This month for Secret Recipe Club I was assigned to the very fun blog Lemon Drops. Linda's blog has so many delicious and mouth watering treats, and a very good selection of gluten free treats, too! I actually had a really hard time choosing what I wanted to bake this month, and had a list of some 14 things I wanted to make. I almost let this month's challenge get away from me, not because I was being lazy, but because I was so indecisive about what I wanted to make! Finally I had my Mom help me choose while she was visiting, and when I went to show her the blog, we found a new post about this amazing baked oatmeal! Decision Made!
I have been curiously intrigued by all the baked oatmeal recipes I have seen floating around lately. I wasn't sure how it would compare to the creamy texture you get from cooking oatmeal on the stove. And while the texture is slightly different, we did enjoy it a lot! We all loved the baked apples, and the flavor from the maple syrup, cinnamon and brown sugar was amazing. Splash a little milk on top, and it was amazing! I doubled the recipe and we had enough for 7 helpings (which was good because some of us went back for seconds). If you haven't tried a baked oatmeal recipe yet, you should give this one a try! Plus you can store leftovers in the fridge and reheat them for breakfast during the week!
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal (Lemon Drops)
1 cup Old Fashioned Oatmeal (not the instant kind)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/8 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
1/8 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk
1 large egg
2 TBSP unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and diced into 1/2" pieces
1/2 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees.
Grease a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla.
Sprinkle the diced apples evenly into the bottom of the baking dish and scatter the raisins on top.
Evenly spoon the oatmeal mixture on top of the apples.
Slowly and evenly pour the milk mixture on top of the oats, so that all the oats are covered.
Bake 35-35 minutes, or until the oatmeal is neither soupy nor overly dried out.
Spoon into bowls and Enjoy!