Is oatmeal only food for old people? I don’t believe that only old people (and I use that term loosely) like and eat oatmeal. After all, there are oatmeal cookies that are a favorite of all ages. And there is an oatmeal bake that is more like a giant granola bar than it is a mushy bowl of oatmeal.
The oats that make oatmeal are so versatile that they can be devoured in many forms. Oats are even popular in flour form as a baking ingredient. And if manufactured as gluten-free, fills the needs of people who want the taste of oatmeal in some form yet can’t tolerate gluten.
“Oats were one of the earliest cereals cultivated by man. They were known in ancient China as long ago as 7,000 B.C. The ancient Greeks were the first people known to have made a recognizable porridge (cereal) from oats.”
And more fun facts:
- Oatmeal cookies are the number one non-cereal usage for oatmeal, followed by meatloaf. [Check out my meatloaf recipe adapted from Quaker Oats.]
- Seventy-five percent of U.S. households have oatmeal in their cupboard.
Today I’m making another form of baked oatmeal with an apple-cranberry compote. This is a tasty recipe, with the fruit on the outside instead of on the inside. Personally, I didn’t like it as much as my original baked oatmeal recipe at first, then the leftovers won me over.
Oatmeal fun facts from [https://mobile-cuisine.com/did-you-know/oatmeal-fun-facts/]
apples and craisins are ready to compote.
Wholesome goodness for breakfast, snack, or dessert!
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup raw almonds, sliced
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamon
- 3 cups whole milk
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 apples, peeled and chunked
- 1/3 cup craisins
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup water
- Dash kosher salt
- PREP: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking dish with cooking oil spray.
- Combine all oatmeal ingredients together in a large bowl (oats, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cinnamon, salt and cardamom).
- Mix butter, milk, honey egg and vanilla together and pour over oat mixture. Stir together.
- Place oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed and top is golden brown. Let it sit while making the compote.
- Place apples, craisins, honey, cinnamon, salt and water in a saucepan and boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring, until compote is chunky yet still thick.
- Serve with baked oatmeal.
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