Baked Oatmeal Recipe Backstory
Several years ago, I attended a blogging conference and one of the sponsors was Musselsman's. Their apple butter was included in some of the food we ate. I found out that it went great on crostini, paired with blue cheese and it was wonderful in baked beans or in a savory barbecue sauce. I really loved it on the Belgian waffles for breakfast they served us.
When I came home with a jar of apple butter, my husband's eyes lit up. He said "I love that stuff. It reminds me of college where we used to eat it all the time."
Even after 18 years, you learn something new about your spouse everyday.
Hmmnnn, apple butter? Could this single ingredient get me some extra kisses, flowers or even a piece of jewelry? Could I win the husband over with a jar of apple butter? Yes, I'm in!
Since then I have experimented and made several recipes with apple butter. My kids love the apple butter also. We have spread it on English muffins, toast and pumpkin pancakes. I made a delicious Apple Ricotta Galette with apple butter. Since I am always trying to incorporate more oatmeal into our diets, I tried the apple butter in this baked oatmeal recipe.
To me, oatmeal can make for a boring breakfast. But nutrition experts say oatmeal is good for lowering cholesterol. It is also loaded with fiber and antioxidants. I am not always fond of the mushy texture but adding apple butter and baking it gave it a more cake like consistency. This was like eating a dessert for breakfast. Topping it with Greek yogurt made it extra special.
I have many more apple butter recipe ideas floating around my head. This week I will be working on a apple butter vinaigrette which I think is perfect for a fall or winter salad. Have you had apple butter before? What's your favorite way to eat it?
Can I make this ahead of time?
- Absolutely, this is the perfect dish to make ahead of time and serve for breakfast or a snack later, especially during the holidays! Just bake, allow to cool, then cover with some foil or plastic and store in the fridge or freezer.
How long will my oatmeal last?
- In the fridge, your baked oatmeal will last 5 to 6 days, which makes it a perfect recipe to cook up on a Sunday night and pull out for breakfast all week!
- If you need your oatmeal to last longer, go ahead and store it in the freezer, where it'll last up to 6 months or so.
How should I reheat my oatmeal?
- From the fridge, there are a few options. The first is the microwave; take one piece of baked oatmeal at a time and microwave for about a minute, then check to see if the oatmeal is heated through. If not, go for another 15 seconds or so.
- You could also cover the oatmeal loosely with some foil and pop it in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes, making sure to check that it's all heated through.
- From frozen, allowed the baked oatmeal to thaw in the fridge overnight, and then follow one of the methods listed above.
- If you're looking for even more crunch, add in different kinds of nuts! Pecans, walnuts, and even peanuts or cashews would be delicious in this oatmeal bake and would provide some extra texture.
- To instantly turn this into a dessert, you could sprinkle with powdered sugar or even top with some whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
- Instead of the syrup, you could also use something like honey or agave nectar. They'll do the same job of sweetening up the oatmeal while also help it stay together during baking.
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- French Apple Cake Loaf
- Healthy Banana Pancakes with Pecans
- Skinny Mini Mexican Frittatas
- Grilled Apricots with Cinnamon, Ricotta, and Honey
- Strawberry Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits
- Best French Toast from Add a Pinch
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Apple Butter Baked Oatmeal
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup slivered toasted almonds another type of nut can be used or they can be omitted
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 cup milk non- fat or low fat can be used
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 12 to 18 ounces vanilla yogurt I used Greek yogurt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, almonds and salt.
- In a large bowl, stir together the apple butter, eggs, milk, maple syrup and melted butter until well combined.
- Add the oat mixture to the apple butter mixture and mix well.
- Pour into a greased 2 quart baking dish.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until oatmeal is set and top is golden brown. Cool and serve warm topped with yogurt. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon if desired.