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Baked Oatmeal with Golden Girl Granola

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Over the years I have come to love granola as more than just an after workout snack and I’m super excited to be a part of this blogger recipe challenge through Golden Girl Granola. Golden Girl Granola is a family granola business based in Shirley, MA. They started out selling their granola and other baked goods at farmers markets in the summer. Quickly they were selling at markets year round. Due to its growth Golden Girl moved to a shared kitchen and then on to having their own retail space and focusing solely on their granola. You can find out more about their story here.

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In the past I’ve had granola with way too much sugar and preservatives that I can’t pronounce. An over abundance of preservatives is something that I don’t want to consume them. I’ve also made my own granola several times and my favorite way to have it is with warmed almond milk and maybe a bit of dried fruit.

For this challenge I went a different but equally delicious route using Golden Girls Home Sweet Honey Granola. It’s mildly sweet and very adaptable to other flavors and leaves lots of room for creativity. This Golden Girl Granola variety contains rolled oats, honey coconut non GMO/expeller-pressed canola oil and sea salt, that’s it.

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Don’t let the long list of ingredients deter you. Everything in it is natural and good for you. Unless you’re feeding a small army there will be enough leftovers for a few days and it keeps very well. I used a combination of Golden Girl Home Sweet Honey Granola, steel cut oats, regular oatmeal, diced fresh mango, almond milk, maple syrup and sliced almonds along with some pantry staples. What I didn’t use was additional sugar. As stated previously the granola is mildly sweet, the mango was some of the sweetest I’ve had in a long time and I did add a small amount of pure maple syrup. Depending on the sweetness of your fruit you may want to add sugar to the recipe or sprinkle a bit on at serving time.

This is very filling so it will keep you fueled for a long time. It also makes for a great meal or snack any time of the day. Love it!

 

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Baked Oatmeal with Golden Girl Granola
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
This baked oatmeal made with Golden Girl Home Sweet Honey Granola provides enough fiber and healthy carbs to keep you energized and satisfied for a long time. It's flavored with sweet diced mango and sprinkled with sliced almonds.
Ingredients
  • 3 ½ cups almond milk
  • 2 TBS coconut oil
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1 cup Golden Girl Home Sweet Honey Granola
  • 1 ½ cups regular rolled oats
  • ½ cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and lightly grease a 1 ½ quart casserole and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan almond milk and coconut oil and butter.
  3. Bring to a boil and gradually stir in granola, steel cut and regular oats.
  4. Next stir in the chopped mango along with the maple syrup, almond extract and salt.
  5. Cook and stir over low heat for three minutes and add ¼ cup of the sliced almonds.
  6. Spoon mixture to the prepared pan and bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining sliced almonds and bake uncovered for 10 minutes more or until bubbly.
  8. Cool slightly and serve with a dash of almond milk.

 

 

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Baked Oatmeal

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If we don’t get some warm weather soon I’m going to weigh 200 lbs!! On Saturday and Sunday mornings one of my
indulgences is to watch episodes of Unique Sweets on demand. I’m in bed with my electronic devices nearby and a spiral notebook. First thing in the morning I’m ravenous and most everything I see on TV I want to eat/make or buy. Danger Will Robinson!!!

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My weekend delights have sparked so many ideas that it would take me three or four more lifetimes to bring all of them to fruition. Baked Oatmeal was one of those ideas and I don’t know why it took me so long to make it. Let me take that back, I know why. This oatmeal is filled with dates, cranberries, pears, walnuts and brown sugar. I swear it is more like a dessert but I fool myself into thinking that it’s a little healthy because it contains oatmeal and fruit. This morning I had the nerve to add a drizzle of real live, authentic maple syrup on top. YOLO!!!!

Thank you Better Homes and Garden for the inspiration and the weight gain, (snark)!

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Fruit and Nut Baked Oatmeal – Inspired by Better Homes and Garden

1 ¾ cups soy vanilla milk
2 TBS butter
1 cup regular rolled oats
1/3 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup diced pear
5 TBS packed brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 1 ½ quart casserole and set aside. In a medium saucepan combine milk and butter. Bring to a boil and gradually stir in oats. Next stir in dates, cranberries and the pears. Followed by 3 TBS of the brown sugar and vanilla and salt. Cook and stir for one minute. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan.
Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar and walnuts. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes more or until bubbly. Cool slightly and serve with milk and a drizzle of maple syrup. Do your best to save some for the next day. It’s that good, trust me.