This recipe for cinnamon baked oatmeal with kefir is not only good for you, but will have you looking forward to breakfast! If you have jumped on the milk kefir train, this recipe is definitely for you. Full of healthy alternatives and delicious flavour, you really won’t want to eat your oats any other way!
Ingredients you’ll need to make this baked oatmeal:
- coconut oil – a delicious replacement for margarine!
- honey. I used honey instead of the traditional brown sugar.
- rolled oats. You can also use quick cooking oats if you like.
- baking powder.
- cinnamon. This is an optional ingredient.
- chopped almonds. I toasted mine in a cast iron pan on the stove top. Wonderful!
- kefir. You can make your own. Here is where I show you how. It’s super easy!
Growing up on a farm, I had plenty of experiences with pretty much everything concerning farm life. My parents are curious about all kinds of things, and they have had a number of hobbies/businesses over the years. One of the hobbies that my dad had was keeping bees. Us kids were always a little nervous around the time that Dad would check on them, or harvest the honey. The bees never liked to be messed with, and I remember getting stung a few times.
The first time that my parents collected the honey was an awesome day! I was probably seven or eight and so excited to taste the first honey that Dad got from his bees. He had borrowed or bought an extractor, and the smell rising from his shop at the back of the house was heavenly! My brother and I watched the frames from the beehives spinning around and around in the extractor. At the bottom of the machine was a tap that allowed mom and dad to fill gallon jar after gallon jar full of delicious HONEY.
I ate honey that day. Boy, did I ever eat honey. Actually, I ate so much honey and comb that I made myself sick. It was years until I could enjoy this wonderful sweetener again! So, needless to say, I don’t like too much honey on my toast or in my oatmeal. Haha!
How to make cinnamon baked oatmeal with kefir….
This is such a simple recipe. I know this because I can pull it together after only one cup of coffee in the morning! Actually, sometimes we’ll make it in the afternoon or evening, and just save it for the next morning. It will keep, covered, on your counter for a few days.
First of all. Please toast your almonds. It makes such a difference in the flavour and enjoyment of these tree nuts. Actually, speaking of nuts, go ahead and use any that you have on hand…walnuts or pecans would be great!
Second of all, I’ll give you a little tip I’ve seen Lisa Bass do on her YouTube channel, Farmhouse on Boone. When it comes to melting things, I usually use my microwave. I’m always risking the popping and spattering that inevitably happens. Ugh. So, why not use a cast iron pan to melt the coconut oil? Duh. No real mess, because the leftover oil can be used for the next batch of potatoes or eggs that are to be cooked in that pan, right?
For measuring honey, I usually choose a measuring cup that has already been used in the recipe…like for the kefir or whatever. That way, the measured honey just sort of slips out easily. Nothing to cling to, right?
Basically, you mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, making sure to toast your almonds, right? Then melt the coconut oil and pour it over the dry ingredients as well as adding the honey and kefir. By the way, kefir is in most grocery stores these days, and can be found near the yogurt. Stir everything together, and pour it into a greased 9 by 9 pan. Easy peasy.
We like out baked oatmeal with a little yogurt on the side of the bowl, or with milk poured over the whole thing. Also with fresh strawberries or blueberries! Delicious. I can hardly wait for breakfast!
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Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal with Kefir
- 3 cups oats, either rolled or quick will work
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped, toasted almonds
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cups plain kefir
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Toast your almonds in a cast iron pan until lightly browned. Set them aside until cooled.
- Melt the coconut oil in a cast iron pan on very low heat.
- In a large bowl, measure the oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir well.
- Add the honey, coconut oil, kefir and almonds. Stir well again.
- Pour into a greased 9 by 9 pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
- Enjoy with yogurt and berries, or just a little milk!