Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Baked Oatmeal for #FoodieExtravaganza

I am privileged to be hosting Foodie Extravaganza this month.  For those of you new to my blog, Foodie Extravaganza is a fun group where we gather each month and make a recipe based on a food or themes from The Nibble. The Nibble is a website that lists all of the American Food Holidays throughout the year.  You can search by month and you will be surprised how many National Food Holidays there are.

We always post our recipes on the first Wednesday of the month.  This month it also happens to be the first day of the month as well.  February has so many food holidays.....some that you would is national chocolate month, of course.  It is also national heart health month, national fiber focus month, national cherry month and national hot breakfast month. 

We also have days for national holidays.  February 14th is national cream filled chocolate day, today is national baked Alaska day and the second Monday of the month is national oatmeal day. 

I decided that, since it is still fairly early in the year and a lot of us are still focusing on making 2017 a healthy year, I would combine several themes and ask for recipes made with Heart Healthy, Fiber Rich Foods.  That is a very broad theme and wait until you see all the great recipes that my friends chose to share with us today.  You will find links to them underneath the recipe I have decided to share.

I combined all of those themes that I listed above and made a heart healthy, baked oatmeal with dried cherries.  To stick with the Valentine's theme, I baked them up in heart shaped muffin cups so that they could be popped into the freezer and taken out to be microwaved and served up as a hot breakfast throughout the month.  They can be served in a bowl with milk or they can be handed to your loved one like a muffin or granola bar as they run out the door. Better yet, take them with you on your next snow shoe, x country ski or hiking adventure to snack on as an energy boost half way through the activity.  Your heart will thank you.

Baked Oatmeal

1/2 c. canola oil
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
3 c. old fashioned oats
2 t. baking powder
1 c. milk
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. dried cherries

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour into a 9x9" baking pan or into 12 individual muffin tins and bake in a preheated 350* oven for 20-25 minutes, until brown.  Print Recipe

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  1. I LOVE this, especially the heart shapes. I might have to get that for Valentines' Day. Thanks for hosting, Wendy.

  2. Great minds indeed! I need to buy that mold.

    1. I use it every year for different Valentine treats....muffins, cupcakes, brownies and now oatmeal.

  3. Baked Oatmeal! What a concept!

  4. You know I love a freezer-friendly portioned breakfast! This is a yummy and sweet version of a baked oatmeal- I have everything to make this tomorrow! Yum~

  5. These look so cute in those moulds, and love how versatile they are. Thanks for hosting this month.

  6. Heart shaped oatmeal cups look so cute and healthy.

  7. I love your little heart pan! Thank you for hosting this month. I love all these healthy foods.

  8. Thanks for hosting, Wendy! I loved the theme - and adore your heart tray, too.


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