I have been dying to try this simple recipe for baked cookie dough oatmeal that I adapted from one of my favourite healthy baking websites. The original recipe made them look like cakes but because I am inpatient and insist on eating my food hot mine worked out better kept in the ramekin. This recipe tastes like a decadent cookie but is super easy to make, pretty healthy and makes a great breakfast, snack or dessert. It is also really easy to play around with the ingredients and try different combos, baked oatmeal is hard to screw up. In my books anything that is this yummy, easy, comforting and falls into the healthy column is a definitely a winner.
How have I gone my whole life without trying baked oatmeal!?!?
These proportions make 3 to 4 small ramekins full of oatmeal. You could also bake it in one large dish.
- 1 cup certified gluten-free rolled oats (I like Cream Hill Estates)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 3 or 4 TBSPs maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk (any kind) or water
- a few handfuls of semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped semi-sweet chocolate
- Optional: chopped nuts, coconut flakes and cinnamon (pecans and almonds worked well)
Preheat your oven to 400F.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and distribute into 3 or 4 ramekins (depending on their size). It is not necessary but you can coat the ramekins with a little coconut oil or vegetable oil. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until set and then increase the heat to broil for several minutes for a crispy top or just continue cooking them for a few more minutes (the cookie time really depends on your oven and how crispy you would like your top to be).
Enjoy this filling and delicious treat right out of the oven. Perfect for this cold weather we have been having. It can also be made ahead. I kept mine in the fridge for 24 hours before baking and they tasted exactly the same.
Note: If you would like it to come out as a little cake make sure to coat the ramekin with a little oil (I prefer coconut) so it will release once cooled.
Inspired by this great blog Chocolate Covered Katie that features amazing healthy version of almost every dessert imaginable, many being gluten-free.