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Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Illusion of Fall and a Yummy Breakfast Recipe

The illusion of fall drew me outside yesterday, inviting me to breakfast on the porch.  Notice I said the ILLUSION of fall.  We had a couple of less humid days, and I actually thought I could sit on the porch and enjoy Saturday morning without being totally drenched.  As soon as I opened the door I realized just how wrong I was.  The intense heaviness of humidity quickly made it hard for me to breathe.  I decided to give an alfresco breakfast a try anyway, and pulled out a chair only to anger a nest full of yellow jackets who had decided to make their home on the chair I had planned to sit in.  

The thought of autumn's approach, no matter how illusive, had me wanting a warm breakfast.  So before I headed outside I decided to make a recipe I found on Tasty Kitchen a few weeks ago.  This is the second time I've made this and I really like it and thought you might too.    I made a few changes to use things I had on hand.

Baked Banana Bread Oatmeal

3 cups quick oats (I used regular Oatmeal)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used 1 cup pecans)
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 applesauce (I used pear butter)
1 cup milk
1/ 4 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 8x8 inch pan, or a round casserole

In a large bowl, combine the oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and nuts.  In a smaller bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, applesauce (or pear or apple butter), milk, butter, vanilla, and egg.

Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and whisk to combine.  Pour into prepared baking dish.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown.  Serve immediately with yogurt, honey, and or additional nuts.

 Breakfast was yummy, but I must confess after taking these pictures I took my breakfast right back in to the air conditioned kitchen.

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