Happy New Year, everyone! For me, the new year is a time to reflect on change, on growth, and on being grateful for all that you have. If you haven’t heard, we are coming to the end of Girlfriends Coffee Hour. I hope that in the years we’ve been sharing recipes here at At Home With GCH, you’ve seen something you might want to try; that you’ve experimented a bit in your kitchen and gone outside your comfort zone; and that you thought about cooking as a way to serve God by using the time and talents He gave you. I have certainly enjoyed challenging myself to come up with new recipes each week to introduce to you, and getting to chat a bit with some of you in the comments section. Even though GCH is ending, my cooking (and blogging) will continue, and I hope you will find me on Facebook to chat about food and share recipes with me!
For my last entry here on At Home With GCH, I present to you: Apple Spice Baked Oatmeal! As usual, I read over several recipes, made a few changes, and came up with something to call my own. This was easy to make, and serves 6-8 for a hearty breakfast. You can also make it the night before and reheat portions in the microwave. This is a great way to start your day (or your year). Bon apetit, my friends, and God Bless!
Apple Spice Baked Oatmeal
- coconut oil or butter for greasing your baking dish
- 2 apples, chopped (no need to peel)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup nuts, divided – Try walnuts or pecans. I used whole almonds and let the kids crush them with my meat mallet!
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 stick butter, melted
- vanilla yogurt, to serve
- Preheat oven to 325*F. Grease your baking dish – mine was an oval dish, but you can use a deep 8″ or 9″ Pyrex.
- Spread the chopped apples in the bottom of your dish.
- Mix together the oats, sugar, 1/2 cup nuts, raisins, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and vanilla. Stir in the oat mixture, then stir in the melted butter.
- Pour the oat mixture over the apples and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of nuts. Bake for about 45 minutes. You want the oatmeal to be set and the top a bit golden and crusty. Serve warm, with a big spoonful of vanilla yogurt on top.
Explore, experiment, enjoy! — Dana
To view even more of Dana’s unique recipe, you can visit her at Frugal Girlmet!