Oh.em.gee. You guys, Christmas is a week from Sunday. And I just realized that the one last minute gift I wanted to get will most def. not be delivered in time. Eek, I’m the worst. For someone who loves to give gifts, I’m either insanely over-prepared and buy my gifts in July, or I totally space and realize five days before that I still need to buy a gift.
Does anyone else have just a little bit of anxiety over picking gifts? I’m not talking that paralysis that some people get where they end up buying you just a bunch of tchotchkes (ahem, Husband who bought me actual hair pomade for our first Christmas), but that tiny bit of anxiety where you’re really invested in making sure that you get that person *just*the*right*gift*. It’s useful, and it shows that you get them, but also shows that you really put thought into it, and isn’t flashy. Omg. The anxiety.
First world problems I guess.
But after you open all your gifts Christmas morning you don’t want to spend time making some complicated breakfast flipping pancakes or waiting for your waffle iron to heat up between every waffle. You want something that you can prepare ahead of time, bake and have everyone eat at once.
Enter baked oatmeal. My new favorite obsession. This oatmeal has all those cheery Christmas/winter spices, cranberries, and of course eggnog. Because eggnog is life. If you disagree then fine, but you’re wrong.
So you can whip up this dish pretty quick, prep it all before the kiddos get out of bed, throw it in the oven while they tear through their gifts and it be ready and steamin’ hot when you’re done. Wham bam thank you Santa.
- 1½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
- ½ cup brown sugar, loosely packed
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- pinch of cloves
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup eggnog (or whole milk)
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ⅔ cup fresh cranberries
- Whipped cream or maple syrup for serving
- Heat oven to 350 and grease a medium to small casserole dish and set aside.
- In a large bowl mix your oats, sugar, spices, and other dry ingredients. Set aside.
- In a 2-cup measuring cup whisk together your wet ingredients.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula. Stir in the cranberries and pour into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 25 minutes until the oatmeal is set and the cranberries start to burst. Serve with whipped cream or maple syrup