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Leftover from breakfast with a friend this morning...
Summer breakfasts are often based around granola. My husband likes to layer his with blueberries, walnuts and yogurt sweetened with a tad of honey. But when the weather turns colder, I opt for baked oatmeal. My introduction to baked oatmeal was while on a retreat in northern PA. When I came home I searched the internet until I found a recipe with a little less sugar. Here it is, tweaked a bit more.

Baked Oatmeal
3 c oats
1/3 c brown sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1/2 c applesauce
1 t vanilla
2 eggs
1 c milk
1/2 - 1 cup (total) additional yummies like: almonds, walnuts, craisins, dried cherries, grated apple, blueberries, etc. (I usually use a fruit and a nut).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together and add the nuts and fruits. Spread in greased (or sprayed) 9 x 9 inch pan. Bake 20-30 minutes. Serve with warm milk. Can be refrigerated for at least a week. I cut mine into squares and then take one square, put it in a bowl with some milk and microwave for a minute. If you'd like to save some time in the morning, you can mix it the night before, either all together, or keep the wet and dry ingredients separate and then complete in the morning. (That might keep the nuts from getting too wet.)

And for those of you who would like another granola recipe, here's the one we use. It's easy and inexpensive:

Granola
7 1/2 c oats
2 T ground flax seed (this can be bought whole and ground in the coffee grinder)
1/2 c water
1/2 c oil
1/2 c honey (if you put the oil in the measuring cup first, honey comes out easier)
dollop of peanut butter
dash of cinnamon
pinch of salt
Can add any combination of nuts either before cooking or afterwards.

Mix all ingredients and place on a greased cookie sheet. Put in a cold oven. Turn on the heat to 320 and bake for 23 minutes. Turn the oven off and let cool. This will help it crisp but not get too brown.