In my quest to find more interesting and healthy breakfast items, I came across this recipe on A Year of Slow Cooking. I so heart oatmeal...it is one of my favorite comfort meals. When I don't feel good, my mom still makes me oatmeal and it always seems to make me feel better. That just goes to show you that no matter how old you get, you still need your mommy. (If you are reading this Mom....love you!)
My oldest daughter helped me put this together because it is so easy and quick. I have to say it smelled divine while it was cooking. I have not had baked oatmeal before and I was very surprised. It was very good and had the texture of a cake or brownie. I did not add dried fruit so it was not very sweet. Next time I make this I will add some fruit. My daughter loved it as well and I put one in her lunch box.
(from One Year of Slow Cooking)
3 cups rolled (not instant) oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup dried fruit
Add all dry ingredients into the crock pot. Stir well. Add melted butter, eggs and milk stirring to incorporate.
Cover and cook on low for 3-5 hours, checking every so often. This is done when the edges are brown and are beginning to crust, and the center is set. An inserted knife should come out clean.
Allow it to cool in the crock pot for at least an hour before cutting. The longer you let it sit, the more set and brownie-like the pieces will be.