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Monday, September 30, 2013

Apple Butter Baked Oatmeal

baked oatmeal
Apple Butter Baked Oatmeal
 When Musselman's contacted me, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to create another recipe using their apple butter. You might remember earlier this summer when I had some fun using apple butter in morning glory apple butter muffins, cranberry apple butter bars, and my personal favorite, the bacon apple butter flatbreads with caramelized onions and gouda.
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I threw around a few ideas on what to make this time around with the apple butter, especially now that we're truly in apple season, and while I have a few more ideas up my sleeve, I couldn't stop thinking about baked oatmeal with apple butter. Amish Baked Oatmeal is a family favorite in our house, and a comforting breakfast we can all always agree on! 
baked oatmeal
Not only do I love this breakfast because it's a breeze to throw together (10 minutes, then 30 in the oven...or prep it the day before and just throw in the oven in the morning!), but in this version I omitted the sugar or butter and replaced it with apple butter, making it at least a bit better for you. Since apple butter already has some sugar in it, the oatmeal was plenty sweet...especially since I topped it with a bit of brown sugar just before baking. The apple butter as a butter replacement meant there was no sacrifice to the texture of the baked dish either.
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Served in bowls with a bit of warmed milk, this is the perfect fall breakfast! (If you love pumpkin, you should also give my pumpkin baked oatmeal a try!) Want to win your own jar of Musselman's Apple Butter so you can make this? They'll send one reader a jar with some disposable mini loaf pans so you can get baking! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me what your favorite thing about fall is! I'll accept comments through Wednesday, October 2nd (8 pm Central) and contact the winner thereafter! Danae@RecipeRunner was selected as the giveaway winner & has been contacted!

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Apple Butter Baked Oatmeal
adapted from Amish Baked Oatmeal

-1 cup apple butter
-2 eggs
-1 cup milk
-3 cups old-fashioned oats
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 large apple, diced
-1 tsp cinnamon
-chopped pecans & brown sugar, for topping
-milk, for serving

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Beat apple butter with eggs until combined. Stir in milk, oats, baking powder, and salt.
2. Beat in apple and cinnamon.
3. Pour into a greased round casserole dish (a 9-inch square pan would also work). Sprinkle with chopped pecans and brown sugar. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes.
4. Serve in bowls with warmed milk.