Meal Planning Monday – Blueberry Cinnamon Oatmeal Bake

GUYS.

This blog post was very difficult for me. When I tell you the reason, you’re going to think it’s so stupid.

Or maybe you won’t.

But I have to tell you.

Let me back up a little bit. I have been wanting to make an oatmeal bake for quite some time now. I really enjoy oatmeal, but if I’m being honest, my biggest complaint is the clean up. Oh, the clean up. If you don’t wash the bowl right away, you need a damn jack hammer to get the oatmeal off of your bowl. Unless you eat your oatmeal like my husband – straight up cereal. It grosses me out. Every damn time.

So I don’t really make it that much. I prefer to consume my oatmeal in the cookie form.

Then I discovered (on Pinterest, of course) that oatmeal bakes are a thing. They take oatmeal, mix in some eggs, and bake it. Ta da! You only have one bowl to clean up after mixing it together, and then you clean up the baking dish. Easy peasy!

But, I digress (naturally). The reason why this was so difficult for me was because I really, really wanted to do a peanut butter chocolate oatmeal bake. I’M SORRY! THE FLAVOR IS DELICIOUS AND IT CONSUMES MY EVERY FOOD THOUGHT! Well, that and bacon. And ranch. I have issues.

So I controlled myself. Oh boy, did I control myself (before making this, I made some peanut butter chocolate banana oatmeal bars and that did tide me over.)

So I present to you, MY RECIPE, Blueberry Cinnamon Oatmeal Bake.

Ingredients:
*2 eggs, beaten
*1/2 cup applesauce
*1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
*1 tablespoon vanilla extract
*1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
*1 1/2 teaspoons salt
*1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
*3 cups rolled oats or old fashioned oats
*1 cup milk (I used skim)
*1 cup blueberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 15×9 inch baking dish.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, applesauce, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and baking powder.

Mix until well combined.

Add in oats and milk. Mix again until well combined.

Carefully fold in blueberries.

Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Until it is not jiggly anymore 🙂

 

 

(This baking dish has a recipe printed on the inside. Very cool!)

I have to give a quick shout out on probably one of our favorite mugs in our house. My sister in law found some handwriting from my mother in law after she passed away and had it put on a mug. It’s love. I like to think sometimes I’m having my morning coffee with her when I use it.

I cut them up into squares and they are being stored in the fridge. We’ll grab one and warm it up when it’s time to eat.

Maybe I’ll drizzle some chocolate and / or peanut butter on there. Maybe 😉

 

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