serving!

Now, if you need *gluten free* oats, do not get Quaker Oats because they are not certified gluten free – or have not yet.  Trader Joe’s does carry certified gluten free old-fashioned oats.

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Everyone loved these and didn’t even realize they were made with oats!

Recipe: To make your own oat flour, you can place about 2 and 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats into a blender or food processor.  Blend until it turns into flour.  This should yield about 2 cups of oat flour.

Oatmeal Pancakes
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • ¾ cup white whole wheat, whole wheat or oat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 cups buttermilk*
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 Tb. melted butter or applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a great big bowl, mix the dry stuff: flour(s), baking powder, baking soda, salt and optional cinnamon.
  2. In a not so great big bowl, mix the wet stuff: buttermilk, eggs, butter and vanilla.
  3. Add the wet stuff to the dry stuff. Stir until JUST combined. Leave the lumps.
  4. Allow to sit and absorb while the skillet or griddle heat up.
  5. Heat griddle to 350 degrees or skillet to medium heat. Add a little butter to the pan if it is not non-stick. Pour a ¼-1/2 cup batter. Cook until bubbles form (1-2 minutes). Flip. Cook another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Serve immediately.
  7. Uneaten pancakes can cool on wire racks and then be frozen in freezer bags. To eat in the morning, microwave for 1 minute, flipping halfway.
Notes
*To make 2 cups of buttermilk, place 2 Tb. of lemon juice in a measuring cup. Then, fill with milk until you reach the 2 cup line. You do not need to "let it sit" as some recipes suggest. The resulting product shows no difference.

 

Berry Baked Oatmeal

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Books:  I checked out some new slow cooker books along with “Little Women” (which I just realized is almost 500 pages long!  Oops, I have a week to finish!).

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The library presentation is at Corporate Parkway Library on May 5th here in Wentzville MO if anyone is interested.  It is how to “Make Your Favorite Foods Healthy” and part of the St. Charles Library Modern Parenting series.  See the website for more details – it is free as usual and we will make a recipe to take home and try!

Here is the link to sign up.  Go to Programs and Calendar of Events.  They do fill fast sometimes.

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Recipe:  Berry season is here in Missouri next month!  Woo hoo!!!!   Strawberries are my favorite food EVER.   Here is another version of the Baked Oatmeal that Juliana and I eat every other week when we have extra time in the morning.  Or, prep this in the evening and just pop it in the oven in the morning!  It will bake while you get ready for work and have a hot, delicious breakfast all ready to go.

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Feel free to change the berry though.  We just got a bunch of fresh raspberries at the produce stand for $1 a box and will substitute those next.  A friend posted on another blog post that she used raspberries and peaches.

**Update** I have substituted almond milk for cow’s milk in several baked oatmeal recipes and it works!  I used use unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Berry Baked Oatmeal
 
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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • ¾ cup fresh strawberries, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups milk or almond milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup honey or real maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a 7x11 or 9x9 or 2 qt. casserole dish with baking spray.
  3. Sprinkle half the berries on the bottom of the dish.
  4. In a great big bowl, mix the dry stuff: oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add the wet stuff to the dry stuff: milk, eggs, honey and vanilla. Stir until mixed well.
  6. Dump the oatmeal mixture into the pan over the berries.
  7. Sprinkle the rest of the berries on top of the oatmeal. Sprinkle the nuts and brown sugar on top.
  8. Pop in the oven for about 30-35 minutes. The middle shouldn't jiggle once removed from the oven when you shake the pan.
  9. Serve warm with more brown sugar, maple syrup, warm milk or plain.

 

Green Oats Smoothie

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Book:  I hope everyone had a fabulous Valentine’s Day!!!  I forgot to post the sugar cookies I made for the Super Bowl last week, so here they are!

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I found a science project book at the library – it was published in 2000 that states that the public is now moving towards margarine and away from butter because it is more “heart healthy”.  And then goes on about the experiment.  Ha!  Too bad he didn’t do experiments on trans fats and cholesterol….

