Oatmeal Cranberry Bake

¼    cup unsalted butter, melted & slightly cooled, plus more for the pan

2     cups old-fashioned rolled oats

¾    cup almonds (toasted* & chopped) – may also use sliced almonds

½    cup dried cranberries

1     teaspoon ground cinnamon

1¾  cups whole milk

2      large eggs beaten

1/3  cup pure maple syrup

2      teaspoons pure vanilla extract

 

Heavy cream or milk for serving (optional)

 

Directions:

 

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
  3. Combine the oats, almonds, cranberries, cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in the melted butter, milk, eggs, maple syrup, & vanilla. Mix well & spread evenly in the prepared dish.
  4. Bake until golden & center is firm, 35-45 min. Serve warm, drizzled with cream or milk if desired. Leftovers are delicious warmed up with a bit of milk or cream.

*Toast raw almonds in a 350 degree F oven on a rimmed baking sheet until fragrant & golden brown, 8-10 min. Let cool before chopping.