Breakfast has never been a more important meal than on a cold winter's morning. A good hearty breakfast can wake and warm you up while getting you prepped for the day ahead. One of my family's favorite breakfast recipes is baked oatmeal. It's a favorite partially because it is warm, easily reheatable, and easy to make, but also because it easy to customize with different flavors and ingredients. Even in its most basic form, baked oatmeal is a breakfast treat that will give you a warm start to a cold winter's day.
3 cups Quaker's Quick Oats
3/4 cup sugar, white or brown
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
1 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees °F. Combine quick oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in one bowl. In a separate bowl, combine oil, milk, and beaten eggs together. Mix bowls together and stir until blended. Pour into greased 9-by-9 in. baking pan. place on middle oven rack.
Bake for 35-40 mins. Let it cool for 5-10 mins. Serve in bowl with milk and cinnamon sugar.
There are many ways you can alter this standard recipe to suit your tastes. You could add a 1/2 cup of raisins, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or other dried fruits to give it added flavor. You could also add a 1/2 cup of whole oats if you want it to be heartier. Feel free to customize after it's out of the oven too. You can serve it with fresh fruit, yogurt, or extra nuts added to your liking. Baked oatmeal is the blank slate upon which you can create your favorite breakfast combination. All you have to do is try it out.