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Baked Oatmeal

I love December. Every year, without trying, I get stupidly excited about Christmas – and go at it with the enthusiasm of a six year old who’s acquired a few domestic skills along the way. But with that, though, comes the stress of the season, which gives everything sparkly about this month a run for its money. I am busier than ever this year but I don’t want to let holiday stress cast a dark pall over these next couple weeks, so I spent some time really considering what I need to keep myself from turning into a scrooge. I made a list and I will be checking it twice. A list of things that make me happy, that inspire me, that calm me down. We all need one of these. Here’s a few of mine: evening walks, podcasts, friends, nourishing + cozy food, hot mugs of tea, reading, getting away from the internet, getting enough sleep, going out to dinner, nerding out in front of the Christmas tree with sentimental movies. (I do that.)


A lot of these things are obvious, right? It’s hard, sometimes, to remember to do when we’re so busy, but so important at this time of year – taking a moment for ourselves. This baked oatmeal is all about taking care, taking that moment. It’s nourishing and healthy but hearty and cozy too. And, it’s made a believer of me. Oatmeal’s everydayness sometimes leaves something to be desired. Making it like this takes it to another level. I made it late at night for the following morning but think it’s best immediately out of the oven. You get this wonderful, toothsome crust and a kind of buoyancy and heft to the oatmeal that’s very much absent in its stovetop form. Hope your season’s bright.

Winter berries

adapted from Heidi Swanson via Lottie + Doof

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/3 cups almond milk
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 firm apple, cut into chunks
1 firm, ripe Fuyu persimmon, cut into chunks

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oats, pecans, cinnamon, cardamom and sea salt. In a separate, larger bowl, whisk together the almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract with the egg. Next, fold in the apples and persimmons.

Slowly fold the dry ingredients into the wet.

Grease a 9-inch cast-iron skillet or 9-inch baking pan. Pour wet oatmeal mix into baking vessel.

Bake at 375 degrees for roughly 45 minutes – but be sure to check on it around 30 minutes in.

Serve with more almond milk and maple syrup if desired.

  • Melissa // thefauxmartha - I always wish for more time to enjoy Christmas. I guess the time is now. Thanks for the reminder. And I love this recipe. Baked oatmeal is one of my faves!ReplyCancel

  • Heather @opgastronomia - Oh this looks tasty and healthy and warming for this cold month in Brooklyn. If only you’d stop teasing me with those persimmons… :) My favorite Christmas movie of late: Scrooged! Bill Murray. So funny.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I’ve never tried persimmons! They sound lovely though!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Oh hot tea and podcasts are way I like to spend my free time, too! Or, the time I actually remember to take some time for myself.ReplyCancel

  • Laken | Farmhouse - I love that you made a list. That’s a great idea and something I need to do for myself. With school and everything else, I’m afraid that this season that I love with fly by with truly enjoying it.

    I’ll definitely be slowing down and trying this recipe soon!ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food - I so rarely cook oatmeal at home. It’s only when I’m out to breakfast and I feel like having something on the healthier side that I eat it. But baked oatmeal with all this lovely fruit and spices… how can you go wrong?ReplyCancel

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen - Podcasts are totally my thing. I love ’em. I tried this baked oatmeal and LOVED it. I love the addition of apples and persimmons. Delicious looking!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Gordon - Merry, merry! I’m the same way…christmas music, cookies, bad movies by the Christmas tree. I’ve been meaning to do a baked oatmeal lately at home and have been dying over persimmons lately, so thank you for this. Happy weekend, my friend.ReplyCancel

  • tracy - i love this oatmeal and your additions sound fantastic!

    Right now I am sitting next to a stack of xmas cards that need addressing and a few lists of things to do this weekend (UGH!) but your words and your pictures are distracting me. Thank you for that.

    also- you should add my podcast to your list ;) just sayin’ReplyCancel

  • la domestique - I’ve got to try a baked oatmeal like this. I bet it makes the kitchen smell so good. Your post here is a great reminder to slow down and enjoy the small pleasures that make this time of year special.ReplyCancel

  • Irene - This looks so, so good!ReplyCancel

  • Cookie and Kate - I couldn’t agree more. It’s so important to relax and enjoy the holiday season rather than stress about the details while it passes us by. I’ve made a variation on Heidi’s oatmeal before and loved it. Your apple version looks hearty and perfect for cold mornings!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - I love the idea of baking oatmeal. And I might be borrowing your list of ways to chill. Happy Holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - Man, I totally love this time of year, but I agree, it’s busier than ever. I like to let myself indulge more than usual – hot chocolate, ginger cookies, and comfort food. So great to see you last night, friend! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - Walks, podcasts, oatmeal, going out to dinner, getting off the internet (anything with a screen, really) – all things that are part of my taking care list too. I love this time of year too, despite the fact that it sometimes feels a bit shadowed by exams, research projects, and work. Grateful for it all though, it’s easy to when doing like you say – taking care through it all. Being alive and tasting it all along the way is so worth it. Happy Holidays to you, lovely lady.ReplyCancel

  • Sharyn Dimmick - What a yummy sounding baked oatmeal combination: cardamom, apples, persimmons, pecans and maple syrup. I made some gingerbread baked oatmeal last month and it was pretty tasty.ReplyCancel

  • kickpleat - This is so similar to the one I made and yes, it’s totally cozy and comforting. It’s so hard to detach and find time to yourself, but good for you. Take care!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie-Lyn from Gypsy Dust Vintage - I’m a new reader to your blog. It’s lovely.

    I just made this recipe this morning & it was delicious! Thank you so much for sharing it. It’ll definitely become a breakfast staple in my home.

    {The only thing I would change is the salt content. It tasted a bit too salty to me. Maybe next time, I’ll cut it by half??}ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - I just made this for my boyfriend and I to enjoy while sipping coffee and watching Game of Thrones. I didn’t have any apples on hand so I used a bartlett pear. It was very delicious! I’m glad that our first experience eating persimmons was such a lovely one.

    Thanks Kimberley!ReplyCancel

  • P - Simply Beautiful Kimberly,

    I have eaten oat bran mixed with flax seed meal for breakfast every day for at least the past 15 years. Besides helping build Bob’s Red Mill empire, I suspect and hope it is helping me stay healthy. I pour it in a big bowl, pour enough water to cover it by a couple inches, and nuke it for about 3-4 minutes. I usually add walnuts and either blueberries or bananas. On a long, lazy weekend morning, I might add quinoa. To do this, I just precook the quinoa for about 5 minutes before adding the oat bran. With a cup of coffee, this breakfast sustains me for at least 3-5 hours. Please tell me I haven’t wasted the last 15 years of my life!ReplyCancel

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