Oatmeal is one of our absolute favorite autumn and winter treats! We thought it would be fun to experiment with different flavors and share our favorites with you. My favorite is the peanut butter + jelly flavor. It was incredible. Emma's favorite is pumpkin spice. We hope you find a new favorite too!
For the classic oatmeal simply make your oatmeal according to the package directions. Once the oatmeal is done, mix in your favorite flavors!
For baked oatmeal here is a basic recipe that you can customize by adding your favorite mix-ins and toppings. In a bowl mix together 2 cups (uncooked) oatmeal, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. In another bowl combine 3 tablespoons melted (and slightly cooled) butter, 1 egg, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 cup milk. In a well greased baking dish place a thin layer of sliced bananas, then the oatmeal mix, then pour on the milk mixture. Try to distribute the milk mixture evenly over the oatmeal. Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes.
For the pumpkin spice baked oatmeal simply add 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg to the milk mixture before you pour it over the top of the oats.
For the coffee cake baked oatmeal add 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee or ground espresso to the milk mixture before pouring it over the oats. Garnish the top of the oatmeal with a crumb topping made of 2 tablespoons cold butter, 1/4 cup flour and 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar. Mix that together with your (clean) hands so that it's crumbly, sprinkle over the top of the oatmeal for the last 10 minutes of baking.
Enjoy! Emma + Elsie