Baked Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal

We have been in a breakfast rut.  Most mornings I make eggs, but sometimes Max requests a waffle or pancakes. I need a hearty breakfast filled with protein to start the day off.  Seriously, if I have cereal for breakfast I am hungry 20 minutes later.  This baked oatmeal is one of our new favorite breakfast treats.  I am calling it a treat because it is so delicious and with very little sugar I feel good giving it to my whole family.  To make it even a little healthier I have substituted maple syrup for the brown sugar.    It can easily be doubled and I love that it can be reheated making breakfast preparation a breeze.  I often make it on the weekends to have throughout the week.  It is simple to make and perfect for a cold morning. Please share if you have any healthy & simple breakfast recipes.

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Ingredients

2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup light brown sugar or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 3/4 cups milk (I used whole)
1 large egg
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter
1 1/4 cups diced apples (I leave the skin on)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 8 square baking dish and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar (if using maple syrup mix that in with the wet ingredients), baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

3. In another small bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, applesauce, and vanilla extract (as well as maple syrup if you are using in place of the brown sugar).

4. Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the peanut butter and mix until combined. Add the apples and stir again. Pour mixture into prepared pan.

5. Bake for 35 minutes or until the top is golden and oatmeal is set. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve warm.

Note-this baked oatmeal is great reheated in the microwave. You can serve with brown sugar, an extra splash of milk, cinnamon, nuts or raisins if desired!

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

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Baked Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal

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