Baked Oatmeal with Maple, Brown Sugar and Toasted Nuts

Baked Oatmeal with Maple, Brown Sugar and Toasted Nuts

I came across a new way to make oatmeal and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the stove-top method. It’s so easy and we both really like the texture. It tastes like baked rice or bread pudding, only healthier.

While it takes about 50 minutes in total, including prep, don’t limit yourself to having this delicious breakfast on weekends, it heats up quite well in the microwave. And, you can go about doing other things as you don’t have to watch it!

The first time I made this, I found it too sweet – 2 tbsp of brown sugar and maple syrup was too much. Plus, milk already has quite a bit of sugar – 12 grams in 1 cup! The second time, I used 1 tbsp each and it wasn’t sweet enough. The 3rd time’s the charm … 1 ½ tbsp of each was just right. You can experiment to see what you like, in case you have a sweet tooth!

For added flavor, I’ve tried almonds, walnuts and pecans, as well as raisins and dried cranberries. Switch it up whichever way you like – this recipe is quite foolproof!

If you add additional milk to serve alongside the baked oatmeal, heat it in the microwave first. You don’t want to add cold milk to this hot and creamy goodness (H’s own kitchen note).

Baked Oatmeal with Maple, Brown Sugar and Toasted Nuts

Baked Oatmeal with Maple, Brown Sugar and Toasted Nuts

Serves 4-6
Adapted from cbc.ca

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups large-flaked oats
  • ¼ – ½ cup toasted nuts (your choice)
  • 1 ½ tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Ground cinnamon (I used ¼ tsp Saigon cinnamon or ½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon)
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 cups milk (your choice)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Grease an 8” square glass baking dish
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, mix oats, nuts, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Add milk and stir to combine
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes, until oats have absorbed the milk
  5. Serve with fresh berries, toasted nuts and hot milk

Cupcakes and Sprinkles!

Sprinkles

Sprinkles much???

Sprinkles can elevate your cupcakes from plain to awesome! It’s the easiest way to decorate and the choices are overwhelming! A trip to my local Bulk Barn store resulted in bags and bags full of colorful confetti sequins, jimmies, nonpareils, pearl dragees, and decorating sugar in so many colors ….

I came home and didn’t know what to do with them! Although I personally don’t like sprinkles (I can’t get past the crunch), the world would be pretty boring without some sparkle and color!

When I bake treats for my friends and their kids, I bring out my sprinkles and go crazy.

Here are a few of what I think you’d crave!

Kitchen note:
Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream, decorated with Wilton 1M tip.

Cupcakes and Sprinkles

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Cupcakes and Sprinkles!

Cupcakes and Sprinkles!

 

Cupcakes and Sprinkles!

 

 

 

 

 

Crofter’s Organic Premium Spreads – Product Review

Crofter’s Organic Premium Spreads

Crofter’s Organic Premium Spreads

I’m so excited to share our absolute favorite spreads with you! First off, Crofter’s Organic Spreads are called just that, and not jellies, jams or preserves. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires a product called “jelly” to contain at least 65% water-soluble solids (sugar), and must be made with concentrates or fruit juices. “Preserves” and “jams” must contain at least 55% sugar and 45% fruit. Crofter’s Fruit Spreads have only 44% sugar, so they are named spreads!

We’ve been enjoying Crofter’s Organic Spreads for the past 8 years and refuse to buy any other brand. This wasn’t always the case; we were quite loyal to another particular brand. It took us a while to get used to the taste; after all, we were used to those sugary jams and jellies that didn’t have any true fruit flavor. Even the less sweet or “all fruit” jams can’t compare to Crofter’s!

What’s impressive to us is that Crofter’s Spreads are Non-GMO Project Certified and certified organic. We’re extremely concerned with pesticides! Their products are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, and the pectin is made from apples (not chemically modified). Crofter’s packaging is glass with BPA-free metal caps! Amazing!!!

The “Premium Spreads” are made with fair trade cane sugar and have 30% less sugar than regular jams. The taste is truly delicious! We’re so hooked on the products that we’re very disappointed when we dine out and see other “jams” served. Once you try Crofter’s Organic Spreads, you’ll see what I mean, and you will “love” the pure, clean, fresh fruit flavor with a lot less sugar!

We crave them so much that we often give them as hostess gifts or part of gift bags for the holidays!

The Premium Spreads come in apricot, blackberry, blood orange, concord grape, four fruit (strawberries, raspberries, red currants and morello cherries), mango, morello cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, strawberry, wild blueberry and biodynamic blueberry. That’s a lot of flavors!!! My favorites are blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and wild blueberry. H loves strawberry!

Are you craving Crofter’s Organic Spreads???  Click here to read more!

Kitchen note:

Be sure and check out these recipes (click here) using Crofter’s Organic Spreads. I’m working my way through some and will post shortly!

Disclosure:
Products are courtesy of Crofter’s Organic. This is not a paid advertisement.