Prize-Winning Crunchy Top Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal — and a trip WINNER!

By Ann Fulton

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UPDATE: I am thrilled to announce that the winner of the trip to Canyon Ranch in Miami, Florida is Matthew Fairbanks!  Thank you all for voting, entering, and being a friend of The Fountain Avenue Kitchen.  I truly wish I could send you all on a trip!  Congratulations to Matthew and wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving week!

First, I must extend a humongous thank you to all the wonderful Fountain Avenue Kitchen friends who took a moment to vote for this recipe in the Smart Balance recipe contest.  Never before have I participated in a national contest and I certainly never expected to win.  I was happy that I at least had a recipe I was proud of and that many of you have baked and enjoyed.  (A big thanks to all of you who so thoughtfully share feedback and photos of my recipes you have cooked…I read and enjoy every last comment!)

So, now that my feet are touching the ground again after learning of the big win, it is time to get down to business.  After all, there is a trip to give away!  For having the winning recipe, I win TWO all expenses paid trips for two to Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, Florida–one to keep and one to give away.  The winner will have until November 2, 2013 to use the trip (and will not have to go with me!).  

The Prize Package includes the following, for you and a guest:

  • Round trip airfare from winner’s location to Miami International Airport
  • Transportation to & from Miami International Airport to Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach
  • 2 nights in a one-bedroom suite at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach
  • $500 resort credit for spa treatments & dining

To see more about what Canyon Ranch has to offer, you may click HERE.


To enter, all you need to do is leave your name and a comment on this post.  Comments will be taken from noon (eastern time) on Sunday, November 4, 2012 through noon on Sunday, November 18, 2012.  A winning name will be chosen by a random, third-party drawing and will be announced by 4:00 PM on Sunday, November 18.  The winner will have 48 hours to reply to me and acknowledge the prize.  The winner will then be directed to Smart Balance to receive all the details of the above-described, super fabulous trip and plan away!  In the event that the winning name does not reply within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected in the same manner.


Ok…so I think I covered all the pertinent details.  I have never done a give-away before and this is certainly starting big!  I look forward to reading the comments and selecting one very lucky winner!  After you comment, feel free to peek around the various recipe categories.  I would be thrilled if you found something new to try!


Good luck!!!

If you like this recipe, you may want to visit the Breakfast Foods category of this website to see some of the seasonal variations.  Another fall favorite of my family and friends is a pumpkin version which can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Overnight Crunchy Top Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
I am always experimenting with and tweaking my recipes and baked oatmeal is no exception! Recently, I began adding two tablespoons of steel cut oats to the batter. The recipe is delicious without, but if you have these oats on hand and like a bit more "texture" to your food, you could give it a try!
Yields 6-8 servings
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup melted Smart Balance Original Buttery Spread (butter, coconut oil, and canola oil work well, too)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (keep a pack of the individual serving cups on hand–they are the perfect size)
  • 1 small apple, grated (fine to leave skin on)
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (I use non-fat, any kind would work)
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats (use certified gluten-free oats if necessary)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  1. Combine all ingredients except the oats and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add oats and mix well.
  2. Transfer mixture to a buttered baking dish. (You may use a 9-inch pie plate or an 9-inch square pan–or really any 2-quart baking dish–depending on how thick you would like your oatmeal. A 10-inch cast iron skillet works well, too.) Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  3. When ready to bake, let the baking dish sit on the counter while the oven pre-heats to 375 degrees. Uncover the oatmeal and bake for 27-30 minutes or until just firm in the center. Remove oatmeal from oven, set oven to broil, and sprinkle brown sugar over top of oatmeal. Broil for a minute, watching very closely, or until the topping is melted and lightly browned.
  4. May serve with warmed milk, slivered almonds, chopped walnuts or pecans, and sliced bananas, if desired. My kids eat it plain, like a muffin; I load it up. Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator. May reheat gently in the microwave.
  • You may also make the baked oatmeal as muffins. When doing this, I refrigerate the uncooked oatmeal in the mixing bowl then transfer to the muffin tin once the liquid has been absorbed by the oats. I get 8 regular muffins or 6 jumbo and bake for approximately 20 minutes. (Because of the wider proportions of my jumbo tin, those muffins bake in the same amount of time as the muffins baked in my regular tin. Just peek a little early until you know the exact time for your oven.)
  • If you use melted butter or coconut oil in this recipe, it is helpful to have the ingredients come to room temperature before mixing, That way, the butter or oil will not re-harden when it comes into contact with the cold ingredients.
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    1. Christine V

      Congratulations on your prize-winning recipe! I’m a big fan of baked oatmeal! This looks scrumptious. I’m anxious to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  1. Pamela Illes

    I have loved many of your recipes and have been waiting to try your oatmeal. I hope I win! I’d love a weekend with my husband away from it all! (Including the cooking!)

