Nesting and baking

The last few days especially we’ve been in go mode nesting/getting everything ready for baby girl’s arrival. Along with this, my desire to bake has been through the roof. I’ve got bananas lined up to make banana bread to take with us to the hospital to give to the nurses and guests. At least, that’s the plan anyway. I could just see me making all the bread, sticking it in the freezer and then completely forgetting to take it with us. If that happens, I will be happy to eat banana bread when we come home!

Enough about bananas, I want to talk about cherries. My husband loves cherry anything, so I try to surprise him once in awhile with cherry goodies and this morning I decided to make some Cherry Baked Oatmeal instead of our usual egg dish. (Sidebar: I use to eat oatmeal every morning, loved it, and then I got pregnant and couldn’t stand the texture, but I keep trying because oatmeal is good for me.) I just remembered a week ago that I like baked oatmeal and it has a different texture than my regular oatmeal, woohoo! Let me tell you, this Cherry Baked Oatmeal was so delicious I’m already looking forward to breakfast tomorrow. 20130830-222006.jpg You can make this healthier than I did this morning if you use fresh or dried cherries instead of pie filling or make your own pie filling with stevia or honey. I do that quite a bit, but today I went for convenience.

Cherry Baked Oatmeal: Makes 6-8 large servings

2 cups milk or water (you can use almond or soy milk also)

4 eggs

1/2 cup brown sugar or honey

2 tsp Vanilla

2/3 cup coconut oil, melted butter or any other oil you have on hand, you could also substitute applesauce for the oil to make it healthier.

4 cups rolled or quick oats

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 can cherry pie filling

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium mixing bowl combine first five ingredients and mix well making sure to get the eggs beaten. Stir in oats, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Lightly grease a 9X13 pan and pour batter into pan spreading out even. Spoon cherry pie filling over the top evenly. Bake for 30 minutes. If you have leftovers like I purposely plan for, you can just reheat a portion in the microwave or eat it cold.

I will be making this again and in many variations, it was that good! Enjoy!

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