I’m not someone who gets into Christmas-anything until after Thanksgiving, but for some reason I’ve been craving gingerbread. I was also craving oatmeal, so I decided to combine the two. Best. Decision. Ever. Okay, so maybe not ever but you know. It was a good call. I kept it simple and healthy – just oats, spices, applesauce, milk, and a touch of molasses for sweetness. Making individual sized baked oatmeal really cuts down on the bake time…and the amount of leftovers! Although, this oatmeal is so good I wouldn’t necessarily mind leftovers =). The gingerbread flavor comes from the spices and molasses, but if molasses isn’t your thing you could substitute maple syrup or honey. I topped mine with some low-fat plain cream cheese and a drizzle of molasses. Jordan topped his with some honey, since he isn’t a big molasses fan. It was a delicious, healthy way to satisfy my gingerbread craving. Enjoy!
Healthy Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal (for One)
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup skim milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 6 ounce oven-safe ramekin with nonstick spray.
2. Combine all ingredients in small bowl and stir until combined. Pour into ramekin and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until top is golden and center is set.
3. Serve with plain low-fat cream cheese, a drizzle of molasses, honey, maple syrup, a dusting of powdered sugar, yogurt, milk, or whatever you want! Serves 1 (but easily doubled).
Nutritional Info: 212 calories; 3 g fat; 40.8 carbohydrates; 4.5 g fiber; 7 g protein.