Baked Ginger Oatmeal with Apricots, Cherries & Walnuts

Weekend mornings are my time of ultimate relaxation. Mr. Prevention holds down the bed as long as possible on the weekends and that leaves me with the house to myself. Well, really, it’s shared with this girl. This very demanding, high-maintenance bulldog of mine, Lily…who always sits in this goofy position when begging for food. We call it the “chicken leg”.

On weekend mornings, I relish the sun pouring in my kitchen windows and enjoy making breakfast. Some people do yoga, I do breakfast…my time, my relaxation.

Outside of the fact that I wish I could go through life wearing PJ’s, it’s enjoyable to sip on my coffee, make something in the kitchen, and all the while be preparing for the upcoming week. Enjoyment and productivity in one, who knew?

A dear friend of ours sent me an email this week with the link to this baked oatmeal recipe. Her daughter has a fondness for breakfast at obscene hours of the morning, and so she thought having a recipe prepped and ready to go for breakfast would help her morning situation. Tiff, I hope it works for you! It’s sure going to work for me this week – yum!

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Baked Ginger Oatmeal with Apricots, Cherries & Walnuts adapted from Cookin’ Canuck

3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup (packed) brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 cups skim milk unsweetened coconut milk
1 egg
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 Tbsp unsalted butter 50/50 Smart Balance Butter Blend, melted
1/2 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 1/3 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup almonds walnuts, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat an 8- by 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, ground ginger, and ground cinnamon.

In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, egg, applesauce, butter and vanilla.

Combine wet ingredients into dry, stir to combine. Fold in dried cherries and apricots, and walnuts. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Bake until golden brown and set, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then serve. Serves 6.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 358 calories; 14.2 g. fat; 43 mg. cholesterol; 399 mg. sodium; 53.2 g. carbohydrate; 6.2 g. fiber; 7.3 g. protein

Result: Delicious! Is there a baked oatmeal I haven’t loved yet? Nope! I was drawn to this recipe because it used very little sugar, a combination of eggs and applesauce, contained some fruit, and used one of my favorite spices: ground ginger…and lots of it! You could really use any dried fruit you have on hand: apples, raisins, cranberries, dates, etc. or not include the dried fruit at all. I used slightly less dried fruit than the recipe called for simply because dried fruit tends to pack quite a few calories, and I like to eat my baked oatmeal with something else..like fresh fruit. I also subbed in walnuts for almonds because walnuts are the nut superstar in my book due to their high omega-3 content. Plus, they’re way cheaper than pecans and tend to not get soggy like almonds. I recommend serving this with a few tablespoons of warmed milk drizzled over the top…mmm mmm mmm! Enjoy!

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13 Comments

  1. February 27, 2011 / 9:51 am

    for relaxation i like to walk on the beach or sit on my balcony overlooking the ocean, drinking coffee and reading a good book! i can’t believe i’ll be giving up this paradise in 14 weeks when my internship finishes! this year has gone so fast!

  2. February 27, 2011 / 9:55 am

    I’ve still never made baked oatmeal. But I agree – being in the kitchen is so relaxing! I could spend all day cooking 🙂

  3. February 27, 2011 / 10:09 am

    I definitely love having the kitchen to myself in the morning, so I know how you feel! I love the mix-ins to this baked oatmeal. Dried fruit is a favorite of mine!

  4. February 27, 2011 / 12:25 pm

    Cooking/baking is the ultimate source of relaxation for me…as long as my husband is right behind me cleaning up the mess. If the kitchen gets messy, than the whole process just becomes a huge frustration.

    I am going to have to try this oatmeal…you know I am a fan of oats and I don’t think I’ve done baked oats yet!

  5. February 27, 2011 / 12:57 pm

    Worked for me too!! Saving it for M-W meals for the little one. Although I must admit yours turned out better than mine…something about turning on a computer to track down a recipe at 6 am on saturday with a “mmm mmm mmming” little one wrapped around your legs didn’t work for me. Note to self print out recipe prior to morning. 🙂

    My relaxation is a deep piping hot bath…maybe some candles….and if I’m really lucky, only me’s in it (no giggling toddler trying to put cups on mommies head) 🙂 Happy weekend to the Prevention Fam!

  6. February 27, 2011 / 1:50 pm

    Kitchen time is major relaxation time for me. Especially on Sundays when there is no time pressure. Baked oatmeal sounds amazing! I bet the ginger gives it a bit of zing!

  7. February 27, 2011 / 4:44 pm

    Mm, looks like the perfect way to start the day! Lily is so cute too 🙂

  8. February 27, 2011 / 8:50 pm

    I love Lily’s chicken leg – soooo cute!!

    You and I are the same – my husband loves to sleep in and I love to get in the kitchen and start cooking up a storm! 😉

  9. February 28, 2011 / 2:37 pm

    I totally feel ya on the weekend breakfasts! While I love my weekend work outs, breakfast is the best! Why? Because it doesn’t have to be rushed and I have time make something a little out of the norm. This oatmeal concoction sounds perfect, esp for someone who has been looking to swtich up my usual mix!

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