I love baked oatmeal.  It’s delicious, frugal, and a great way to use up those leftover pieces of fruit that no one seems to want to eat (for whatever reason).

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Scrappy Baked Oatmeal: How to use up fruit past its prime.

Whenever I notice that we have fruit that is being neglected (that poor pear was just the wrong shape, I guess), I know that it’s time to whip up a batch of Scrappy Baked Oatmeal.

I like to make this oatmeal the day before…which means that everyone comes home from school or work to a delicious smelling house!  It smells like cookies baking, and tastes delicious.

I know.  Pretty mean of me to make them wait until the next morning to enjoy it.

After I have mixed together all of the ingredients, I grab that unwanted fruit and cut away the bad parts until I find a decent pile of diced pears, apples, peaches, or whatever you have lying around.

This part isn’t ever really measured.  I just try to make sure there is enough to spread throughout the whole dish so everyone gets some fruit in their bowl.

You could also toss in the last bits of fruit you have from the freezer.  And if you have no fruit left, this baked oatmeal tastes great on its own, too!

I just use up whatever we have.  If I have a random pile of fruit that is going bad, I just try to make sure that the flavors compliment each other.  Apples with pears, any berries can be combined together, peaches and berries or plums, etc.

It’s a great way to clean out the fridge, and it feels like I got something for free!

Oh, and that’s also what makes it “scrappy”.  Get it??

Scrappy Baked Oatmeal
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Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 10 servings
  • ½ c brown sugar
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 c milk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • ¼ c applesauce
  • ⅓ c softened butter
  • 3½ c quick cooking oats
  • leftover fruit(s) including diced apples, pears, peaches, bananas, etc.
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix together the brown sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add vanilla and milk. Mix in eggs and applesauce. Cut butter into the mixture. Mix in your oats. Dice up and add any fruit of your choice in the amount you prefer (I use about ¼ cup).
  3. Pour into greased 9"x13" casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

scrappy baked oatmeal

What is your favorite way to use up fruit that has seen better days?