Sunday, February 10, 2013

Heart Shaped Craisin Baked Oatmeal

Heart Shaped Craisin Baked Oatmeal recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Inspired by a picture I saw on Google+ earlier this week, (thanks, Christie!) I decided to break out the cookie cutters and make my kids grin. The older boys thought the heart shaped breakfast was pretty cool and they spent the meal talking about all the Valentine fun they are planning to enjoy next week.

Whether you are cutting your oatmeal into shapes or simply slicing it in the pan*, this is a tasty, warm and hearty breakfast worthy of a special occasion or any other day. For this breakfast, soft, chewy oats and tender craisins are sweetened and then lightly spiced with cinnamon.

We've been eating baked oatmeal several times a month for years now (as evidenced by the numerous variations of it that I have posted) and we still aren't tired of it. My oldest son can assemble a pan and have it in the oven almost as quickly as I can now. (I would love baked oatmeal mornings for that reason alone!)

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Heart Shaped Craisin Baked Oatmeal
Yield: 6 servings (number of heart shapes will depend on your pan and your cookie cutter)
(printable recipe)

3 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup craisins or dried cranberries
1/4 cup light flavored olive oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 10" square (or 9" square or 7x10 or or 9x13 pan, you really can use almost any size) baking pan with parchment or foil, leaving enough extra to stand up around the sides. and set aside. Stir all the dry ingredients together and then stir in the oil. Then add the eggs and stir to combine. Add the milk last and stir again. Pour the oatmeal mixture into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out mostly clean with just oat crumbs on it. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes. Carefully lift the oatmeal out using the ends of parchment or foil. Set on the counter and slice or use a cookie cutter to create the shape you want. Enjoy!

*If you are not going to cut your oatmeal into shapes, skip the parchment paper and simply grease the pan. Serve hot from the oven and scoop with a spoon or let it cool a bit and then slice it.

FREEZER MEAL: Let the oatmeal cool completely and then cut or scoop into portions. Store the oatmeal in airtight freezer bags or containers. Reheat in the microwave with a tablespoon of water.

Heart Shaped Craisin Baked Oatmeal recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. Yum, I'd go for some of that! For breakfast or dessert!

  2. How cute - what a great was to serve oatmeal. I made oatmeal pancakes this morning and they were pretty good! This looks even better. Hope you had a nice weekend. Don't forget to stop by and enter to win the giveaway!

  3. Hi Mary! Isn't it amazing what fun cookie cutters can bring? These look delicious and healthy! Thank you for sharing. What a sweet way to end my weekend. I hope you have a great start to your week!

  4. I am making this right now.......I have even sorted out my heart shaped cutters !

  5. LOVED THIS!!!! Also reheats very well going in our normal rotation this momma is a huge fan of anything I can make ahead and the kids can warm up!!

  6. I've made two batches of the Pumpkin Spice version. Second batch I split the raisins with dried cranberries. And then I served it warm with Pumpkin Spice coffee cream poured over it. Oh wow. That is so yummy. I makes the spices really stand out.

  7. I wanted to tell you- I made these oatmeal craisin bars! My husband loved them and couldn't leave alone and yours truly either - the flavor seemed to get better each morning, too. thank you for your yummy recipes! :))