Sunday, January 4, 2015

Healthy Cookie Dough Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Thanks so very much for your support of this blog over this past year.  I would be so lost without you.
I am elated to share that I gained over 5700 new LIKES at Facebook in 2014!  WOOOHOOO!!  

It's only right I would begin the year sharing an awesome oatmeal recipe. 
I'm wild about oatmeal, and have over 60 recipes at my blog using it. 

I love the recipes I see at Chocolate Covered Katie.  She experiments a lot...just look - this dish bakes at 380*!  Who else does that?  I don't know of anyone. I love that she gives options too. And it's always a healthy recipe...

I enjoyed this by topping (EVERY piece I ate) with almond butter to bump up the protein.  It was heavenly.  

I will definitely make this again.  Such a great recipe to begin the year with...a 'healthier choice'.  And it's really pretty simple to make too. 


HEALTHY COOKIE DOUGH PUMPKIN BAKED OATMEAL 

2 c. rolled oats 
1/2 tsp. salt, scant 
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice OR additional cinnamon
4 packets stevia or 1/3 c. pure maple syrup
1-1/3 c. pureed pumpkin 
1 single serving cup of applesauce, about 1/3 c. 
2/3 c. milk of choice (cut back to 1/3 c. if using maple syrup)
2 Tb. (coconut) oil or or more milk of choice 
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
optional 1/2 c. chocolate chips, plus more for the top if desired
Grease an 8" x 8" square pan. Set aside. Preheat oven to 380*F. In a large mixing bowl, stir together all dry ingredients, then add all remaining ingredients. Smooth evenly into the prepared pan, sprinkle chips on top if desired, and press down with a spoon. Bake 24 minutes, then let sit in a closed oven 20 minutes with the heat turned off. Top with syrup, or coconut or nut butter. MMMM! 

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