“cranpumpkappcan” holiday baked oatmeal

Do you also have difficulty choosing a single kind of pie on Thanksgiving? I tend to go with the tiny little sliver approach – of all of the kinds. This oatmeal is of the same “all of the kinds” mentality. It’s an “everything” holiday version of Thanksgiving dessert, in breakfast form.

I know it sounds like it might be over the top. Pumpkin. Apple. Maple syrup. Cranberries (& some dried tart cherries). And Pecans. But when you smell this baking, it’s like Thanksgiving arrived early. And oh boy, you can bet that I’ll be having this again before Christmas.

“crampumpkappcan” holiday baked oatmeal

based on this baked oatmeal recipeof Heidi’s

This easily serves 10-12 people. It can be cut in half if desired.

1½ cups pecans
1 can pumpkin
2 Tbsp butter
2 apples, cored and diced
1½ cups fresh cranberries
1 cup dried cherries (or dried cranberries), chopped
½ cup water

3½ cups milk
⅔ cup maple syrup
2 eggs
1½ Tbsp vanilla extract
4 Tbsp butter, melted, cooled slightly

4 cups rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

On the stove top, in a pot, toast the pecans, until just beginning to brown. Remove from the pot and roughtly chop. Divide pecans in half.

In the same pot, add butter. When it is melted, sauté the apples over medium heat. The butter might begin to brown a little bit. This is perfectly delicious. No cause for concern. Add in the water and fresh cranberries and allow the apples to continue to soften and the cranberries to pop. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add pumpkin, cook for a few minutes more. Remove from heat.  Add in the dried cherries and half the pecans.

Mix the milk, syrup, eggs, vanilla and melted butter together. Dump into the pot on the stove. Next add in the dry ingredients. Stir until combined.

Spray or butter a large casserole dish. Pour oatmeal mix into the baking dish. Sprinkle remaining half of pecans over the top.

Bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour, until oatmeal has completely set.

Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup, a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, or completely unadorned.

*I used Granny Smith apples and left the skin on. You can certainly remove it if you’d prefer.


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