I was asked ever so nicely for this recipe, so I'm putting it here.
We do mix this up, depending on what I have in the fridge (applesauce is often not there) and in the pantry for dried fruit, but this is the standard that I use. Feel free to mix it up and experiment for yourself!
Baked Oatmeal (or Oatmeal Cake - the kids' preference)
3 cups rolled oats (I use old fashioned but quick oats are fine)
1 cup dried fruit (raisins, chopped dates, cranberries, apples, whatever)
1/4 cup sugar or honey - I usually use honey
2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon, or more if you're a big fan like me
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup plain yogurt (I like nonfat greek yogurt)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil (I have skipped this the last couple of times and no one noticed)
2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350
Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet in another, combine. Pour into an oiled 8" square or round baking dish. If desired, sprinkle top with 2T brown sugar mixed with 1/4 tsp of cinnamon for a crunchy sweet top.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Serve with sweetened yogurt on top, as well with any fruit you may want to add. I like to mix plain yogurt with a really dark honey, like pecan honey for this.
Proven modifications - I have substituted an extra 1/4 cup each of milk and yogurt when I had no applesauce, and added chopped apple. We have used dates, dried mango, raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, etc. and they're all quite good. I usually use old fashioned oats, which gives a nice chewy texture, but quick oats are also good, and make it more cakey. Using the canola oil makes it more tender. Without the oil, it is almost like a soft granola bar and is easier to pack along. The kids prefer it with the added sweetness of the topping or the yogurt (especially if you didn't add the oil).