Baked oatmeal is such a great meal to make after dinner one night so that you can eat it for several mornings thereafter. Even though I'm home every day, if I don't make this the day before, I'm not making it for breakfast that day. I'm not good with breakfasts that have to be prepared and then baked for a little while. I pretty much need to eat as soon as I make it into the kitchen in the morning. :)
I like to have a lot of variation in the foods that we eat but I found that I was making the same baked oatmeal over and over again. I like it that much! But, like anything else, I was finally ready to change it up. I've been seeing a lot of chai tea inspired dishes and thought that those spicy and warm flavors would go great with oatmeal. The combination of spices with the chewy oats made for a delicious breakfast that we all enjoyed. Cardamom is an essential part of chai and the only reason it is not included in the recipe below is because I was out of it when I made this oatmeal. If you have cardamom around, definitely experiment with the amount and add it to your dish!
Chai Spiced Baked Oatmeal
2 cups uncooked oats
¼- ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed (based on sweetness preference)
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp. ground ginger
Pinch ground clove
⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg
Pinch of Kosher salt
Pinch of black pepper
1 ½ cups milk
½ cup applesauce
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 egg, lightly beaten
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Combine oats through black pepper in a large bowl and stir to combine.
3. In another bowl combine milk through egg and whisk together.
4. Add milk mixture to oat mixture and stir well. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 20-30 minutes, until set and top is lightly browned. Serve warm.
adapted from Cooking Light