Baked Berry Oatmeal

by Terri Peña

While the title says berry oatmeal, any fruit will do.  Peaches, plums and cherries are just as delicious.  In the middle of winter when tasty fruit is out of season, go ahead and use frozen.  When you use frozen all of the prep work is done for you and your oatmeal will take on the color of the fruit.  You can even use different fruit in each jar for a rainbow in your refrigerator.

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The Berry Oatmeal can be eaten right out of the oven, or stored and reheated for a quick, healthy, filling breakfast.  To store, let the jars cool completely and then cover with lids or plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

To reheat, place uncovered jar in microwave and warm for one minute.  If you like your oatmeal on the thin side, add a splash of milk before reheating.  Before eating, sprinkle with chopped nuts and raw sugar if desired.  Try to wait until tomorrow to have another one.

*If your house does not have an abundant supply of Mason jars, any oven and microwave proof container can be used.  Small Pyrex bowls, custard cups, ramekins, even drinking glasses will work.

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