  2. Kristy Newton

    Congratulations on your winning recipe!! I love steel cut oats and plan on trying your recipe.. I looks totally yummy!!!! Hope I get to go to the spa too:)!!!!!!!!

  3. Jenny Davis

    So happy that you won! Will be making this again this week. Such a good recipe, thanks for all of your hard work.

  4. Kate Brossman

    Ann, Congrats on the win. It has been wonderful to see how Fountain Avenue Kitchen has grown over the past year. Looking forward to trying this recipe.

  5. Gloria Hisaw

    Made this dish for breakfast and the kids loved the crunchy warm feeling. Will be making this dish for our Sunday brunch at church. Thank you:)

  6. Gloria Hisaw

    Congrats on your winning recipe. Made this for the kids and they loved the crunchy warm feeling. Will be making this for Sunday brunch at church.

  7. MaryAlice Koop

    So happy for you…would love to win a visit to that place…so much great healthy stuff to be learned and taken home…would we be contacted by email? …if so, please let me know who the email would come from or how it would be “titled”, would HATE to have won, only to accidentally delete a “junk mail”, we get a ton of that! I just don’t enter things much, but couldn’t pass up trying this one! Wish places like this would fit into my family’s normal budget! LOL <3

  8. Jill Corvino

    Thank you Ann for all of your healthy, family friendly recipes and your words of encouragement along the way!

  9. Linda Leidy

    Congratulations! I look forward to seeing your new recipes posted each day. I’m so glad you won (and hope I do, too!).

  10. Maria

    Congrats on the win! The recipe was delicious and the kids LOVED it! I have family in Miami, so this would be an awesome getaway!

  11. Carrie Steinweg

    Great recipe! And OMG could I use a getaway! Hubby and I celebrate 20 years of marriage last year…had hoped to do a trip, but couldn’t manage it. In our 18 years since becoming parents, we haven’t taken a vacation by ourselves – just a couple B & B overnighters that lasted about 20 hours. This trip sounds heavenly! Congrats on winning the contest!!!!!!!

  12. Sara Marinucci

    I completely support your addiction to oatmeal… it fuels mine! I loved the baked peach marzcapone oatmeal. Can’t wait to eat more, more, more!!! Congratulations on your win; how perfect!

  13. laura

    just made this baked oatmeal and had it for breakfast this morning and it was delicious! I could seriously use this vacation, so I really hope my name is picked!

  14. Lynne Ernst

    I’ve been looking for a new healthy breakfast recipe that I can prepare ahead of time, for when I’m in a hurry to get to work. Can’t wait to try it. Congrats on winning the Smart Balance contest!

  15. Kay Compher

    Our family all enjoy this recipe, tasty, filling and satisfying! We’d love a get away. Thank you Ann for your energy! Congratulations on winning! Hooray!

  16. Michelle

    Congratulations on your win! I haven’t had a chance to try the apple oatmeal yet, but I have made the pumpkin. Delish! Thanks for all the healthy recipes, I enjoy your blog.

  17. Amee

    Ann, like I said earlier, this win couldn’t have happened to a more deserving and talented cook!! I have enjoyed all of your recipes and I’m grateful for all that you have shared with my readers at Amee’s Savory Dish! This oatmeal bake is a wonderful recipe that is simple to prepare and full of flavor…yum!!! I can’t wait to hear all about your heavenly vacation and who knows, maybe I can win one too! πŸ™‚ Fingers and toes are crossed! :):)

  18. Cheryl

    This is fabulous!! I love oatmeal and with all the extras in this it just puts it over the top!! Thank you so much for sharing!! Love your recipes and always look forward to them!!

  19. Ellen Finger

    I really hope I win so I can take my wonderful sister, Julie, on a trip! Congrats and thanks for the opportunity!

