18 oz. rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar (add more or less to your taste, or even go halves with honey)
1/4 cup melted butter
1 t. vanilla
4 t. baking powder
1 t. sea salt
1 t. cinnamon (add more if you like)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/4 cup skim milk
Mix all ingredients together well in a large bowl. Pour mixture into a greased 13×9 casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees; uncover and bake another 15-20 minutes until set in the middle (shake it and if it doesn’t jiggle, it’s ready!). Cut into squares and serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers for later in the week. Variation: sprinkle blueberries on the bottom of the pan and pour the oatmeal mixture over them before baking.
What is your favorite family breakfast?
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