The exciting thing about this recipe is that it's easy... which is exactly what I need many of my recipes to be. I love to cook, but finding the time can be ridiculously insane when my primary job is (kid) taxi driver. Which is the exact reason I love to make things in batches, then I'm set with breakfast or whichever meal for a few days.
Oats are never too flashy, but the addition of dried figs and hazelnuts makes it just a little special. If you don't have either of those on hand, you could of course use whatever dried fruit and nuts you have. I happen to love figs, and hazelnuts pair really well with them! Plus, it's one final nod to late summer flavors :)
I like this baked oatmeal because of its chewy texture- no mushy oats out of a vat for me! And, it has cholesterol lowering potential which is super important to me as I combat my familial high cholesterol genes with diet and exercise.
You could serve this cake-like on a plate, or do what I do, and scoop it into a bowl, warm it, and spoon a little non-dairy yogurt or milk over it. Either way, it's comforting, filling, and easy!
Baked Oatmeal with Figs & Hazelnuts
1 cup steel cut oats
1/4 cup oat bran
2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 medium apple, chopped
1/4 cup dried figs (about 4), chopped
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients in an 8x8 baking dish. Bake 45 minutes. Serve warm with a bit of yogurt and fresh figs if desired.
Nutrition: 311 calories, 15g fat, 1.2g sat fat, 174mg sodium, 41g CHO, 7g fiber, 15g sugar (8g added sugar), 8g PRO