While my fiance and I were visiting Hershey, PA recently, my sister (who was working there for the summer) brought us to a coffee shop called The Cocoa Beanery. My fiance tried and fell in love with the freshly-made baked oatmeal and I've been trying to find a good, somewhat-healthy recipe ever since. I'm hoping one of you has some ideas of where to look. Thanks in advance for any info! :)
I'll tell you exactly where to look. Heidi Swanson (101cookbooks.com) has a baked oatmeal recipe in her newest cookbook, Super Natural Every Day. http://www.eatyourbooks....pes/553730/baked-oatmeal
She really kind of specializes in healthy but delicious vegetarian cooking, and she has rarely disappointed me in the 8+ years I've been cooking from her blog. Both "Super Natural" books are really unique in the cookbook world, and I recommend them both highly for everyday kind of cooking.
If you like peanut butter, this one is good.
For fruit you can use this recipe (my own). To make it healthier, you can sub out the oil with applesauce and reduce the brown sugar.
Recipe for Baked Cherry Oatmeal Ingredients 3 cups old fashioned oats 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted butter 1 cup milk 1/2 tsp almond extract 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup pitted and chopped cherries Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13" by 9" pan with cooking spray. I usually use a pyrex pan for baked oatmeal. In a large mixing bowl, add dry ingredients and then wet ingredients. This recipe is extremely forgiving, so if you add something out of order, it isn't a big deal. Use a spatula to combine the mixture. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes or so, until a knife in the center comes out clean and the top is nicely browned. Allow to cool completely before cutting or else your bars will fall apart. (It does taste great right out of the oven though). I always refrigerate or freeze the baked bars.
Bill Granger made some in an episode of Bill's Tasty Weekends. The photo doesn't do it justice, but I'm quite sure it'd be delicious. A clip of him cooking it is on youtube too.
I tried a version from Not Your Mother's Casserole Cookbook. I found it to be mushy, unlike the way I like my oatmeal. I'm happy to hear that someone, somewhere, enjoyed this approach to oatmeal, as it does seem time efficient. I do own super natural every day, but have not yet tried that recipe. Maybe now I will!
If you are curious about reviewed recipes, I suggest you try COOKBOOKER.com - searching for baked oatmeal will bring up both these recipes, along with associated reviews (sadly only one review each).
Thank you all for the suggestions! I can't wait to try them out!