From boring lumpfest to breakfast fave, this cold-weather morning staple gets a major upgrade when baked in a casserole with tart cranberries.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together applesauce, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Add milk and whisk until smooth. Stir cranberries and oats into the applesauce mixture.
Pour the oatmeal mixture into a sprayed or buttered 8- or 9-inch square baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown and it is no longer sticky in the center. Serve immediately or cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate. When ready to eat, heat individual portions in the microwave.
Cook’s note: No applesauce? Substitute a mashed banana. It will change the flavor — still delicious!