Vanilla Baked Cranberry Oatmeal is a heart, healthy way to start the day. Serve this healthy breakfast warm or at room temperature.
Wow Wee I am up to Goal #4 (and I think the last one)! That was to get my hubby to eat a more nutritious breakfast starting with Oatmeal. I scored a homerun on this one! Last week I played with oats making Vanilla Baked Cranberry Oatmeal and a granola recipe I’ll share later. He loved them both. Happy dance time.
I am really trying to bump up the nutrition in our meals since we are cutting out a lot of meat and cutting further down on the fat. It feels like a little balancing act to meet my hubby’s new dietary requirements and that of our 6-year-old. To help my husband stay on track, I decided to do something about breakfast. He rarely has time to eat in the morning and pretty much eats in the car. I was some what hesitant about making a baked oatmeal thinking about portability but will miracles never cease – he loves this cold. Cranberry Oatmeal Vanilla Bake actually sets up really well in the refrigerator so it is portable. When he told me he liked it cold my initial response was gross! I happened to try it though and really liked it. I can eat this dish hot or cold. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Cranberry Oatmeal Vanilla Bake gets extra bonus points for being easy to make. You stir the dry ingredients in one bowl. The wet in another, combine and pour into the an 8 x 8 inch dish and bake. Violá! Breakfast is served. My husband likes it so much that I am making a new flavor next week. You can mix it up and put in whatever fruit you want. I happened to have fresh cranberries leftover from Christmas so I threw them in.
A note about the liquid. My husband has to cut out dairy (I know I did use a little butter) so I used my favorite non-dairy substitute, So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Creamer. You can use vanilla soy milk, regular milk, non-fat milk, etc. Whatever dairy or non-dairy “milk” you want. If you use regular milk, add 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Now this is not totally vegan because I did use egg substitute and a little butter. I haven’t gotten the nerve up to try flax-seed in place of eggs. Someday I will. You can certainly use an egg if you would like. The calories and fat will be different. Oh, I almost forgot about the wheat bran! This is just a way to add extra nutrition to the dish. If you don’t have any, throw in ground flax or an extra 1/4 cup of oats.
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Cranberry Vanilla Baked Oatmeal
- 2 cups uncooked regular or quick cooking oats
- 1/4 cup wheat bran
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Creamer or Vanilla Soy Milk*
- 1/2 cup natural unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp light butter melted
- 1/4 cup egg substitute or the equivalent to 1 egg
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
Preheat oven to 375°.
Spray an 8 x 8 inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat bran, baking powder, cranberries, cinnamon and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk together creamer/milk, applesauce, light butter, egg substitute and syrup.
Pour liquid into oats and stir to combine completely.
Pour into the prepared pan. I spread out the cranberries to make sure there was some in every piece.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
*The creamer does have some sugar in it. If you use soy milk, you will need to add some sugar
I calculated 6 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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