Life is like a box of chocolates.
At least my life is, or was this past weekend. And yes, I sampled just about all of them.
You can’t hand me a big box of Godiva dark chocolates and expect me to eat just one.
Just one chocolate would be dumb. That’s right, dumb.
Who eats just one? I can’t understand the point or enjoyment of that.
A while back I shared a post all about oatmeal which included this little fun fact graphic.
I love combining steel-cut oats and old-fashioned rolled oats which is exactly what I do each week when I make our oatmeal servings in advance.
I normally cook four servings at a time (2 servings steel-cut + 2 servings old-fashioned rolled oats + chia seeds) and then store them in the refrigerator.
Each morning we heat a serving up (or eat it cold, I really liked it cold with yogurt) and mix in our favorite fruits and peanut butter.
When I am out for breakfast or brunch though and baked oatmeal is on the menu, that dish just steals my heart.
Served with a side of milk, the texture of baked oatmeal is just perfect. It’s chewy and dense laced with various fruits and sometimes walnuts giving you the feeling and flavor of comfort.
I really thought that my first recipe using my new cast iron skillet would contain a giant chocolate chip cookie.
I was wrong.
Last week I decided to make a baked oatmeal after my long run so that I could have it for lunch and leave us with leftovers for the week since I knew my son would enjoy it too.
I loosely followed this recipe and made some fruity adjustments as I went.
This is another one of those recipes where you can get creative on your own.
Select the fruits you enjoy, add in some nuts for crunch if you so desire (and aren’t allergic) and go for chocolate chips if you feel like it.
I used blueberries and diced granny smith apples because that’s what I had in the house. I would have totally added bananas but they weren’t ripe yet!
Here are some great oatmeal flavor combinations just in case you need some help in that department:
Blueberries + bananas
Blueberries + bananas + walnuts
Blueberries + apples
Apples + raisins
Apples + pears + raisins
Peaches + pears + dried cranberries + walnuts
Raisins + bananas
Strawberries + bananas
Strawberries + chocolate chips
Blueberries + raspberries + blackberries + strawberries (+ sliced almonds)
If you are allergic to nuts, granola makes a nice crunchy addition too!
Mash banana into the batter or layer the slices on top. Mix in peanut butter or save it for on top.
Any combination can really work, it all depends upon what you like!
You do not have to use a cast iron skillet – a simple oven-safe dish is fine too.
The whole benefit of the cast iron skillet is for even heat distribution (and for saying you cook with cast iron cookware).
I did not use added sugar in this baked oatmeal. Of course you can, I just prefer to go with the sweetness from the fruits rather than mask it.
I really like to eat the baked oatmeal warm in a bowl, mashed up all nice with milk and peanut butter.
You can however, eat it on a plate with a fork.
Or with your fingers. It’s so delicious, especially eaten cold while standing in front of the refrigerator which I can vouch for since I have been picking apart our leftovers every time I open the fridge door until suddenly, there’s nothing left.
Which means you make another one.
My plan is to make another baked oatmeal…vegan style. Stay tuned for the recipe!Yum! Cast Iron Skillet Baked Oatmeal #breakfast #oatmeal #bakedoatmeal Click To Tweet
Best chocolate/dessert you ate over the weekend? I love truffles!
What are your favorite mix-in’s for oatmeal?
If you don’t drink dairy milk, do you drink something other than almond milk?