Quick Breakfast: Oatmeal Clafouti

Like millions of others, my wife and I kicked off 2012 by rededicating ourselves to our workout routine. We go to the gym in the morning, which means a rather late start to the day if we have a hot breakfast of oatmeal after we get back. I wanted to make a breakfast ahead of time that was fast and nutritious – and if it had oats in it, all the better.

Through The Kitchn blog I learned about oatmeal clafoutis, which are basically baked oatmeal bars. I liked their proposed storage system, too – wrap the bars in plastic wrap and freeze. Then defrost overnight and warm in the microwave.

Another great thing about these bars? I can use up some of the ingredients in my great pantry purge. This is a very forgiving recipe; basically fill it with whatever you like in your oatmeal. It reheats well and will taste even better with a topping of fresh fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats (I finished off my quick-cooking oats this time, but the larger rolled oats are much better.)
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup raisins (or cranberries, or your other favorite dried fruit)
  • 1/3 cup nuts, chopped (walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts are the clear go-to nuts for this recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the oats, sugar, dried fruit, nuts, cinnamon and salt together.

 

 

Step 2. Combine the beaten eggs, milk and vanilla in another bowl. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir together.

 

 

Step 3. Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13-inch pan. Then lay the apple slices on top. Bake for 60 minutes, or until the center is nicely firm.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes if serving right away. Otherwise, allow to cool completely before slicing and wrapping individual servings in plastic.

 

  • randeegf

    These look perfect for a quick breakfast–or a breakfast to go!  Thanks!

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