Sunday, July 8, 2012

Baked Oatmeal with Coconut, Almonds & Dark Chocolate


First things first: Big thanks to Leah at Food for the Fresh for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award!
Leah did a guest post for me a little while ago. We've actually known each other since middle school (Ranger Pride Never Dies!) and were on drill team together in high school. Go visit her page, she's got great recipes with purty pictures!



If you hadn't already noticed with my posts on Cinnamon Vanilla DonutsApple Cinnamon Muffin CakeBreakfast CookiesBreakfast CobblerEgg-n-Bacon Cups, & my faaaaaavorite, Coconut Donuts, I kind of have a thing for breakfast.

I loooovee breakfast, honestly cereal is one of my favorite foods! I also love to make my own oatmeal. I can't stand the packets anymore, they're always toooo sweet, and the flavors that I can create with just a plain cup of quick cooking dry oats are always better anyway.

This is why I am excited to share this recipe with you! It's tasty, healthy, good hot or cold, and is a grab and go that you can whip up on Sunday and eat all week!




*I used a Starbucks Dark Chocolate with VIA bar- my little sis is a barista and brought my older sister and I a bag full. I'm not sure that Starbucks even makes these anymore, which is a shame because they're a nice little after lunch pickmeup treat!

Baked Oatmeal w/Coconut, Almonds & Dark Chocolate
inspired by my obsession with coconut and love of breakfast

2 cups dry quick cooking oats
½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/3 sliced almonds
1 tsp baking powder
1 ½ cup fat free milk
½ cup applesauce
2 tbs melted butter-cooled
1 large egg, beaten.
1 oz dark chocolate chopped.

Preheat oven to 350*
Combine wet ingredients in a medium size bowl. Make sure the butter is cool before adding the egg- you don’t want it scrambled! Mix in the oats, coconut, almonds, and baking powder. Mix until combined.
Pour into a greased (I used a spray flour) 8x8 pan. Sprinkle chopped chocolate on top, mixing into the batter where you feel necessary.
Bake at 350* for ~20-30mins. Edges will be golden and oatmeal will look set when done. Allow to cool for 10mins before cutting, serving, and enjoying!

Notes:
-Please know that ovens vary, so cooking times may vary.
-Mine was a tad crumbly, if this is not your style, try adding 1 additional egg to the recipe -OR- omitting 1/2 cup of milk. Doing this will also change the cooking time.
-This is NOT a sweet oatmeal.