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Baked Oatmeal with Dried Cranberries and Apricots

Baked Oatmeal with Dried Cranberries and Apricots
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WebMD Recipe from Foodily.com

Wholesome, filling, and a perfect alternative to soaked oatmeal porridge, baked oatmeal nourishes and satisfies. This recipe for baked oatmeal is seasoned with cinnamon and dotted by the inclusion of raisins, dried cranberries, and apricots; though you can use any dried fruit you have on hand. A combination of chopped almonds and dried cherries yields a beautiful result.

Ingredients
  • 1 pound
    steel cut oats
  • 1 cup
    walnuts or other nuts
  • 2 tablespoons
    yogurt, kefir, whey, or buttermilk, for soaking
  • 2 cups
    whole, fresh milk, (can substitute with low-fat milk to lower calories)
  • 1/4 cup
    maple syrup, optional
  • 1/2 cup
    raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup
    dried apricots, diced
  • 2 tablespoons
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup
    coconut oil, plus extra for greasing baking dish (you can substitute with low-fat cooking spray to lower calories)
  • eggs
  • dash 
    unrefined sea salt
Instructions
  1. Pour the steel cut oats and nuts into a ceramic container or mixing bowl.
  2. Add enough filtered water to completely submerge your oats and nuts. Add a dash of salt and two tablespoons of fresh yogurt, whey, kefir, or buttermilk.
  3. Allow the oats and nuts to soak, covered, overnight in a warm place in your kitchen – about 8 to 12 hours.
  4. After the mixture of oats and nuts has soaked overnight, dump them into a colander to drain and place the mixture back into the ceramic container or mixing bowl.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a 13 x 9-inch rectangular baking pan with coconut oil or another wholesome fat of your choosing.
  6. Meanwhile beat together eggs, milk, maple syrup (if you’re using it), until well-combined and frothy.
  7. Pour the mixture of eggs, milk, and maple syrup over the soaked oats and nuts, stirring well to combine into a porridge-like mixture.
  8. Gently fold dried fruit, cinnamon, and coconut oil into the porridge-like mixture.
  9. Pour the mixture into a greased baking pan and smooth it out with a rubber spatula to ensure even baking and a good appearance.
  10. Bake for forty to forty-five minutes or until the oatmeal achieves a pleasing golden-brown color on top, a knife inserted into its center comes out clean and free from liquid, and the fragrance of baked oats, dried fruit, and cinnamon perfumes your kitchen.
  11. If you can bear to wait, allow the baked oatmeal to cool for five to 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.
Nutritional Information

Makes: 16 servings
Serving Size: 1 square
  • Calories246
  • Carbohydrates26.4 g
    • Dietary fiber4.1 g
  • Cholesterol73 mg
  • Fat12.6 g
    • Saturated fat4.6 g
  • Sodium55mg
  • Protein9.0 g
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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