Baked Oatmeal

from melskitchencafe.com

*Note (Update 10/2010): Look to the comments to see how others have varied this oatmeal both in applesauce amounts and other creative ways. As for me, I've edited the recipe to use less brown sugar than the original and have substituted half the oil with applesauce. All changes are reflected below!

6 cups oatmeal, either quick or old-fashioned

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup applesauce

2 cups milk

4 beaten eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 teaspoons salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 9X13-inch baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve with milk and/or fresh fruit.

The recipe can be easily halved and baked in an 8X8-inch pan.