I really do believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that being said I also HATE getting out of bed in the morning; This oatmeal is defiantly my solution and has become my morning standby. I usually throw this together at night then have it for breakfast during the week; after I cook it I pre-portion it and put a few pieces in the freezer since it will only stay good in the fridge about 5 days; then all I have to do is stick it in the microwave in the morning and voilà! I can’t say enough good things about this recipe it is easy, filling, cheap and it’s healthy! I included the nutrition information, if you are worried about the calories you could skip the nuts (but you’d be missing out on all their nutritional value) or replace the dried cranberries for frozen or fresh. It is loaded with fiber and protein so it’s a great kick in the morning that will keep you feeling full till lunch. This defiantly isn’t the sugary powdery oatmeal we ate as kids, but its a great healthy alternative.

Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal


Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal   (Print Me) 

Yield: (1- 13×9 pan) 8-10 servings

2 apples, cored and rough chopped
1 cup fresh, frozen, or dried cranberries
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 cups quick cooking oats
2 Tbsp flax seed
4 – 4 1/2 cups skim milk
1 egg
1/2 cup pure agave nectar (maple syrup or honey could also be used)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350º. Combine all ingredients in a 9×13 oven proof dish then bake for 45 min.  Allow to completely cool before dividing or freezing.

Nutrition* 1/8 pan oatmeal made with dried cranberries: Calories 357,  Fat 8g, Total Carbohydrate 63g, Fiber 7g, Sugar 36g,  Protein 10g

Adapted From: Proceed With Caution

*All nutrition information is approximate

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