Friday, February 4, 2011

Caledon Baked Oatmeal

This is our family’s third time through a 21-day Daniel Fast and I’ve been adding to the recipes that we use.  There are several online resources and books out there with recipes, but I got one of those books and . . . well . . . to be completely honestyuck!  Some ingredients I couldn’t even find in our stores!  I’m sure there is a better choice and I just haven’t found it yet.

Some recipes can be easily altered (like making spaghetti sauce fresh without adding meat) but since it can be difficult to find other recipes that others can attest to tasting good, I wanted to post some we have personally used in our home and that have received a thumbs up from all, or almost all, of the 8 who live here.

For those not sure of what a Daniel Fast consists of . . . the menu restricts all meat, all sugar (sweets/delicacies), all leavening (yeast/baking powder & soda) and all dairy.  That’s the short list.  People have long lists out there with all the “can” eats listed next to the “cannots”. 

So what can you eat?  Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and lots and lots of water! J  With a lemon of course!

That can make breakfast a little difficult for filling up on.  And while yes, a fast is a time of restricting ourselves, that is not necessarily what God is asking of little ones and teenaged bellies who find it hard already.

Here’s a yummy alternative to plain, morning oatmeal.

Caledon Baked Oatmeal
(from the Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook)

2 cups oatmeal
2 cups rice milk (I use vanilla rice milk)
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup slivered or sliced almonds
½ cup dried cherries, cranberries or raisins
1 large apple, unpeeled and grated
4 T maple syrup (we just omit this during the fast)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Spray a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. 
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. 
Mix and put in casserole dish.
Can add cinnamon and nutmeg (which we do and would suggest you do too! J)

The recipe says to bake uncovered for 45 min. but I suggest you cover it, unless you like your oatmeal a little dry and crunchy on the edges.

This can be prepared the night before and just add the liquids before popping it into the oven.