Baked Oatmeal with Apples and Raisins

Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 30 minutes

Serves:4 or makes 16 snack bars

By Cathy Fisher
Baked oatmeal is delicious for breakfast or as a snack bar when cooled. Baking oatmeal results in a spongy texture, much like bread pudding. It's easy to make and customize with your favorite fruit and spices.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 3/4 cups nondairy milk (plus more, for serving)
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375F. Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl.

Spread evenly into an 8x8-inch baking pan, and bake uncovered for 30 minutes until lightly browned.

To serve for breakfast, spoon into bowls with a little nondairy milk. To serve as snack bars, allow to cool completely before cutting into 16 squares.

Notes: Instead of apple, try a banana, a pear, or a cup of pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, and/or blueberries.

To further sweeten this dish, place 2 ounces of pitted and quartered dates (about 3 Medjool or 6 Deglet Noor) into a blender with the nondairy milk, and let stand at least 15 minutes (so the dates can soften). Blend the dates and milk before adding to the remaining ingredients.

A favorite variation of mine is to blend in the following with the nondairy milk: 1 1/2 cups of sliced strawberries, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom, and 2 ounces of pitted and quartered dates (about 3 Medjool or 6 Deglet Noor) instead of the apple, raisins and nutmeg.