Chocolate peanut butter and jelly baked oatmeal
- 2 Cups rolled old fashioned oats taking care they are gluten free if needed
- 1 1/2 Cups unsweetened milk of choice
- 1/4 Cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 Cup peanut butter or other nut butter if allergic
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 Tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 Tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. real maple syrup
Method: Preheat oven to 375. Combine oats, spices, salt, and baking powder. Stir to combine. Whisk together all remaining ingredients. Bake uncovered in greased 9x9 square baking dish baking dish for approximately 45 minutes. Top with peanut butter, maple syrup, jelly, milk, or spread of choice when warm.
Most of my youth was spent hating oatmeal and Jennifer Lopez appearing in movies. One of those things has changed.
She’s just not a good actress! The only exception I will make for her is Selena. She did well in that, mainly because there was more singing than acting. I remember a particularly trying sleepover where a friend made me watch Maid in Manhattan. So. Painful.
On to the subject of oatmeal. In my childhood it was cooked in water and took on the texture of slime. Many people eat it this way and they’re not wrong, I’m happy they like it. As I became more health conscious I bribed myself into eating it. I’d cook it in milk with butter and sugar. It was more of a rich porridge where the oats were an afterthought. As my tastes evolved I decided this was a less than healthy option. One thing did stick with me, oats can be a great vehicle for flavor. Baked oatmeal is even better because I get to avoid the runny, soupy texture.
This comes to you in the middle of a refined sugar fast. No white sugar in this dish! I made this with some awesome home canned unsweetened applesauce. The apple flavor really holds up as my ‘jelly’ in this recipe. If chocolate is one flavor too many, leave out the cocoa powder. This is also an easy dish to please a crowd with different dietary needs. Take it out fresh from the oven and let them top it as they like. There is nothing finer than watching peanut butter melt on hot baked oatmeal. The best part? I have a healthy breakfast the rest of the week.
How will you top this oatmeal?