I've been wanting to try baked oatmeal for a while now. I've had different fruits I wanted to make use of but never had the energy. But decided today was the day although some of the ingredients were made before today.
A couple weeks ago I took the apples I bought at the orchard and made some into chunky applesauce and froze it. I didn't even peel the apples. I cut them up, filled the crockpot and let them cook. Once cool I put them in jars and froze.
Last night I saw a post about making homemade caramel sauce and I thought I'd give it a try. Only I didn't have sweetened condensed milk in my pantry so I made my own which is what I usually do since I don't keep it on hand.
So today ... finally ... I decided to make baked oatmeal for supper. I'm trying to think of new ways to get food into Lilyana. It's been a very frustrating battle. So I had seen this receipe a while back and knew I would go back to it when I finally did make the oatmeal. Then I realized the recipe required yogurt. I didn't have any in the house. I almost waited until Dan came home to send him to the store. Then I remembered the caramel sauce I made last night and hit upon caramel apple baked oatmeal. So my adaptation of the above recipe is as follows. This is what I did today ... next time will probably be different.
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup applesauce (I used the chunky applesauce I had made)
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce
- 1/2 cup nonfat milk
- 1/4 cup canola oil (I always use applesauce in place of oil in baked recipes)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups apples (in my case I used the chunky applesauce I had made)
- heavy cream, whipped or plain (I don't ever have this on hand, so I used more caramel sauce on the top of my portion)
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- In a second mixing bowl, whisk together the applesauce, caramel sauce, milk, oil (or more applesauce), vanilla, and eggs.
- Pour the wet ingredients onto the dry, and add the apples.
- Fold gently to combine.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until golden.
- Serve with cream, whipped or not (or more caramel sauce).