I can be lazy… ok ok, I am lazy but that has also made me very efficient. If you want to find an easier way of doing something ask a lazy person. I also very, very productive but in the laziest way possible. I make these huge to do list and commit to checking off every single thing but in a way that requires the least work.
I know what you’re thinking…
Let me explain.
I’m committed to helping Kristian make healthier food choices. This usually means making sure I don’t buy processed foods and cooking most of our meals at home. I am also committed to getting as much sleep as possible, especially with an infant.
Which means I don’t like to cook breakfast. I love breakfast food but usually around 10-11am. Cooking anything in the kitchen requires too much focus that I just don’t have at 7am. I don’t wear my glasses like I should so it takes at least 30 min for me to even SEE you. So yeah messing with me you’ll be eating cereal every morning.
Here is where we insert the oatmeal bake. Its suppose to be a breakfast dish that you can bake ahead of time, so kind of like a meal prep item. Either way I thought it would be perfect for my daughter’s breakfast.
Now if you’ve been reading for awhile then you know we tried this already and it wasn’t an epic fail but definitely not something we would make again. I thought I would go another route and see if I could turn a cookie recipe into an oatmeal bake.
Personally, I hate oatmeal raisin cookies. You are clearly unstable if there is a chocolate chip cookie available and you reach for oatmeal raisin. I’m not judging you… well yes I am. Unless it’s a doubletree cookie that’s kind of like an oatmeal and chocolate chip cookie all rolled into one.
Back to the oatmeal. We took THIS recipe from Live Well Bake Often and converted it to the consistency of a brownie. I made a few more tweaks that the kid loved and this was actually a hit. I cut it in squares like a brownie and put it in ziplock bags. I also attached some fresh berries and she was good to go. For an entire week there was not a person eerily standing over me while I slept.
Sidenote: Isn’t that the creepiest ever?? There’s a whole person standing over you like you’re in a remake of Scream. How did you even get in here without me hearing you? Are you a part time ninja? Geez. As you can see it really bothers me when she does that.
Either way this is my lazy way of making sure the preteen doesn’t eat cereal everyday.
Oatmeal Raisin Bake
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup of rough chopped mixed nuts (pecans, almonds, etc)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup of milk (almond works fine)
- 1 and ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, craisins, blueberries, etc)
- In one bowl mix together flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda
- In a mixing bowl cream together your butter and brown sugar.
- Add vanilla extract and the egg until mixed.
- Add the flour mixture slowly until everything is combined
- Add the oatmeal and dried fruit and nuts
- Now take your milk and slowly add into the mix until it looks like batter.
- Bake in a greased pan at 350 for about 30 min or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.