I changed up my baked oatmeal recipe for autumn and thought I’d share. Great for breakfast, brunch or dessert.
Autumn Baked Oatmeal
(Vegan substituions below)
3 cups regular oatmeal
1 lg peeled, cored, seeded and slice apple (optional – I didn’t have any this time)
4 oz butter
3/4 c your favorite honey (mine was Oregon Blackberry honey) J (1/2 cup gets mixed in—I’ll leave it up to you how much you drizzle on top)
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or whatever autumnal spices you have on hand: nutmeg, cinnamon, etc)
12 oz almond milk (or whatever kind of milk you prefer)
¾ cup of raisins
½ c pecans (halves or chopped) (you can use any nut you want, or none at all, and more if you like than the amount I’ve indicated. Pecans just seem autumnal to me.)
Preheat oven to 375°. Place one of your oven racks in the top 1/3 of your oven.
Using a square baking pan (I prefer glass), melt 1 oz of butter in the bottom of it by sticking it in the microwave , or melt all four ounces at once in a bowl or glass measuring cup, and spread about ¼ of it in the bottom of your baking pan. If you’re using the apple, layer the apple across the bottom of the pan.
In a small mixing bowl, stir together (I find a fork actually works best) oatmeal, half of the raisins, spice, baking soda and salt, and layer it evenly over the bottom of your pan (or on top of the apples, if you’re using one).
In the same bowl (that you just emptied), pour the milk, and add ½ cup of the honey (melted if it’s not already liquid), the egg, and 1 ½ tsp of your butter and whisk it together.
Pour this mixture evenly over the oatmeal mixture, tamping it down by tapping the pan on the counter top two or three times. (If you feel it’s too liquidy, you can stir it together, but that works better if there are no apples).
Sprinkle the rest of the raisins on top, and then place or sprinkle your pecans on top. Pop it into the oven on that upper shelf, and bake for 35-45 minutes. While it’s cooling, drizzle the remaining honey and melted butter on top. Cut into squares and serve.
This is great for breakfast, brunch or dessert. For dessert, I usually whip up some whipping cream with cinnamon, nutmeg, or the pie spice.
Autumn Baked Oatmeal (Vegan substitutions)
Omit the egg
Use 14 oz of milk if you omit egg and honey
Use ¾ cup of sugar (1/2 mixed in, ½ on top), or you can use agave syrup very easily
Replace butter with coconut oil.