Christmas Morning Baked Oatmeal
6-8 Tbsp. Sweet Mulled Cider Mix
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
1 cup milk
½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled
Brown sugar (optional)
Mix Sweet Mulled Cider Mix, rolled oats, dried cranberries, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, if desired. Add eggs, milk and butter. Mix well. Place in a greased 1.5 quart oval baking dish. Top with brown sugar, if desired. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes. It is done when it appears dry on the top and is firm to the touch. It will look similar to a cookie.
Scoop into individual bowls and top with brown sugar, milk and any additional toppings. Serve immediately.
Optional toppings: brown sugar, Creamy Caramel Sauce, dried cranberries, raisins, cinnamon, nuts, milk or cream, Reddi-wip®
Note: this can also be cooked in a greased slow cooker on low for 6-10 hours.
Tips and Hints
- Instead of stirring in 1 cup milk, try some apple juice, apple cider or cranberry juice.
- You can mix 1 cup of almost anything in place of the dried cranberries before you bake the oatmeal. I'd try raisins, finely chopped apples, applesauce, bananas, pears or blueberries. I might even try adding a little extra sugar and mixing in some pumpkin. The possibilities really are endless!
- For toppers, try some additional dried cranberries, raisins, walnuts, pecans, brown sugar, white sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, milk and/or cream or even some Reddi-wip®. Again, endless possibilities. You can keep this very simple or add some options for when you have guests.
- The slow-cooked version was ready in about 6 hours but stayed perfect up to 8. I quit testing it after that, but it did appear that it could be in there longer.
- Leftovers re-heat perfectly in the microwave.