Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Years Resolutions......Do they really work

New Years Resolutions everyone makes them and most people break them. You hear about them non stop before the new year starts then the fade into the background. This year I made one that I think I can actually keep, or well mostly keep. I decided I wanted to eat healthier not healthy but healthier. Because lets face it I have a food blog that is mainly devoted to baking and the stuff I bake certainly would not be considered health food. And I'm not one of those people who does really well when people tell you you can't do something. So restrictive diets don't work for me. So we are going to work with the everything in moderation, because tell me if you made Smores Bread Pudding you could restrain yourself and not eat any and just take pictures. That wouldn't make a very good food blogger. So in an effort to eat healthier I decided I should probably start eating breakfast, or well a more substantial breakfast because half a cereal bar and some water just wasn't cutting it. So I came up with this Baked Oatmeal breakfast, it might not be perfect in the health department but its a step in the right direction. Its basically a vehicle for the fruit and something to fill me up and keep me that way for a while. I have been making this on Sundays and portioning it out for the week so its less work in the morning as well. Well I hope I can keep up this New Years Resolution and I hope you can keep yours as well.


Baked Oatmeal

8 tablespoons of butter
1 1/2 cups of AP Flour
2 cups of Quick Cooking Oats
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 cups of buttermilk
4 cups of fruit of your choosing I used peaches and blackberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place the butter in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Place the pan in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the butter is melted. While the butter is melting combine the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Once the dry ingredients are combined add in the buttermilk and vanilla and stir until combined. Dollop the batter all over butter in the bottom of the pan, do not mix together. Then nestle your fruit into the oatmeal trying to be as even as possible. Its a lot of fruit so it will get a little crowded but just look for an empty spot. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes or until the center of the dish is firm.


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17 comments:

  1. I love this idea! I've always liked the idea of doing a bunch of oatmeal at once so I can grab it and go.

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  2. Can you believe that so far I've been following my resolution? Well, i didn't really share it with anybody but me. I know it's not fair, the thing is I can not afford to feel guilty if I don't follow my resolution. For this year, I don't have a lot, and just keep it to myself. And I am much happier with that.
    Anyway, I like your baked oatmeal. Sounds like my kind of breakfast. It's healthy/healthier (if you skip or reduce the buttermilk and the sugar) and have lots of vitamin from the fruit.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Elra

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  3. That looks wonderful! I applaud your efforts for getting in a 'real' breakfast every morning! If I skip breakfast it's all over by 10 am or so. Sounds so good.

    Best,
    Emily
    www.justeatfood.com

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  4. Buttermilk is actually very low in fat/no fat. I use the powdered type so that I always have it on hand. I'm going to try it with whole wheat pastry flour and agave nectar in place of the sugar. The amount of butter is very reasonable since it makes a 13x9 pan. Great idea to start your resolution with breakfast!

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  5. I'd love this for breakfast. It's healthy - its got oats and cinnamon is very good for you too!

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  6. I'm glad you're on your way to keeping your New Year's Resolution. Well done! This dish looks like a great variation of bread pudding. Really lovely!

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  7. I like the sound of baked oatmeal!

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  8. If you use old fashioned oatmeal it'll be even better for you, and not take any longer to bake. The thicker oatmeal releases its carbs more slowly and prevents sugar spiking.
    SHORT and more RELEVANT version, WOW that looks DELICIOUS!

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  9. that's a very reasonable resolution. i personally have stopped making them--i never follow through. :)
    great twist on oatmeal, too--you should enter it in my cinnamon celebration!!

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  10. Looks delicious! I have to try this.. I either grab cereal or I don't bother eating at all and I'm starving by lunchtime.. Thanks.

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  11. That looks really yummy. i've been a fan of baked oatmeal for about a year...this is the recipe i use as a jumpoff, but i'll have to give yours a shot. good luck on the resolutions.

    http://ourkitchensink.wordpress.com/2007/12/22/snowy-morning-breakfast/

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  12. Elle - Its nice because you can make it in advance.
    Elra - I keep saying I should reduce the sugar but then I worry it won't taste good so I won't eat it.
    Ebagger - I'm the same way if I don't eat then I'm eating everything I can get my hands on later in the day.
    Judy - I thought about the whole wheat flour route and I might have to give it a shot but I have never used Agave nectar you will have to let me know how it turns out.
    Gastro - I do what I can :)
    Joy - Its the little things I think people can manage to keep up better than the big things.
    Kevin - Thanks!
    Anon - I have used Old Fashioned since I first posted and it does work the same. Thanks!
    Grace - I know a lot of people with that resolution!
    Ash - I get the same way If I don't eat!
    Anon - Thanks, Ill have to check yours out and see how it looks.

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  13. The baked oatmeal looks VERY appetizing to me! I'm like you, when I'm told I can't do something I tend to not listen. ;)

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  14. Just made this--it's delicious! Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  15. I eat oatmeal for breakfast everyday, this is a dish I am definitely bookmarking. Can I use whole oats do you think ?

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  16. WOW! Perfect breakfast. I am so trying this! Found you on Grace's blog for the cinnamon celebration. Glad I did.

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  17. Nothing with that much butter should be considered healthy.

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