This gingerbread oatmeal combines all of the holiday flavors you love, into a wholesome Christmas morning breakfast!
Just so everyone is aware and prepared, I am about to go H.A.M. on holiday recipes. This is my absolute favorite time of year, and my absolute favorite season for cooking. So YEAH. DEAL WITH IT. Just kidding, but seriously…
Let’s talk about tradition.
As I have grown over the past 23 years (soon to be 24, ~*holla*~), I have partaken in my family’s holiday traditions. Now that I am in my early twenties, my sister is married, my cousins are growing up, I am witnessing our traditions evolve. All of our lives are changing, but we have not let go of what we cherish the most, and that’s the time we spend together. It may be at a different location, for a different amount of time, a different meal, a different sequence of events, as long as we have the opportunity to be together, I will always chalk that up as W.
Our usual tradition, for 20+ years, has been as follows: me, my parents, and my sister drive down to Miami to stay at my grandparents’ house. Everybody gathers at their house on Christmas Eve for a big Nochebuena celebration (Christmas Eve in many Hispanic cultures, we happen to be of Cuban descent) which features a giant feast (including a whole roasted pig), great music, dancing, Christmas cookie decorating, and lots of laughter. It has always been the most-looked-forward-to event in my years. Last year was a bit different, as I was only allowed Christmas Day off from work. I didn’t get to see my family for either Thanksgiving nor Christmas, so this holiday season has been very much anticipated.
On Christmas Day, we wake up early to exchange gifts at my grandparents’ house. Just me, my sister, parents and grandparents. Then, we get dressed up and go to Christmas morning mass. Every single year. This means that I have to scarf down something for breakfast before church, or else I just may pass out and die. Dramatic, yes. True, probably.
That’s when baked oatmeal comes into the picture.
Anything that you can make the night before, whip out the morning of, heat up while you open gifts, eat before church, or whatever your Christmas morning tradition entails, is perfection in my book.
One flavor that is synonymous with this time of year is gingerbread. My sister, cousins and I used to always decorate gingerbread houses during Nochebuena. This year, I’m using it in a completely different way: encompassing it into a breakfast dish that I so wholeheartedly love. It’s almost like eating pie for breakfast. Except it’s oatmeal… and it’s healthy and not pie.
- 2 cups oats (whichever cute you prefer)
- 1½ cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp brown sugar (or coconut sugar, refined sugar, your choice)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- Preheat the oven to 375 and grease a small baking dish. I used 7x9 dish.
- Add ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes. Check after 30 minutes - insert a knife into the oatmeal. If it comes out clean, it is finished.
- Enjoy sprinkled with cinnamon and sprinkles, because WHY NOT!
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Join the conversation:
What is your family’s holiday tradition?
What is your favorite food to indulge in during this season?