week 7: kitchen sink baked oatmeal

14 Nov

this week i decided to finally make the baked oatmeal i have been dreaming of, but failing to actually cook, for weeks. i hybridized a bunch of recipes, and used things we randomly had around, to create a very tasty oatmeal casserole.

i wanted something hearty and tasty, sweet but not too sweet, as proteiny as i could make it without turning it gross. my goal is for my breakfasts to keep me full for 3.5 hours (getting to work time till 11, which i have arbitrarily named snack time), and oatmeal is classically known for being the definition of stick-to-yr-ribs. this seemed like a good starting point.

and, look! it turned out!

white plate on wood table, with a metal fork and a square-ish piece of oatmeal casserole. raisins and dried cranberries dot the top, which looks to be covered with muesli, and a couple of pieces of baked apple poke out from the side.

it’s hearty and delicious!

i knew that we had some apples and pears in the fruit bowl that had seen better days. i cut the good parts off to use, and then roughly chopped them. i also pre-heated the oven to 325

then i started mixing the wet ingredients. this is a good time to take a moment to really examine the baked oatmeal picture above. see how it almost looks like there’s granola or muesli on top? i am pretty sure that’s because i put too little liquid in. but i actually think it is really nice–i would use the same ratios again! but if you want a more uniform texture, then increase the wet to dry ratio.

back to the liquids. i whisked together 4 eggs, 1/2 cup of whey (leftover from straining yogurt–i thought it would up the protein content and add a little tartness, but you can just increase milk instead), 2-3 cups of soy milk (probably closer to 2), a dash of vanilla extract, about 1/3 cup of maple syrup, and a tablespoon of melted earth balance. i also zested in a couple of partially used lemons, for and equivalent of one total–having tasted it, i think that 2 would be better.

then, the dry ingredients! i first poured about 3 cups of oats into a bowl. i added a generous dash of cinnamon–maybe 1/2 tablespoon? i grated on some nutmeg (well under a teaspoon full), and put in some ginger. i mixed in about 1/2 cup almond meal, again for protein, and a similar amount of dried cranberries and raisins. i also put in about 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and baking powder. 

once the dry ingredients were mixed, i poured them into the wet ingredients, stirred, and added the chopped fruit. i put the whole thing into a greased casserole dish, and baked it for about 25 minutes.

a haphazard pile of oats stacked straight up on a white plate, slightly yellowish, with small pieces of pears flecked in.

it turned out essentially like a bowl of oatmeal, but able to stand up without the bowl. i am not sure why this was so surprising to me–the only other time i have had baked oatmeal, though, my partner’s mother made it, and she makes her oatmeal different than i would. so i had never had baked oatmeal that tastes how the oatmeal i make tastes!

this week’s statistics:

  • breakfasts made: 5. good job elizabeth.
  • time spent:  40 minutes, about
  • total cost: free, beyond what i put in for house expenses anyway.
i have a question for everyone: should i write a meta post about my breakfast priorities, how things are going overall, and what my next plans are? or is that boring to people?

5 Responses to “week 7: kitchen sink baked oatmeal”

  1. rachhs2 November 14, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Yes to a meta post…

  2. NB November 14, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Good job with the baked oatmeal! What are your thoughts on a version of savory oatmeal? I’ve got a preoccupation with trying it but haven’t gotta around to it yet…

    And yes to meta post!

  3. Shayn November 14, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    agreed, yes meta post! also more breakfast-themed behavior theory please!

    even though I think you’re unfairly prejudiced against every other grain for breakfast, i’m still glad you did a good job with oats.

  4. Amanda November 14, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Excellent job!

  5. rachhs2 November 14, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Yes to a meta blog!

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