Patriotic Baked Oatmeal

Happy Memorial Day! Amid weddings and backyard barbeques and garden-starting, don’t forget to stop and salute the flag, in your oatmeal.

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Patriotic Baked Oatmeal

Adapted from Penzeys Spices

1 Cup milk

1/2 Cup sugar in the raw (or white sugar)

1/2 Cup fat-free or low-fat vanilla yogurt (or plain)

2 eggs

1/4 tsp.

1 TB. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

3 Cups old-fashioned oatmeal or rolled oats

2 Cups fruit (blueberries, raspberries)

1 tsp. cinnamon/sugar

additional vanilla yogurt and fruit, optional                            

Grease a 9-inch square baking pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the milk, sugar, yogurt, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oatmeal. Mix well. Spread a layer of oatmeal mixture on the bottom of the baking pan. Fold in the fruit, or layer it in a pattern that represents your patriotic spirit, like so.

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It occurs to me only now that this order of red, blue and white is unfortunately the colors of the flag of Russia. Shh. Not my intent.

Spread more oatmeal mixture in the prepared pan over the fruit and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least a few hours). Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350° oven for about 30-35 minutes. Serve warm. Good with yogurt and even more fruit (and sugar).

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I just can’t help myself. I have to include yet another silly Izzy picture that captures her jowls from a strange angle. This photo makes my bulldog look like an English Sphinx, who feels perhaps a sense of foreboding. Haha. 

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