Got a long driving day ahead? The kind that requires departing before dawn, and not enough time to stop for breakfast?
Here's a tasty and hearty option that you can bake the day before, for eating on the road. It's even driver seat friendly!
Baked Oatmeal Squares
3 cups quick-cooking or regular oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup plain, nonfat traditional or Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Optional: add 1 cup of mix-ins such as chopped dried fruit, nuts, and/or flavored baking morsels
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk, butter, vanilla, and yogurt.
Stir into oat mixture until blended. Add mix-ins if using, and stir to blend.
Spoon into a greased 9" square baking pan.
Bake 40-45 minutes or until set, and allow to cool completely. Although there is no flour in the recipe, the bars bake to a moist, thick, cake-like consistency.
Cut into 9 squares, then zip into sandwich bags or wrap in plastic for individual servings.
My most recent mix-in combo was chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips. Delicious!
I get perfect results by baking these in my Half-time Convection Oven at 350 degrees for 22 minutes.
For a filling and fuss-free "Front Seat Breakfast" for driver and passenger/s, serve the bars with hard boiled eggs and bananas.
No need to save them for travel days. If you're sitting in a non-moving location, you can try serving these squares as originally intended: in a bowl, with milk poured over top. Eat like oatmeal!
(This recipe has been adapted from the original, at http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/baked-oatmeal.)