November through February to me, means warm meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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It’s the time of year that the oven is turned on, at least once a day. The crock pot comes out a few times a week. And cozy socks and slippers are worn throughout the day while holding mugs or bowls of warm food. One of my favorite things about winter time is the cozy feeling that something hot in your hands can bring.

This baked oatmeal fits that bill to a tee. And it’s sooo good for breakfast, or a snack, even dessert! You can eat it by itself, you can add it to some yogurt or crumble it over the top of a smoothie, you could even drizzle it with melted chocolate — just saying.

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I love too that this recipe makes enough to last us through the week. I store it in the fridge and now have breakfast ready to go for those crazy busy days [which, let’s get real, is like everyday]. One less thing for my brain to think about is like having a mini mind vacation.

The kids love this breakfast, I love that the kids love it, and I love that maybe the next thing I try it with is some spiked hot cocoa [for me]….I mean, ’tis the season, right?

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Pumpkin Cranberry Snickerdoodle Baked Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup fresh cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Pour in to the prepared baking dish, and bake for 25-28 minutes until set. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving up to the family. And don't forget the toppings! We love syrup, yogurt, chocolate chips, fresh fruit, peanut butter, or even a little melted chocolate drizzle.

Notes

recipe adapted from [Imma Eat That / http://immaeatthat.com/2015/12/30/pumpkin-snickerdoodle-baked-oatmeal/]

http://www.stephsbitebybite.com/2016/12/08/pumpkin-cranberry-snickerdoodle-baked-oatmeal/

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