If you want to make your house smell like holiday heaven, this plum walnut baked oatmeal will do just that!
I know what you might be thinking. It’s only October 9th. Thanksgiving is seven weeks away, and Christmas? Over two months away! Well, it’s never too early to bookmark some recipes for holiday hosting. Plums and spice (and everything nice) happen to be delicious autumnal flavors, too.
The inspiration for this recipe came from the most uhhh-mazing French toast I’ve ever had at Ela in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia. But really, it was that good. Will and I went back to Philly for a wedding a couple of weeks ago, and visited some family in the process.
We landed at Ela for Sunday brunch, and MAN, did I have the absolute best breakfast: French toast with spiced plums that were just as tender as they were delightfully sweet.
I’ve been dreaming about this meal ever since we landed back in Minneapolis. So of course, I had to try to create something like it.
I picked up some red plums at Trader Joe’s and got to work. Oatmeal happens to be my favorite breakfast on chilly fall mornings, so that’s where my mind went. And boy am I glad it did…
This recipe is perfect for several different occasions. Prepare in advance and reheat for quick weekday breakfasts. Or make it fresh for holiday guests or family breakfasts on the weekend! It would be especially tasty on Christmas morning.
Spiced Plum and Walnut Baked Oatmeal
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats - use gluten-free oats if needed
- 1/2 cup walnuts - chopped
- 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups milk of choice - cow or almond both work
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon butter - melted and cooled slightly
- 4 to 5 plums - sliced into 1/4" slices
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease an 8" square baking pan with butter, or spray with oil.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and sea salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine milk, maple syrup, egg, vanilla, and melted butter.
- Line the bottom of the baking dish with sliced plums. Spoon the dry oat mixture on top of plums. Pour milk mixture on top, and make sure it seeps through. Top with another layer of sliced plums, and extra chopped walnuts and oats as desired.
- Baked for 35 to 40 minutes or until plums are caramelized and tender on top. Enjoy!
I’ll be enjoying this all week for breakfast!
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Have a happy and healthy week,