Monday, November 5, 2012

Just Baked Oatmeal

I'm a huge breakfast person. Not only do I need something decent in my stomach to make it till lunch, but I love most breakfast foods. And, good for me, I have developed a preference for healthy breakfast food. 

My current breakfast obsession is baked oatmeal. If you have not heard of baked oatmeal, than you most definitely need to try it. Unlike a mushy porridgy goop you may imagine when you hear the name, baked oatmeal has more of a quick bread/muffin-y texture. It's served similar to regular boiled oatmeal, with milk and sometimes other toppings like raisins. It's still great without milk on top and some people prefer it this way. Being a recovered boxed cereal addict, though, I won't turn down the opportunity to eat any breakfast with milk on top!

I first learned of this amazing breakfast dish while working at Camp Tecumseh in Indiana in 2008. Baked oatmeal was served as one of the breakfasts for the campers. 


It was love at first bite.

Camp T served basic baked oatmeal but I have since discovered and invented countless baked oatmeal recipes including soaked versions (for the Nourishing Traditions crowd), fruity versions, chocolaty versions, and many more. I've done a lot of experimenting as my standards are very high when it comes to this delectable breakfast. It has to taste amazing, be easy to prepare, and have healthy ingredients. (Click here for my Basic Baked Oatmeal recipe which is very similar to the kind I enjoyed at Camp Tecumseh.)

Since boxed breakfast cereal is actually pretty unhealthy, I want to feed my family nutritious and economical alternatives. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. My baked oatmeal recipes are all fast to whip up, making it more realistic for you to serve your family this for breakfast, instead of reaching for a box of cereal.

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