It’s that time of year where mornings are getting hard. Maybe it’s our S.A.D., or maybe it’s survival instinct hibernation, but we can’t get our asses out of bed. Everything’s grey, and it’s windy, and it’s too cold to put our bare toes on the floor. We always oversleep so there’s no time for the luxuriating over trashy gossip mags with milky coffee that makes our day jobs tenable— but there is time for breakfast.
Baked Oatmeal tastes like cookies. No. Baked Oatmeal tastes better than cookies, because you can eat more of it before you get a tummy ache. With its bright, sunny lemon and juicy blueberries, it can shake the bleak chill off any winter morning. Make a batch on Sunday night and you will have a week of breakfasts that are worth waking up for.
This is one of our many recipes that is a few ratios followed by a couple suggestions. So long as you don’t add wildly different amounts of oats or liquids, there’s no need to be bashful. Fuck around with it. Throw in a handful of walnuts or slivered almonds, swap blueberries for dried cherries, and maybe try classic, comforting maple & cinnamon instead of lemon.
- 3 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- ¼ cup whole Flax Seeds
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Lemon, Zest only
- 1 tsp Ginger
- ½ tsp Cardamom
- ¾ tsp Salt
- 1 cup Blueberries (or more, if you feel feisty)
- 1 stick Butter, melted
- 1 cup Whole Milk
- 2 Egg, beaten
- 1 tbsp Vanilla
- Some ice cold Milk or Half and Half for serving
- Preheat your oven to 375°.
- Combine all of the dry ingredients, along with the Blueberries, in a 13x9” casserole dish.
- In a small sauce pan, melt the Butter with the Whole Milk. Allow the mixture to cool enough to not curdle shit, and add the Eggs and Vanilla. Thoroughly blend the mixture and pour over the Oats n Stuff.
- Give everything a stir, and make sure it’s evenly distributed.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, or until set and no longer jiggly.
- Serve immediately or allow the Oatmeal to cool to room temperature and stick it in the fridge. Serve warm, topped with some cold Milk (or Half and Half) and maybe a scattering of extra Blueberries