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Recipe:  I needed to use up my extra spinach and got really tired of salad.  This smoothie fit the bill.  Even Juliana drank it all 🙂

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You really taste the oats which to me isn’t a bad thing.  Certainly yummy and delicious, smoothie creamy and tastes like a bowl of cold banana oatmeal… in a good way.  Next time, I might try adding a little dash of cinnamon.

Green Oats Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk or almond milk
  • 1/2 banana (or frozen banana)
  • 1 handful spinach (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 Tb. ground flaxseed
  • 4-5 ice cubes (optional but I like it cold)

Instructions

  1. Blend it all up and drink! I blend everything but the ice first. Once the smoothie is smooth, I add the ice.
  2. Enjoy!
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Green Oats Smoothie
serves 1

3/4 cup milk or almond milk
1/2 banana (or frozen banana)
1 handful spinach (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1 Tb. ground flaxseed
4-5 ice cubes (optional but I like it cold)

Blend it all up and drink!  I blend everything but the ice first.  Once the smoothie is smooth, I add the ice.

Enjoy!

 

Stovetop Pumpkin Oatmeal

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Book:  Well, I checked a book out at the library today and that is as far as I’ve got!  I made Super Bowl cookies tonight and will post those later.

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By the way, here is me at Disney World as an extra in the Indiana Jones Spectacular.  Let me just say… it is more spectacular as an extra!

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Recipe:  As you may know, I have this obsession with pumpkin and oatmeal.  I also make creamy baked pumpkin oatmeal and pumpkin oatmeal ALL the time in the fall.  But sometimes, you just don’t have 45 minutes to prep and bake breakfast!  What if you only have 5 minutes and you want your pumpkin oatmeal NOW!  Well, here’s the recipe that solves that problem.  Instead of eggs, I used a ground flaxseed substitute.  The milk was exchanged for water and the brown sugar was placed only on top of the oatmeal.  Enjoy!

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Here’s a photo of my partner in recipe development right now.  We both LOVE this stuff.

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Stovetop Pumpkin Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 Tb. ground flax seed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4-1/2 cup pumpkin puree (depending on how "pumpkin-y" you want it)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (or up to 1/2 tsp. if you like cinnamon a lot)
  • dash of ground ginger, nutmegs, cloves and allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, add the oats, ground flax seed, water, pumpkin and spices. Cook on medium high until boiling. Bring down the heat to medium and continue to simmer another 5 minutes. You may need to add additional water.
  2. Take pot off of the heat and stir in vanilla. Divide the oatmeal between two bowls and sprinkle brown sugar on top.
  3. Eat warm and enjoy!
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Stovetop Pumpkin Oatmeal
serves 2

1 cup old-fashioned oats
2 Tb. ground flax seed
2 cups water
1/4-1/2 cup pumpkin puree (depending on how “pumpkin-y” you want it)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon (or up to 1/2 tsp. if you like cinnamon a lot)
dash of ground ginger, nutmegs, cloves and allspice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar

In a medium pot, add the oats, ground flax seed, water, pumpkin and spices.  Cook on medium high until boiling.  Bring down the heat to medium and continue to simmer another 5 minutes.  You may need to add additional water.
Take pot off of the heat and stir in vanilla.  Divide the oatmeal between two bowls and sprinkle brown sugar on top.
Eat warm and enjoy!

Totally off topic….

Below is what I think of my tax bill this year!!  Grrr!

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Baked Cranberry Oatmeal

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We won!  Our table at the Women’s Christmas Dinner won for best decorating!

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Tammy and I took it down before photos, but I promise to recreate the fun Christmas tree napkins and centerpiece.

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Recipe:  I love my baked oatmeals!  I love pumpkin oatmeal, and blueberry oatmeal and peach oatmeal and simple oatmeal!  And now we have one for winter!  🙂  The oranges are sooooo good this time of year and cranberries are everywhere.  You can just use the ones you frozen before Thanksgiving or use fresh ones.  This would make a great make-ahead breakfast, a breakfast for Christmas morning that is healthy, a helpful freezer meal for a friend (freeze after baking), or simply enjoy for dessert with a little warm milk.

