Baked Oatmeal with Apples and Raisins


2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats or quick oats
1 3/4 cups water
1 large apple, cored, skin on, and chopped  (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix all
ingredients together with a spoon.

Spread into an 8x8-inch square baking pan lined with unbleached
parchment paper (or use a silicone pan), and bake uncovered for
30 minutes, until lightly browned on top.

Spoon out portions while warm for breakfast, topped with cut up
fruit if you like, or let cool and cut into snack bars.

Makes 5 servings (or 12-15 bars).

Sweeter Baked Oatmeal: Soak 6 medjool dates, pitted and
chopped in the water to soften (15 to 30 minutes). Blend in a
food processor until smooth.

Strawberry-Cardamom Baked Oatmeal: Instead of the apples
and raisins, add in 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries and tsp.
ground cardamom. Make this version unsweetened or with dates.

Other fruit options: sliced pineapple, bananas, pears,
raspberries, and/or blueberries.

Straight Up Food recipe.