So this past Sunday I not only made Un-Chicken Noodle Soup, I also made personal baked oatmeal bowls for Benzo and I for breakfast. We woke up without alarms to a chilly morning and I immediately thought “baked oatmeal”. I have made a big dish of baked oatmeal before and it’s delicious. But I remembered seeing Chocolate Covered Katie’s Pumpkin Boatmeal on her blog about a month ago and had been wanting to try it. But I was not in the mood for pumpkin. Seriously, it’s true.
Not only that but after Benzo and I started moving around and thinking about our day, we decided to go to early service at church. Which meant I did not have as much time to cook breakfast as I thought. No worry though, the personal baked oatmeals baked up quickly and we still made it to church on time!
I basically doubled CCK’s recipe and switched out pumpkin for some other yummies. My plan was to make two personal baked oatmeals, but I ended up with three. I possibly could’ve crammed the filling into two very full ramekins, but I didn’t want to risk a mess in my oven, so I went with three.
Maple Walnut Personal Baked Oatmeal
Adapted from CCK’s Pumpkin Boatmeal
1 cup oats
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp brown sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2/3 cup milk (I used unsweetened soy)
1/8 tsp salt
Handful of chopped walnuts – I didn’t measure, maybe 1/4 cup?
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine all ingredients. Divide mixture into 2 or 3 one cup ramekins (sprayed with non-stick spray first). Bake for 15 minutes. Then turn oven to broil and continue cooking for 3 more minutes. I actually could’ve broiled them a couple more minutes to get a crunchier crust on top, but since I was in a hurry I went ahead and took them out.
I should’ve snapped a photo of all three of them lined up on the stove. Oh well!
I was afraid these oatmeal bowls wouldn’t be filling enough on their own, so I peeled and divded an orange and then also made some coffee. It was a really nice breakfast.
Benzo LOVED the oatmeal bowls and said he could “eat these all the time”. I thought it would be good to make a whole bunch of these on a Sunday night or Monday morning and then eat them all week for breakfast. But then I would need to buy more ramekins. OR I could bake them in muffin tins. They would end up a bit smaller but then I would just eat two at a time!
I kept the third bowl in the refrigerator, uncovered and then ate it for breakfast the next day. It was just fine heated up like that.
So today is my first official day of VACATION! Yes I do not have to go back to work until 2011. It is glorious! Today I did some last minute shopping and then had a late lunch with Benzo and my brother. Now I’m trying to get motivated to finish the laundry and clean up the kitchen so I can bake some yummies tonight.
Unfortunately I am fighting a bit of a head cold. Either that or I’ve let too much dairy creep back into my diet. Probably both. I’ve been trying to rest a lot, drink tons of fluids and eat healthy. Mini-green monsters every morning and tea, water and OJ throughout the day. I think it’s helping but I still have an annoying tickle in my throat that makes me cough.
What do you do to feel better when you are feeling sick? Suggestions are welcome!