1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar (or less)
1.5 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
3 cups regular oats
Blend all ingredients. Pour into a greased baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, sprinkle 1 tbsp of brown sugar on top, and bake at 350 for about 35 minutes or till firm in the middle. Serve hot.
My boys eat theirs in a bowl, crumbled up, with milk. I like mine with a bit of butter and a sprinkle of brown sugar, or some honey.
This recipe is highly adaptable. You can add nuts and raisins or dates or dried cranberries, if you like that sort of thing. Or apples and extra cinnamon and a bit of cloves and nutmeg. Or pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spice. Whatever floats your boat!
The baked oatmeal in the photo above had the following modifications: I doubled the recipe, then substituted 1/2 cup flax seed meal and 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut for 1 cup of the oats. I also added a bit of cloves and ginger, and a diced apple. It was great!