Amish Baked Oatmeal


I LOVE having this stuff on hand for breakfasts (and snacks)!!!  My Mom got us hooked on this as she makes it often, too. It is tasty, pretty good for you, and I make it in a 10x14x2 pan so I get plenty.  For the ingredients, the regular recipe is for a 9×13 pan so I will put the measurements I use for my 10×14 in parenthesis.  Also, I’ve played around with the add ins, just using what I have.  Chopped fresh apples are tasty, and this morning I really went crazy and added 1/4 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 a bag of chocolate chips, a big handful of dried cranberries and about 1/3 cup sliced almonds; its been in 10 min and already smelling yummy!  Okay, the recipe:

3/4 (1) cup oil or melted butter or a combination of both
1 1/2 (2) cups brown sugar
1/4 (1/3) cup honey
3 (4) eggs
3/4 (1) teaspoon salt
3 (4) teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 (2) cups milk
4 1/2 (6) cups oats
3 (4) teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 (2/3) cup applesauce (I use unsweetened)
1/2 (2/3) cup chopped nuts
1/2 (2/3) cup raisins or other dried fruit

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease a 9×13 (10×14) pan.  Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well to thoroughly combine.  Pour into prepared pan.  Bake for 35 to 40 min. or until lightly browned.

To serve, cut into squares.  Some of my gang likes to eat it like a crumbly cake on a plate, others crumble it into a bowl and pour a little milk (or eggnog!!!) on top.

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