Juliana and I devoured this in just a couple of days!

**If you find the oatmeal recipes too bland, simply add some brown sugar on top.  It all depends on how sweet you want your oatmeal to be.

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Baked Cranberry Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • Baked Cranberry Oatmeal
  • 4-6 servings
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen and CHOPPED
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 orange, zested (about 1/2 a large orange or 1 small to medium orange)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees or convection oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9x9" pan or a 1.5 qt. casserole dish.
  3. Sprinkle half the cranberries on the bottom of the dish.
  4. In a great big bowl, mix the dry stuff: oats, cinnamon, orange zest, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add the wet stuff: milk, eggs, half the brown sugar and vanilla.
  6. Stir in the rest of the cranberries and reserve a few for the top if you like. Stir in the nuts if using those. Now sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on top.
  7. Put in the fridge to bake in the morning, OR put it into the oven for 35 minutes and the middle is set and not jiggly.
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Baked Cranberry Oatmeal
4-6 servings

1 and 1/2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen and CHOPPED
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 orange, zested (about 1/2 a large orange or 1 small to medium orange)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup brown sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees or convection oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Spray a 9×9″ pan or a 1.5 qt. casserole dish.
3.  Sprinkle half the cranberries on the bottom of the dish.
4.  In a great big bowl, mix the dry stuff:  oats, cinnamon, orange zest, baking powder and salt.
5.  Add the wet stuff:  milk, eggs, half the brown sugar and vanilla.
6.  Stir in the rest of the cranberries and reserve a few for the top if you like.  Stir in the nuts if using those.  Now sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on top.
7.  Put in the fridge to bake in the morning, OR put it into the oven for 35 minutes and the middle is set and not jiggly.

 

Creamy Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

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I was too lazy to look up the recipe for my pumpkin oatmeal last week.  The oats were reduced and the milk increased… and tastes BETTER than the original.  Same flavor profile, but creamier!  A healthy, wholesome fall breakfast – and remember you bake it and freeze it.  Or, you can mix it all together and stash it in the fridge until morning.  When you wake up, just bake!

Creamy Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • Creamy Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
  • serves 6
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 Tb. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt or scant tsp of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 dashes of nutmeg, ground allspice and ground ginger
  • 1 dash ground cloves
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 Tb. applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • Additional: 1/8 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8x8, 9x9 or 2 qt. ceramic oven-safe dish with cooking spray or baking spray.
  2. In a great big bow, mix the dry stuff: oats, baking powder, spices and salt. Whisk together.
  3. Add the wet stuff: milk, applesauce, eggs and pumpkin. Whisk together.
  4. Pour mixture into the pan. Top mixture with additional brown sugar and bake for about 30 minutes. The middle shouldn't jiggle and be set. Cool. Serve with warm milk, more brown sugar, pancake syrup or all by itself. Tastes the best warm from the oven.
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Creamy Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
serves 6

2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 Tb. brown sugar
2 tsp.  baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt or scant tsp of kosher salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 dashes of nutmeg, ground allspice and ground ginger
1 dash ground cloves
1 and 1/2 cups milk
2 Tb. applesauce
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
Additional: 1/8 cup brown sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 8×8, 9×9 or 2 qt. ceramic oven-safe dish with cooking spray or baking spray.
2.  In a great big bow,  mix the dry stuff:  oats, baking powder, spices and salt.  Whisk together.
3.  Add the wet stuff: milk, applesauce, eggs and pumpkin.  Whisk together.
4.  Pour mixture into the pan.  Top mixture with additional brown sugar and bake for about 30 minutes.  The middle shouldn’t jiggle and be set.  Cool for 5 minutes and serve with warm milk, more brown sugar, pancake syrup or all by itself.  Tastes the best warm from the oven.

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