  20. Ruthie Blazer

    Ann, after hearing about this at church this morning, I had to log on and check out your site! So glad I did. My family is having your lentil soup for dinner. I thought we might try this recipe for “desert,” but since it needs to soak overnight, it will be a yummy breakfast instead. Congratulations!

  21. Rita Foster

    I am so happy that you were selected as the recipe winner! I am sure you will have an amazing time on your trip!

  22. Beth Clark

    Congratulations on winning. You deserve it! I am glad I found you on Facebook. I always enjoy exploring new recipes and websites.
    Thanks for all you do.

  23. Peg

    You really deserve this, Ann!!
    Your website and recipes are so wonderful and the way you respond to people on your website and Facebook kind of amazes me because of the time it must take.

  24. Lisa Waldo

    Congratulations Ann! Love your blog and can’t wait to try this recipe and some of the others. We use Smart Balance, instead of butter or regular margarine, in all of our recipes. Enjoy your trip!
    We could really use this getaway too. πŸ™‚

  25. Chris Snyder

    Congratulations Ann…you truly do deserve this win. A BIG thank you to you for enriching the lives of others through this site. You have sparked a new excitement for cooking in me and I’m so grateful for that! Food is so often what brings people together, especially family. What you do Ann is truly a gift to so many people.

  26. Victoria Brody

    Can’t wait to try this oatmeal. Love all your recipes. Here’s to healthy eating, and to Canyon Ranch!

  27. karen meyer

    Congrats on winning the prize, I tried the recipe and the fam loved it. I love baked oatmeal and will be trying this one too. do you have a pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe? I am in the mood for pumpkin this week.

    1. Ann

      Thanks, Karen! I do have a pumpkin version and included a link to that recipe next to the photo of the baked oatmeal in this post. Hope you enjoy!

  28. Johanna

    I wanted to make this last night but ran put of eggs! Tomorrow for sure. I have also made a couple of your recipes and loved them all…especially the cauliflower fried rice. Thanks for a great blog and for the change to win such a great trip. What a perfect 14th anniversary it world be for me and the hubs.

  29. Tonia Goodwin

    Congratulations on your big win! It’s a well deserving win, because this recipe is fantastic. We tried the pumpkin version and fell in love! Thank you for sharing.

  30. Mary Lou Keller

    I love this recipe and so thrilled that you won! What a terrific vacation for you and your hubby!

    I have made this oatmeal twice and plan to make again over coming weekend.

    I feel bad entering this contest, but I sure would love a trip to Miami Beach. We have not had a vacation in almost 7 years.

    Keep those fabulous recipes coming Ann!

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  32. Lynne Herr

    It was a pleasure to vote for you in the contest. Love the recipes you post here. My fingers are crossed to win the spa weekend. I’ve worked 3 jobs for 10 years. and can’t imagine a nicer gift that a couple of days of relaxation and pampering.

  33. Sara DeLeeuw

    Hi Ann!

    Congratulations on winning this contest! Your recipes are so full of love. Thank you for taking the time to share them with us!

    I can’t wait to see pictures of your trip! xoxox~

  34. Susan Bauer

    So proud of you!! Congrats!! This recipe is a Sunday regular in our home…kids LOVE it too!! Hope you two have a wonderful..and well deserved trip!

  35. Tami Newman

    Congratulations on your win! The baked oatmeal recipe looks delicious… I will be trying it this weekend πŸ™‚

  36. Joelle Baker

    Congratulations on your win! πŸ™‚ I am new to your site…but have been getting raves on the recipes I’ve tried… Thanks for making me look like a great cook!! πŸ˜‰

  37. Melissa Underwood

    I love baked oatmeal especially once the weather turns cooler. Can’t wait to try this award winning recipe! Congratulations! I have tried so many of your recipes now and have never experienced a bad one. Thank you!

  38. Amy Duggan

    Congratulations on your winning recipe, Ann! I am so happy for you and proud of your accomplishment. It was such a pleasure working with you for Fig over the past couple of months… I have been able to try many new recipes! Keep in touch πŸ™‚

  39. Debi Drescher

    not a big fan of breakfast (and I know I should be) so baked oatmeal is one of my favorite choices. Congrats on your win. Will be trying this winning recipe!

