This One Takes the (Cheese) Cake

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Good morning everyone – T…G…I…F! I feel like it’s been weeks since last weekend! Luckily we’ve got no plans in this household for the next two days…what about you?

So my Mom and I took a walk in Miami, FL this morning. It least that’s what it felt like – it was so balmy and humid outside! The weather this Fall in Iowa has been so odd. Makes me wonder what Mother Nature has in store for us this winter?!

Well all week you’ve read about my baked oatmeal experimentations. They’ve been good, they’ve been great, they’ve been downright sinful! Today’s creation though, really takes the (cheese) cake…

Baked Raspberry Cheesecake Oatmeal!

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YES. Picture the most decadent raspberry cheesecake you’ve ever had, then picture eating that as part of a heart-healthy baked oatmeal breakfast!!

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Ingredients:

Oatmeal:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup water, unsweetened almond milk or skim milk
  • 1/2 mashed medium banana
  • splash of vanilla

Raspberry Cream Cheese Topping:

  • 2 Tablespoons cream cheese (softened for 5 sec in microwave)
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar (more or less to taste)
  • tiny squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
  • Raspberry preserves

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375. Combine oatmeal ingredients and pour into non-stick sprayed baking dish.

2. Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon juice. Put into plastic bag, snip off one end and squeeze into two horizontal lines on top of oatmeal. Put raspberry preserves in another plastic bag and squeeze two horizontal lines in between the cream cheese.

3. Drag knife up and down through lines to create a swirl. Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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I think this wins as my favorite baked oatmeal creation of the week! It was seriously that good. The homemade raspberry preserves that we picked up apple picking a few weeks ago was the perfect, sweet compliment to the tangy cream cheese swirl. DECADENT you guys – a must try!

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Lunch today incorporates my favorite roasted brussels sprouts from last night, to make a Roasted Vegetable, Vegetable Salad. I don’t adore leftover roasted vegetables to be honest, but roasted brussels sprouts seem to soak up the salad dressing which make them even tastier!

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In the mix:

  • Romaine hearts
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Feta Cheese
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Does it get any better than this, my friends??

Stay tuned this afternoon for Fun Fact Friday…Halloween Edition. Until then – have a great morning!

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So Ben and I decided to forego our plans for a winter vacation in order to save for a GRAND vacation this Spring. Initially, I was pretty bummed, but we’re both so busy with work that I honestly believe we won’t have time to be upset that we’re not on vacay! That said:

How do you plan where to go and where to stay for vacation? Do you use services like Expedia, travel guides or travel books?

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Comments

  1. Stephanie 10.30.2009

    Oh this oatmeal looks heavenly! I have loved your creations this week :) Our vacations mainly consist of cruising, so we use the cruiseline or my mom’s travel agent buddy to help us out — that reminds me, gotta plan our next one soon!

  2. Oh, I loved baked oatmeal! Raspberry cheesecake sounds amazing!

    No major vacationing for us (kids!!), but someday (after we pay for college) I hope to talk my hubby into a real trip of a lifetime -LOL!!

  3. tray 10.30.2009

    i’ve never tried baked oatmeal! but that one sounds and looks amazing! SO GORGEOUS!

  4. Niki 10.30.2009

    YUM! That looks great!! In the past I’ve always used Expedia or Orbitz to plan trips, but our last trip to Mexico we used a travel agent and got an awesome deal! So I suggest at least going to talk to the travel agent to see what kind of deals they have. I know we are going to do that soon because we need to get our honeymoon planned!

  5. Leianna 10.30.2009

    Cheesecake oatmeal does take the cake this week! wow, great creation.
    My husband and I were thinking Seattle or Hawaii for a vacay this next spring/summer and we chose based on family members, to save a little if we know someone who lives there!

  6. Oh my yumminess. I will be doing this as soon as I buy some cream cheese (which will probably be after I stop drooling :-) ). I love the flavor combo. And it might actually get Hunni to eat oatmeal.

    For vacations we generally pick where we are going and then ask friends if they have been there. And then we use orbitz for travel. Generally we don’t go on big trips because of finances. We are hoping for a cruise sometime next year.

  7. Anne K. 10.30.2009

    Oh my gosh, those oats look amazing! And I’m a total cheesecake fanatic :) For vacations, I use travel websites and guides but my family books the services separately to save money

  8. Lizzy 10.30.2009

    o brother that oatmeal looks AMAZING! :) i want some so bad now!

  9. Holly 10.30.2009

    oh my woman, you have outdone yourself. this is GENIUS :)

    yay for vacays – i won’t be taking any for awhile, unless the money gods want to spread me with about $25,000 to pay off student loans and miscellaneous items :)

  10. Evan Thomas 10.30.2009

    I love the idea–that’s my kind of oats

  11. Steve 10.30.2009

    The Apricot Chicken looked great.

    Since you like Peanut Butter Cups so much, check out this recipe I saw in the newest “Kraft Foods Food & Family” magaizine. Not the healthest, but looks good.

    http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/peanut-butter-cup-pie-114688.aspx

  12. ohh my!!! thatlooks AMAZINGGG..i have made baked oatmeal before but nothing creative like this! what a great recipe, this could be a great breakfast or dessert, who am I kidding i would eat this anytime of day :)

    very exciting about your trip!!

  13. Lindsay 10.30.2009

    So now that you have the cream cheese frosting down, there should be nothing stopping you from CARROT CAKE BAKED OATMEAL. Am I right? Seriously, grated carrots, raisins, shredded coconut, walnuts…. GET TO IT, girl!

  14. Ok.. Seriously… that’s the best breakfast I’ve ever seen! Quite creative :)

    Have a great weekend!

  15. Lauren 11.07.2009

    I LOVE this oatmeal idea!! The roasted veggie salad looks delish as well.

  16. Tastes divine and to finish mine off I added custard. Very healthy overall but I just had to add in something naughty, I couldn’t help it!

  17. Merna Carvin 03.14.2010

    Thanks for this post, I will bestow this website to my rss feeds, my bud just told me about this last week. this is the best

  18. […] We should also talk about the how amazing baked oatmeal is and seriously question why it doesn’t get made more often. Especially in the form of Baked Raspberry Cheesecake Oatmeal.  […]

  19. bmi kids 09.10.2010

    It’s constantly nice to see your blog on here. I in reality enjoy your blog .

  20. Cassie 12.26.2012

    This was fantastic!! Question – is this recipe for one serving? It looks like one serving size of all ingredients, so just looking to make sure.

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