As a busy homeschooling mama to 5 kids, simplifying breakfast has become my life's mission. I have spent years questioning fellow homeschooling mamas, scouring the internet, and simplifying my own recipes in an attempt to make breakfast prep as quick and easy as possible while still maintaining good nutrition.
Today's recipe feature is my number one go-to, easy, and nutritious breakfast recipe. As soon as I discovered it my first thought was: Mission accomplished. Game over. Hallelujah!
I hope you'll find Money-Saving Mom's Baked Oatmeal as amazing as I have! (It's okay if you don't. I fully realize that my passion for breakfast recipes is slightly over the top.)
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I have tried many baked oatmeal recipes in the past with no luck. Most recipes I found were something between a thick, soggy cookie bar and slimy porridge. Yuck! I finally resigned myself to the fact that we just don't like baked oatmeal.
Then one day I was searching through recipes on The Money-Saving Mom and I saw Crystal's recipe for baked oatmeal. Something about her recipe grabbed me, and I decided to give baked oatmeal one more try. Boy, am I glad I did!!
See that beautiful texture? It's the perfect consistency to crumble into your bowl.
Before we go on, I just want to be clear that this recipe is not my creation. I use the Money-Saving Mom's recipe in it's unaltered, original form, so I cannot take credit for Freezer-Friendly Baked Oatmeal. Today's post is meant to demonstrate how Crystal's recipe can be made in large-family style batches and can save you loads of time in the kitchen.
Okay, so here are my top 3 reasons why you should fall in love with Freezer-Friendly Baked Oatmeal:
1. It's delicious and nutritious
With rolled oats, milk, eggs, butter and a moderate amount of brown sugar, this recipe is a nutritious and hearty breakfast meal for children. You can take it up a notch nutritionally by using organic ingredients, free-range eggs, and healthy toppings such as coconut, chopped nuts, blueberries, etc. As for being delicious, you'll just have to try it yourself and see!
2. It's really versatile
You can serve Baked Oatmeal a number of ways so that your family doesn't become tired of it. Currently our favorite way to eat it is crumbled into a bowl with milk and brown sugar sprinkled on top. I have two kids who prefer it without milk and just eat it crumbled into a bowl with brown sugar. To change it up some, you can set out different toppings from time to time. Some toppings we have enjoyed are: shredded coconut, cranberries, raisins, chopped nuts and mini chocolate chips.
3. It's ridiculously quick and easy to make
When I say this recipe is ridiculously quick and easy, I mean that you can make 5 pans of this recipe in 20 minutes or less. Actually, it's better than that. It's so easy that your 9-year-old can make 5 pans of this recipe in 20 minutes or less. That's easy.
My nine year old making a large family style batch of Baked Oatmeal.
I divide this large-family style batch between 5 hearty pans because I have three teenage boys. If you have younger children, you could probably stretch this to 6 pans.
Isn't a bountifully stocked freezer a beautiful sight?
My 14-year-old making a large batch of Peanut Butter Cookies while little sister makes the Baked Oatmeal. (Those charger cords look like a giant spider ready to pounce on our cookies. Ha,ha!)
Below are the measurements for the large-family-style batch of Baked Oatmeal. This recipe makes 5-6 pans. Speaking of pans, I forgot to mention that the freezer pans I use (see above photo) work beautifully for stacking. They also really help to prevent freezer burn. I use them to freeze everything from lasagna to meatballs to muffins and Baked Oatmeal. Sam's Club sells them for an amazing price at 30 pans/lids for only $5.88!! I looked on Amazon, but nothing they offer comes close to this price. If you do not have a Sam's Club near you, you could always try Costco?
Please note: I do not have a printable download of the recipe because it is not my own. You can visit Money Saving Mom for the original.
Freezer-Friendly Baked Oatmeal-Large Family Style
18 cups of rolled oats
4 1/2 cups brown sugar
9 tsp baking powder
6 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
Combine and mix dry ingredients.
4 sticks melted butter
12 eggs, beaten
6 cups + 12 TBLS milk
9 tsp vanilla
Melt butter and add remaining wet ingredients. Combine all together and divide into pans. Store in freezer until ready to use. You can thaw in fridge the night before, then bake for 35-45 minutes at 350. If you have an oven with a delay start option, you can make this even easier. I pull a frozen pan out of my freezer around 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. the night before serving and put it directly into my oven. I set my delay start to come on at 7:00 a.m. Voila! My breakfast is already in the oven and baking while the children and I are getting up and having our morning devotions. It truly does not get any easier than that!
I hope you've been inspired by today's Keeping Mealtimes Simple recipe. We love comments from our readers, so if you try it, be sure to let us know!
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