peanut butter baked oatmeal


I’ve been on an oat kick lately. Every time I see a recipe with oats, I have to investigate! This is no exception. Actually, this recipe came from a good friend via my inbox. She told me to try it months ago, more like a year ago, and it’s been sitting in my inbox ever since. Luckily, with my renewed love of oats combined with cleaning out my inbox, I was able to find this little gem. It’s wonderful! Even the hubs likes it!



  • 3 cups quick cooking oats  (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup of milk 
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla  
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

I mixed all the wet ingredients first; brown sugar, milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Then added the dry ingredients. After everything was mixed, I added in the peanut butter.  Stir well.

PB Oatmeal Mix

Spread mixture into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes.

PB Oatmeal Pan

If you like it a little crunchy on top, cook for a few minutes longer. Serve with milk poured over top; dairy, soy or almond tastes great, or alone! I think this would be great with some dried fruit too. Yum. Enjoy!!

PB Bake Oatmeal

fruit & maple oatmeal

cover oatmeal

For our latest voyage to St. Louis, we decided to drive. We love the open road but mainly the ability to bring our two boys, (Boston & Otis) so they too can partake in the Christmas festivities with all of their cousins.

the boys

On the open road, no matter how much I pack, we inevitably end up at a fast food restaurant for either lunch or dinner. We have affectionally nicknamed most fast food stops… CrackDonalds or WacArnolds, Booger Fling, ScrubWay, Crapplebees, I could go on.

On our latest road trip, we stopped at McDonald’s, and I tried their new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal. I was actually impressed. You can get it all day, it wasn’t a ginormous serving size, and it was, well, good. I opted for the without sugar variety.

mcdonalds oatmeal

Anywho, I’ve been craving it ever since. Hence CrackDonalds and decided to make my own version at home.


  • 6 oz water
  • 1/2 c old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 apple, chopped
  • 1-2 Tablespoons craisins and/or golden raisins

Add water, oats, maple syrup and brown sugar into a small saucepan on low heat. This is the “hard” part. Take your time, if you cook it too fast, your oats will be crunchy. Remove from heat after all the water is absorbed. When it’s cooking I chop up my apple and share the other 1/2 with the husband.


Pour contents into a bowl and top with apples, craisins, and golden raisins! (I didn’t have any golden raisins today.)

I think it’s a great rendition of McDonald’s oatmeal without all the preservatives! Hopefully you feel the same. Obviously, if you like your oats sweeter, you can add more maple syrup and brown sugar, but I think the sugar from the apples and craisins are the perfect sweetness. Enjoy!


apple pie oatmeal

I like try to eat healthy! Especially in the morning! The whole day goes a little smoother for me if I get in a good breakfast!

Maybe it’s my parents’ words ringing in my ears, “The most important meal of the day is breakfast!”

Apple pie oatmeal is one of my go-to’s for that “most important meal of the day”. It’s a recipe I stumbled across while reading Green Lite Bites. She (Roni) has great recipes for the whole family and such a great attitude!


  • 1/2 cup (40g) Old Fashioned Oats
  • 6 oz water
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar (optional) Roni uses one Truvia Packet
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce


Put oats, water, sugar, and cinnamon in a small pot over medium/high heat.

Cook and stir until water is absorbed. About 5 minutes.

Mix the cooked oatmeal with apple sauce, sprinkle with cinnamon, and enjoy!

Sometimes I add the oatmeal, cinnamon, and sugar into snack-size bags, making for an even easier morning routine. Throw the contents of the bag in with 6oz of water, and you’re done! Add 1/2 c applesauce once it’s done cooking and what a fantastic-fast breakfast! Oh, and for all those Weight Watcher gurus, it’s 6 Point Plus points and will totally hold you over until lunch!