Oatmeal is such a healthy breakfast but sometimes it can be bland and boring.  I like to try mixing it with different ingredients to make it more appealing.  This recipe was inspired by a delicious cranberry apple sauce that I make for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It’s a family favorite and everyone loves it.  One time I didn’t make it and decided to make something new.  Everyone was asking, “Where is the cranberry apple sauce?”

There are so many different varieties of baking apples out there that you can use.  I prefer to use Gala, Pacific Rose, Fuji or Honey Crisp. The apples and cranberries here are flavored with cinnamon, cloves and brown sugar similar to an apple pie.  The oatmeal is flavored with the same spices, a couple pinches of salt and brown sugar.  A few dots of butter on top makes it a little crispy on top and not mushy.Baked Apple Cranberry Oatmeal

When I make this baked oatmeal for breakfast I like to mix the dry ingredients the night before.  Then I cover and set it aside.  The next morning,    you can mix the wet ingredients together.  Next, dice the apple and mix it with the cranberries, cinnamon, cloves, and one tablespoon of brown sugar. Arrange this apple mixture on the bottom of a 9 or 10-inch buttered baking dish. Add the oatmeal mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well. Pour this mixture into the baking dish on top of the apple mixture.  Spread the top evenly with a silicone spatula.  Dot the top with cubes of butter.

Bake the oatmeal at 325 degrees for about 40-45 minutes until it is bubbly on the edges and the top is firm and golden brown. I won’t recommend soaking the oatmeal mixture with the wet ingredients overnight because the oatmeal will get mushy.Baked Oatmeal

Now that it’s fall and the air is chilly, we can enjoy a warm and comforting breakfast like this baked apple cranberry oatmeal.  It reminds me of apple pie and cranberry sauce. The house smells so good while this is baking. Serve it warm with milk on the side. I hope you will try it sometime. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee![amazon_link asins=’B004VLVB5C’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’justsavorit-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d2d5ec40-b8f6-11e7-9142-4d6e9e356958′]

 

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Baked Apple Cranberry Oatmeal
If you are too bored with your oatmeal try this baked oatmeal with apple and cranberries.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar + 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp cinnamon +1/4 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves, divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Gala apple
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter + more for greasing
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar + 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp cinnamon +1/4 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves, divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Gala apple
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter + more for greasing
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325F degrees. In a bowl mix together the oats, 1/4 cup light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, baking powder, and salt. Set it aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the egg and the milk together. Set it aside. Butter a 9 or 10-inch baking dish.
  3. Core the apple and dice it to 1/2 inch cubes. Transfer apples into a bowl. Add the cranberries, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon cloves. Mix it all together.
  4. Arrange fruit mixture on the bottom of buttered baking dish. Add the oatmeal mixture into the milk mixture and stir together. Pour this into the baking dish.
  5. Spread the top evenly with a spatula. Dot the top with cubes of butter. Bake oatmeal in the oven at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes until bubbly on the sides and the top is golden brown.
  6. Serve it warm with a side of extra milk.
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