Bake Oatmeal - Rolled Oats
Baked Oatmeal
Baked Oatmeal with home canned peaches, dried cranberries and walnuts.

My family has been eating baked oatmeal since the dawn of time, it seems. I remember being a little girl and waking up on a Saturday morning to the smell of cinnamon filling up the house as it baked. Fond memories to say the least. It was a tradition I raised my own kids with, and sharing with my grand kids too as they have come along. This is our traditional recipe that I grew up with, my father grew up with…  We have the tendency to make it less sweet.   You can make yours as sweet as you like. I am going to list what I actually used when I baked it this morning in another recipe section below. You can also add your choice of fruits, seeds or nuts.  I make a couple batches at a time and freeze them in individual servings.

To Freeze and use later:  

Wrap cooled slices in saran wrap, place in a zip lock freezer bag.  Make sure you date and label the bag.  I always write the reheat instructions on mine too.

Baked Oatmeal Squares, freezer ready!
Baked Oatmeal Squares, freezer ready!

Methods of reheating:

  1. Let it thaw and eat at room temperature.   This is great for kid’s lunch boxes.  I don’t know how I got so lucky, but my kids would pick this over cookies.  The frozen oatmeal square would keep their other foods cool while it defrosted in their lunch box.
  2. Microwave right out of the freezer until defrosted and as warm as you like.  I usually do it 30 seconds, check, 30 seconds more until it’s how I like it.
  3. Bake in 375 oven for about 10 mins.
Baked Oatmeal... Look at that cranberry! Can you believe it was once dried??
Baked Oatmeal… Look at that cranberry! Can you believe it was once dried??

And as promised, this is the recipe I made this morning.  I always have a lot of dried fruit in my pantry.  They work for everything, and if you need fresh or frozen, like cranberries for instance, dried reconstitutes nicely as shown in the picture here.  If a recipe calls for 1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit, you can add 1 cup of dried fruit to some liquid.  Dried cranberries with orange juice are a perfect combination.  I had a friend growing up, who’s mom made the best cherry pie from dried re-awakened cherries…  That is another post entirely.



Before I close, I should tell you there are various ways you can eat this.  You can eat it as is… You can pour milk over it, top with vanilla yogurt, add fresh fruit or maple syrup, or my favorite, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of maple syrup to 1 cup of vanilla yogurt and whipping it together for a nice topping.  The possibilities are really endless.

Bri K is a mom and grandmother, enjoying the next chapter of her life on the mission of leveling up after 50! Bri doesn't believe that once you hit a certain age or become a grandmother, your likes, hobbies, or lifestyle have to change. "You don't stop living because your kids grew up!"

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