Toasted Almond Baked Oatmeal

3 c. whole rolled oats
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 t. ground cinnamon
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t.salt
1 1/2 c.  low fat milk 
2 eggs
1/2 c. melted butter
1 t.  pure vanilla extract
3/4  c. chopped toasted almonds
1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. dried cherries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast 3/4 c. whole almonds.  In a large bowl mix together oats,brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Beat in milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir in dried fruit and chopped toasted almonds.  Spray ramekins and fill .  Bake in preheated oven for  35- 40 minutes. Makes 8-10. Serve with warm milk.
This recipe can be altered to fit your needs!! Oatmeal is a great warm healthy meal on these cold mornings. Cut back on or omit the brown sugar and add more dried fruit or honey. Use egg whites ( 2 egg whites = 1 whole egg) not whole eggs. Use skim milk or soy milk. Reduce butter, replace it with small amount of olive oil or omit it all together; just add a bit more milk and another egg white.

Divide ingredients it will make 2 servings easily, just use 1 egg regardless, the egg hold it together.

Bon appetite!  Gwenn David Innkeeper Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast

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