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Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal

Here I am with another breakfast recipe. Seems like I’m getting pretty predictable. Oh well. What can I say? I just really like breakfast. Especially any breakfast that involves oats. It could be a quick bowl of microwave oatmeal, or steel cut oats simmered on the stove. But now, I’ve been enlightened to baked oatmeal. I had seen it appear in a few cookbooks and on Pinterest, and I decided to try throwing in some frozen cherries and almonds. I came up with this Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal.

Baked oatmeal dry ingredients

I’m really glad to see that oats are gaining popularity right now, what with baked oatmeal and overnight fridge oatmeal (which, by the way, is NOT for me – too thick and pasty in texture) being so popular. I think oats are the perfect breakfast food, and I was once upon a time quoted in a magazine saying just that. They’re loaded with fiber, the soluble kind which not only helps to keep you regular, but can also help keep cholesterol levels down. Plus they’re versatile and taste great.

Baked oatmeal before cooking

If you haven’t tried baked oatmeal yet, you definitely should. It’s basically oats mixed with a liquid (I used good ol’ cow’s milk), eggs, a bit of baking powder and some flavorings. Could be fruit, could be spices, whatever. In this case it’s cherries and almonds with a touch of sugar and bit of cinnamon and vanilla thrown in for good measure. You can mix and bake the whole thing in a baking dish or casserole dish.

Baked oatmeal in dish

And you don’t even need to make it fresh for it to taste great. In fact, every time I’ve made this, I’ve made it in the afternoon, stuck it in the fridge when it cooled and enjoyed it throughout the week. It tastes great just reheated in the microwave. You could also cut it up, freeze the pieces individually on a baking sheet then store them in the freezer bag for longer term enjoyment. Since it’s not as “wet” as regular oatmeal, I find it’s best enjoyed with a touch of your favorite yogurt to add a little extra moisture. Make a batch this weekend to enjoy during the week!

Baked oatmeal on plate
Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal
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Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal

This cherry almond baked oatmeal is filled with frozen and dried cherries and almonds. It’s easy to make ahead and tastes great reheated!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 9
Calories: 325kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats (Use Gluten Free oats to make this recipe Gluten Free)
  • 2/3 cup almonds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups milk (use your favorite Dairy Free milk to make this recipe Dairy Free)
  • 1.5 Tablespoon butter, melted (use Dairy Free butter alternative to make this recipe Dairy Free)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1.5 cups fresh or frozen cherries
  • 2 Tablespoons dried cherries optional

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 375Β°F. Lightly grease a 9×9″ baking pan or similar size casserole dish.
  • Stir together oats, almonds, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, milk, butter, vanilla and almond extract.
  • Pour egg mixture into oat mixture and stir to combine. Fold in fresh or frozen cherries. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle dried cherries over the top of the oat mixture, if using.
  • Bake for about 35 minutes until set. Cool slightly before serving. Can be refrigerated for several days and reheated in microwave. Serve with the yogurt of your choice.

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal
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cherry almond baked oatmeal nutrition info

Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal Nutrition Notes:

This baked oatmeal is a high fiber breakfast choice. Serve with a couple of dollops of low fat or fat free Greek yogurt for extra protein.

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    Christine Carly
    July 31, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    This was really good. Yogurt topping is almost a must.

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