Well, March just loves to punch us right in the face sometimes.
You think, “oh, it’s nearly spring.”
Until you look at the forecast, and they’re calling for 18-24” OF SNOW!!
Snow! Yes. Snow.
It had been in the 70s just two weeks prior!
We had such a mild winter, here in eastern PA. Then this happens.
But! Here is your consolation baked oatmeal. Get these simple ingredients ready tonight, and you’ll have a delicious breakfast the next morning. Perfect for a snow day!
Everything is mixed the night before! The oatmeal is soaked overnight in vanilla almond milk. Soaking the old fashioned oats the night before yields a superior texture (in my opinion). It’s slightly sweetened with a bit of maple syrup and dried cherries. That sweetness is complemented by the addition of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cloves, AND allspice. But add any combination that you like. For you cardamom fans, add it! I’m sure it would be lovely. Don’t like ginger or cloves? Leave it out and add a bit more cinnamon if you like. A pinch of salt to bring out the sweet and spice. Finally, some baking powder and lightly beaten eggs provide some height and stability. My biggest pet peeve with oatmeal is that it ends up tasting like mush. This bakes up nicely in a matter of 45-ish minutes.
To be honest, I put some more almond milk and the oats in a bowl, purely for aesthetics. Then I ate it. Oh, I can see why people eat it this way!! It’s delicious! I served some to john with a big scoop of Siggi’s vanilla yogurt. I topped our oats with some toasted hazelnuts for some crunch. Feel free to add it right to the oatmeal. My concern was that they wouldn’t stay that crunchy. So I just sprinkled some on top for a bit of crunch.
Each bite you have some warm, sweet and spicy oatmeal, studded with cherries and nuts. This will surely soothe your concerns of a mid-March snowstorm or, if that isn’t happening for you, just Tuesday in general…
A snow day isn’t so bad after all. But just don’t say that to my husband 🙂
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg, cloves, allspice, EACH!
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ dried cherries (or any dried fruit)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 ¾ cup almond milk (or any variety of milk)
- The night before, mix all dry ingredients in an 8x8 or 9x9 glass or ceramic baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, beat the eggs lightly with a whisk. Add the syrup, vanilla, and almond milk, and whisk until combined.
- Add to the dry ingredients. Stir well.
- Place a lid on the top of the dish. Refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, bring the oatmeal out of the refrigerator while preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
- Gently stir the ingredients two or three times.
- Bake in preheated oven for 42-47 minutes until the edges are golden and the center is set, yet not firm.
- Sprinkle with toasted nuts. Top with additional almond milk or vanilla yogurt.