Baked Oatmeal (Variation)
I came across this recipe on the Weight Watchers web forum
and have modified it a little. E.g., it called for 1/2
cup Splenda but it's plenty sweet with all the bananas
and who needs chemicals? This one uses more oats and less
milk, so it isn't soggy, and more spices. I usually add
walnuts which weren't in the original recipe. Despite its
homely name I love it. It's easy to make, full of healthy
ingredients, light, moist, chewy, flavorful, and especially
nice to make in winter when you want to heat up your
kitchen with the oven. It's a Weight Watchers Core recipe
if you use skim milk and leave out the walnuts. If you
leave in the good-for-you walnuts, add 2 points per square.
(Any left-over canned pumpkin keeps in the refrigerator
for a while and can be used for several batches over time.)
Nutrition data per square (1/8 of recipe):
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix these dry ingredients together in a large bowl:
- 3 cups dry uncooked oatmeal (regular, not quick or instant)
- 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2-1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves (optional)
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
- Mix these wet ingredients well in blender:
- 2 eggs or 1/2 cup eggbeaters
- 1/2 cup milk (skim or 1% work fine, soymilk would probably be fine, too)
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin or unsweetened applesauce (or apple butter if you want it to be sweeter)
- 2 large bananas or 3 small bananas
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix.
Then stir in these:
- 1 c. chopped walnuts (optional but highly recommended)
- 1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries (optional, but highly
recommended). If frozen, do NOT thaw first. Take them
out of the freezer at the last minute so they are frozen
when you stir them in. Otherwise, the dough will turn
- Spread in lightly oiled 8x8 or 11x7" pan.
- Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. (Convection oven, 35+ minutes.)
They should be moist and chewy but not soggy. Maybe a little
crispy along the edges.
- Cut into eight squares. Store in refrigerator.
- Eat cold, or, it's good heated up in the microwave (with a tiny
bit of butter on top)
Variations I've tried. Very good.
- Calories: 284
- Carbs: 37 g
- Fat: 13 g
- Protein: 8 g
- Fiber: 6 g
- Sugar: 11 g
Variations that I haven't yet tried that might be good (untested,
try at your own risk!!!)
- Use craisins (sweetened dried cranberries) instead of blueberries.
- Use chopped prunes instead of blueberries.
- Use raisins instead of blueberries.
- Use chopped apple instead of blueberries.
- Perhaps use more pumpkin/applesauce and less milk.
- Perhaps add a little butter or oil in place of some of the milk.
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