Baked Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

I always wanted to like oatmeal. I loved the smell and I liked it in things but I could never like just oatmeal. I cannot tell you how many boxes of oatmeal my mom bought that I would barely get into before I decided that I could not eat anymore.

Last year I found a recipe for baked oatmeal. Now why had I never thought of that?!?! Ever since then, I have it almost everyday for breakfast and so does my husband. We even made a big batch and they freeze well. Here is the how-to…

Mix all the dry ingredients together (oatmeal, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and brown sugar).

Add in the wet ingredients and mix (milk, pumpkin, vanilla).

Mix in the chocolate and any other fill ins you want.

Grease a muffin pan, and fill the cups evenly.

Bake at 380 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Baked Chocolate Chip Oatmeal (adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)

2 cup oats (I use steel cut)

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cloves

1 tsp allspice

3 tbsp brown sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin (or applesauce)

1 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

chocolate chips (I do not measure and just add as many as I like)

Optional ideas: 1 to 2T oil or favorite nut butter (if oil, scale the milk back a tiny bit), raisins, nuts, and dried cranberries. You can also add 1 tsp nutmeg but I am just not a fan.

Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Combine dry ingredients and mix. Then add in wet ingredients. Pour into 12 cup greased muffin pan. Cook for 20 minutes, or more until it gets firm.

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