My boys and I — and to a lesser extent, my husband — have done a lot of traveling this summer. We got home yesterday to a nearly empty fridge and pantry. Although I did go grocery shopping, I wanted to use the odds and ends of our food for a healthy, tasty lunch for my toddler and I. One of those odds and ends was half a bag of slightly wrinkly but still useable apples.
My internet search turned up muffins, cookies, and baked oatmeal recipes. Since I frequently bake muffins and sweets didn’t entice my palate after eating lots of junk food on vacation, baked oatmeal sounded like an interesting option. I chose a simple recipe without a lot of sugar. I jazzed up the spices a bit by adding 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and a dash of ground cloves. I also only used 3 cups of milk, which still worked well and didn’t change the cooking time.
As a bonus, once I chopped the apples, my toddler could help mix up the oatmeal. He loved it and snuck as many raisins as he could. In fact, he picked out the apples and wouldn’t eat them, but he ate all of his raisins and asked for mine, too. Maybe next time I’ll skip the apples and just triple the raisins.
The baked oatmeal turned out beautifully. It had a cakey texture, though if I’d used all the milk it might have been creamier. The apples remained fairly firm, which I enjoyed, but if you’d like them to melt in your mouth, chop them finely.
Here’s the link if you’d like to try this : https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/baked-apple-oatmeal/c5e03f34-3e10-4a9a-b9f7-3483bf215bcf
Enjoy! We sure did!