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Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

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DSC_0027There are only so many days I can have the standard oatmeal: raisins, brown sugar. I eventually start scouring the internet for other people who have discovered new and interesting ways to make their oats. There is no reason why we need to fall into this ideology that oatmeal can’t be awesome. Which it totally can. Why not mix the desire for a warm and steamy breakfast in the cold winter months, with your average, boring old oats?

Baked oatmeal is seriously satisfying, but just as healthy as having your oatmeal the regular way (only this way it gets golden and steamy and even better). A crisp, golden edge forms while it bakes, and the smell that will fill your house is insane. It doesn’t quite meet up to the freshly baked cookie smell, but yah know. It still smells pretty darn amazing.

DSC_0028The apples stayed the perfect texture as well. Still somewhat firm, and sweet (apples sometimes lose the flavor and turn to mush. We DO NOT want that), while the cranberry lends a tartness that pairs perfectly. Combined with a nice hot cup of tea (or coffee) and a relaxed morning in your jim-jams to savor each bite and take a mental trip away from the January frost, you can’t go wrong.

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Recipe from Jelly Toast
Serves 4-6 people

1 cup rolled oats
1/8 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1 cup almond milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 large apple, cubed
Brown sugar for topping
Honey for topping

1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Spray baking dish with PAM. You can use whatever size you want.
3. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, flax seeds, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together honey, milk, egg, and vanilla. Pour milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon, making sure all of the ingredients are evenly mixed. Fold in the cranberries and apples.
5. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar.
6. Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes, or until the oatmeal is golden brown.
*Serve with a generous amount of honey.
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