So I’ve been pretty darn good about keeping almost everything I consume pretty healthy these past few months. I dedicate weekdays to reasonable and wholesome homemade meals while weekends are dedicated to whatever can reasonably fit into my stomach. This weekend felt like no exception.
Friday night consisted of noodles from Ding’s Garden and honey ice cream from Honeymee (cue ‘HMMM!’). Saturday consisted of fish burgers and salt&pepper garlic fries from Bachi Burger (whose lunch service sucked btw. i’ll keep shouting that out from the rooftops. they got me super grumps), cold brew from Intelligentsia, honey lavender cheesecake from Pie Hole, and a hot pot (Mokkoji)/cupcake (Sprinkles) laden girl’s night out with Jen. Phew. Sorry. Don’t judge my stomach. I swear I shared.
Sunday? Since I’ve designated today to errands (car wash, laundry, other-responsible-adult-things, etc), I figured why not make something too? Something healthy to ease off the fat weekend and a nice little jumpstart to another good week.
I had this recipe bookmarked for quite some time due to never cooking with oats before. I’ve only really made the instant stuff and I tend not to order oat/granola dishes during brunch (I mean, why if benedicts and pancakes are just RIGHT there?!). So I gave it a shot.
Verdict? It’s good! Like, healthy good. Definitely a perfect weekday morning before work sort of good. Probably not satisfactory for a lazy Sunday afternoon good. Add vanilla ice cream on top, then definitely 😉
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup dried cherries
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small square pieces
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F and grease an 8×8 casserole dish with cooking spray.
Mix the oats, dark brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, almonds, and cherries in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in the milk, egg, and vanilla extract. Mix it very well. Pour everything into the casserole dish and dot the top with the small pieces of butter.
Put it in the oven and leave for 25-30 minutes, until it gets golden brown on top and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
There was something about the smell of cinnamon, brown sugar, and milk all mixed up that made everything smell so dang lovely. This recipe is super easy, guys. Not even kidding. I would probably add more vanilla extract and use a bit more salt, but those are just my preferences.
I’m going to be saving the rest for my Monday morning, but as for tonight? I’m craving pizza.
Recipe from PureWow.