Cinnamon Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Bake

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When I was a kid, on Saturday mornings my Mom would make me and my sister one of two things – cinnamon sugar toast or cinnamon swirl raisin toast (you know, the one in the red wrapper). There’s something so comforting – as well as delicious – about those flavor combinations that brings me back to being a kid AND having someone cook for me!

You could make this in a different format – overnight oats or hot oats and it would be perfect, but as you’ve probably seen I love oatmeal bakes for breakfast during the week. I cut myself a slice and have two dogs stare at me while I devour it before work!

I prefer to have this with a dollop of greek yogurt, but it would be great by itself as well. If you haven’t made my oatmeal bakes before – start today, you are going to love these. They are so easy, only require a few ingredients and can be switched up depending on what you are in the mood for! If pecans aren’t your thing, sub walnuts – if you love raisins as much as my husband does, double the raisins instead!

Here’s how you make it (4-6 servings):

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/375F
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups oats, 2 cups unsweetened milk, 1/2 cup raisins, 4 tbsp chia seeds, 1 heaping tbsp cinnamon, heavy dash vanilla, 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  3. Pour mixture into a 9×9 pan (I normally use an a circular 8 inch pan, but 9×9 should work just fine)
  4. In a small bowl, mix together 3/4 cup pecans with 3 tbsp maple syrup. Pour evenly over oatmeal mixture
  5. Bake for 30 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and LET COOL before serving

Things to note:

  • I tend to use as little sugar as possible, you can always serve with maple syrup when eating but try it on its own. You don’t need much syrup to sweeten the dish with the raisins in there!
  • Make sure you let it cool for at least 30 minutes, ideally an hour if you have time. It’ll look a bit wet when you first take it out, but it firms up nicely after a bit so make sure not to over bake it!
  • I use Williams Sonoma GoldTouch pans – they require no greasing, but if you are using pans that things tend to stick to then make sure to grease lightly to ensure it doesn’t stick!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened milk of your choice (I used almond, but cashew or oat would be great too!)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 (heaping) tbsp cinnamon
  • dash vanilla
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt (I used 0%, but 2% or full fat would be just fine!)
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Let me know what you think about this one – I just adore recipes like this that are SO simple, healthy and make my morning just a bit brighter. Enjoy!

Cheers!

CHH

 

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