Friday, November 5, 2010
My Friend, Becky's Baked Oatmeal with Raisins and Walnuts
My friend, Becky, gave me a recipe for Baked Oatmeal, which is an old family recipe .It tastes like a giant oatmeal cookie, without the flour, with old-fashioned rolled oats, brown sugar, butter, eggs, milk, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon. If you're looking for hearty, stick to your ribs breakfast, that's fairly healthy, this is it , and it's wonderful! I may have mentioned that oatmeal is one of my comfort foods and this recipe puts oatmeal over the top, especially with the walnuts and raisins. You mix all of the ingredients together in a greased baking dish and bake for 40-45min. If you double or triple the recipe for a larger family or Brunch, additional baking time would be required. You might want to make this recipe on the weekend, and eat some then, and save the rest for the coming week. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of days, (if it lasts that long), just re-heat in the microwave.
I know that oatmeal is healthy for you, but didn't know all of the reasons, until I looked at Wkikpedia. Whole oats are a good source of thiamine, iron, and fiber. Fiber can help reduce your cholesterol, between 10-20 points. Oats also have properties, which help protect the circulatory system, also. Whole oats can help control blood sugars for people with Type 2 diabetes. With this recipe you can replace unsweetened applesauce for some of the butter and sugar, to lower the carbs and fat.
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt ( I didn't add)
1 c. milk
2/1/2 c. rolled oats
3/4 raisins or craisins
3/4 c. chopped walnuts
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix all of the above ingredients together in a mixing bowl and place in a greased baking dish. As I mentioned above, you can use applesauce, either regular or unsweetened to replace part of the butter and sugar. You may also sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the top.
Bake in 375 degree oven for 40-45 minutes. Additional time will be required, if you double or triple the recipe. Serve baked oatmeal warm with milk, if desired.