First Post….Whoo!

Hello!

Finally taking the leap and starting my own blog.  Slightly scary and very exciting!

I love food, cooking, baking, having fun, and {mostly} healthy living.  I also have a passion for nutrition and eating right.  I look forward to sharing recipes, tips and tricks for good nutrition and healthy living, and my life adventures.

Without further ado – let’s get the party started with a recipe!  This morning’s breakfast of baked oatmeal came together quickly and was the result of having no breakfast meats in the apartment (so sad, I know).  This was one of the best versions of baked oatmeal I’ve had/made thus far. Super yummy – and hubby approved! Thanks for the recipe inspiration Eat.Drink.Love.

Apple Spice Baked Oatmeal

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Ingredients

  • 2 C. old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 C. dried fruit – I used half dried cranberries and raisins
  • 1/3 C. chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. ground allspice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Gala apple, cored and chopped into cubes
  • 2 Tbs. melted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 C. milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 3-qt (approx) baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Mix the oats, dried fruit, walnuts, sugar, spices, salt, and apple together in a bowl.
  3. Mix the vanilla and honey with the melted butter.  Pour in the butter mixture over the oats and stir until well-combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.
  5. Pour the milk over the oat mixture so that it’s evenly distributed.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the milk is mostly absorbed.
  7. Serve with additional milk and syrup if desired.

Enjoy!

And please come back to The Nourished Olive for more food, fun, and adventures!