Baked Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

One of the things I have learned about myself as I learned to cook is cold, processed breakfast cereals don’t really do anything for me. I would eat a huge howl of cereal in the morning and three hours later I would be at the vending machine looking for something to satisfy me till lunch. Not healthy for my waist or my wallet. so I am always looking for new things to add to my breakfast routine.

This morning all I had in my pantry and fridge was an apple, milk and some oats. Yeah, I haven’t been grocery shopping in a while and the pickings are getting mighty slim. There had to be something I could do with these ingredients.

On a whim I googled baked oatmeal and began to search. Most of the recipes I found required ingredients I didn’t have so I kept on looking. I finally found a recipe I had all the ingredients for at Simply Recipes. I set it to baking while I did my bird and rodent chores and got ready for work. My apartment started to smell so good. When I finally sat down to eat it was kind of like eating a slice of pie for breakfast.

Baked Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

1 1/3 cup oats
1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries, optional
1 medium apple, chopped
2 TBS brown sugar
1 TBS butter, melted, optional
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp kosher salt
2 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 2 quart baking dish, combine the oats, raisins, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix well. Pour milk over the oats, don’t stir. Bake 20-30 minutes or until the milk is absorbed.