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Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal

It all started with crazy sock day.

This is the baked oatmeal recipe that was supposed to be Cherry almond oatmeal, but turned out instead to be cherry juice infused cranberry almond oatmeal.

I know, the horror, right? A supposed “real food blogger” using cherry juice infused cranberries?!?

Well, it all started when I procrastinated making my recipe for the secret recipe club and then I also needed to take the little guy to the store to buy some socks for crazy sock day at school the following day.

 

Well, in our rush to grab cherries, we got sidetracked by crazy socks and by valentines that could be folded into paper airplanes. Because those just rock a 6 year old’s world. What is better than getting 32 paper airplane valentines when there are only 17 kids in your class and you are left to make 15 airplanes for yourself to scatter all around your house?!

So in my defense that is why I used cherry juice infused cranberries. Because they had CHERRY written on the front in big letters and I just grabbed the bag and when I got home and realized it., I was not making another trip to the store so we can just pretend these are cherries and I didn’t commit a real food crime, K?

I found this recipe at Singer’s Kitchen. Noelle is a vegan who loves to cook and sing opera. Her blueberry oatmeal smoothie and cherry almond oatmeal both looked so tasty. But, since it is winter and this would be my 4th month doing oatmeal for the secret recipe club, I just had to go with the cherry almond oatmeal. 

Now, lets get down to the business of how to make this tasty, healthy breakfast. First measure out 2 cups of oats.

Dump the oats, 2 cups of water and 1/4 cup of yogurt (vinegar or lemon juice) into a bowl, mix, cover and soak overnight. I leave it out on the counter and have never had any trouble
That morning when you’re ready to have bake the oatmeal you’ll want to preheat the oven and grate an apple.
Then, add an egg, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup cherries, the grated apple, a tablespoon of melted butter, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the oat mixture and stir until incorporated. Want to try making your own vanilla extract? It is super easy!
Butter a 8×8 pan (or a pan close in size) and spread the oat mixture into the pan. Top with almonds and the remaining cherries.
Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes, or until the oatmeal is set and slightly golden.
Cut into slices and serve like a breakfast cake. The little guy who is normally a s-l-o-w eater gobbled this stuff up like it was cake and declared it a signature dish(highest honors here).

 

PS- The winner of the Wholesome Comfort ebook is Karen, who said that her favorite comfort food is cookies! I will be emailing you, Karen.

CHERRY ALMOND OATMEAL BAKE
serves 42 cups oats
2 cups water
1/4 cup yogurt

Mix oats, water and yogurt, cover and soak overnight.

1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cherries (or any dried fruit you prefer)
1 apple, grated
1 egg
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla (try homemade vanilla extract)

Preheat oven to 350.

Stir in syrup, 1/4 cup cherries, apple, egg, butter and vanilla.

Butter a 8×8 pan and pour in oat mixture. Sprinkle on the rest of the cherries and the almonds.

Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, or until it is set and slightly golden.

 

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