Baked Oatmeal: So good, it tastes like an oatmeal cookie

Baked Oatmeal: So good, it tastes like an oatmeal cookie

It’s called Baked Oatmeal. And it really does taste like an oatmeal cookie.

I first discovered the wonders of Baked Oatmeal at Marilyn’s, a coffee shop on Dempster in Morton Grove at brunch with my girlfriends, including fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Bonnie McGrath.

The Baked Oatmeal was served as a 4-inch-high square--like a piece of cake,  and it was absolutely delicious.

It wasn’t wet and gooey like a regular bowl of oatmeal. Not that there’s anything wrong with regular oatmeal. I gobble  it up probably five mornings a week.

But Marilyn’s Baked Oatmeal was something special— sweet and cinnamon-y, with a cookie-like texture that's crunchy on the outside with a softer inside.

I thought it would be, well, a piece of cake to make. Turns out that it's not hard, but I did have a hard time duplicating Marilyn’s version.

There are recipes for Baked Oatmeal all over the Internet. My first attempt wasn't bad, but it wasn't worth the effort. It came out mushy like regular oatmeal.

The trick I found, after several tries, is to not use too much milk. The mixture may seem a little dry, but that's the way it's supposed to be.

Also, in the recipe below you can swap the two tablespoons of applesauce for two more tablespoons of butter.

I didn't make it with the full monty of butter because I wanted to keep the dish fairly healthy. (Otherwise, might as well eat cronuts or chocolate chip pancakes or bacon ice cream for breakfast for Pete's sake. You see my point.)

Another benefit to Baked Oatmeal:  When it bakes up, your house will smell HEAVENLY! In fact, if you're looking to sell your home, make this recipe before anyone comes a-knocking.

It you're an oatmeal or oatmeal cookie lover, you're gonna love this recipe.

Baked Oatmeal

1 ½ cups dry oatmeal
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons applesauce
1 egg, beaten
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 small apple, chopped
1/3 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350. In one bowl, mix oatmeal, cinnamon and baking powder. In another bowl, mix beaten egg, milk, vanilla, butter and applesauce. Pour oatmeal mixture, chopped apple and raisins into the wet ingredients and stir until combined well.

Place in 9”x 5” loaf that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.   Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Serves 2-3.

Serving suggestions: Serve with milk on the side.  For 4-5 servings, double recipe and place mixture in 8” square pan instead of loaf pan.

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