  40. Jenn Barley

    congratulations on your win! I definitely was on of the “likes” on the Smart Balance website! As soon as I had seen the contest and recipe, we made it and it was sooo good. We can’t wait to try more of your recipes πŸ™‚ I’ve been waiting to see how you enter this next part…so glad I somehow found this and would definitely not want to miss an opportunity to win an amazing trip like this!
    Thanks again!

  41. Emily S.

    Congratulations on your win! I have always wanted to enter a recipe contest. Can’t wait to try the recipe – sounds amazing!

  42. Becky Bartos

    Congratulations, Ann! Your wonderful recipes have really changed the way I cook for my family — now I’m off to make your cauliflower soup!! Becky



  44. Natalie Rhoads

    I have been making your baked oatmeal recipes since I first saw the Peach Swirl Baked Oatmeal recipe in the Sunday News. I am currently hooked on your Pumpkin Crunchy Top Baked Oatmeal. Next one to try is this Smart Balance prize-winning recipe…I can’t wait to try it. I KNOW I will LOVE it! Congratulations again on your win, Ann!

  45. Kristi

    Congrats on the win. I haven’t been following your blog for too long but have made quite a few of your recipies. Made this one this past weekend for company and they gobbled it up. My son alone had three servings! So easy to modify, I made it dairy and egg free and it turned out just as good as the dairy and egg version I served last month.

  46. Meg Graham

    Well done, Ann! Love to see a School Lane Hills neighbor doing so well. I’m looking forward to trying the winning baked oatmeal recipe.

  47. Rila Hackett

    Hurray, Ann! It seemed quite fitting (and somewhat prophetic) that on the day I heard about your winning this contest, I happened to be eating the last piece of the Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal. So in celebration of your well-deserved win, I made another batch! I didn’t grow up with baked oatmeal, but your baked oatmeals are becoming a comfort food for me. Thank you, Ann, for sharing your love for cooking and hospitality with all of us!

  48. April

    So proud of you, Ann! I remember you sharing your very earliest aspirations for the Fountain Avenue Kitchen over tea at my house. Look where you’ve come since then. Can’t wait to try this recipe! I had never had baked oatmeal before landing in Lancaster but find most recipes too sweet. Love the blending of maple syrup, brown sugar and unsweetened applesauce to strike the perfect balance between spice and sweet. Also love the Smart Balance alternative! Congrats again!

  49. Amy Schultz

    I saw this recipe posted at the Y and was SO excited to try it!!!! Thanks πŸ™‚ and a BIG congrats on your win!!!!! YUM!!!

  50. Missy

    Congrats, Ann! Would love to enjoy the spa trip with my awesome hubby, to celebrate our 25th anniversary, a bit belated!

  51. Judy M

    Ann, I’ve really enjoyed your column in the newspaper! I have been cutting out the recipes weekly and so I’m delighted to have found your blog. I’m looking forward to trying this baked oatmeal recipe. Thanks!

  52. Liz Laurich

    I am excited to try this kind of like apple crisp, healthy oatmeal & apple pie rolled into one! Thank you love your creativity! Liz

  53. Kim Briner

    Hi Ann! How fantastic, I’m so proud of you. Love this recipe, I’m thinking I’ll use it Thanksgiving morning! xo

  54. Ivy

    It was fun following the competition. I’ve only been aware of TFAK for a couple of months, but I’m as happy for you as if I won that contest myself. I’m not a big fan of oatmeal, but yours looks so good and crunchy, I’m gonna try it. My daughter and I could really use a vacation so I have my fingers crossed. Best of luck to you and your blog.

  55. Daina

    So excited for you! Love how this impulse has grown for you from a Facebook post to website to newspapers and now national recognition! You always have inspirational, healthy recipes. This baked oatmeal is no exception.

  56. Stephanie Ziska

    How wonderful Ann, what a fantastic thing for you how well deserved !! Love oatmeal and this will be a great addition to my family table!!!

  57. Rebecca Walker

    I have already made this–my family enjoys a breakfast-for-dinner night each week–and EVERYBODY loved it, even the teens. My 78 year-old Dad got up early the next morning to make sure he got to the leftovers for breakfast before anyone else. LOL Next up–the pumpkin version. Can’t wait!

  58. Mary Lyn

    This looks delicious and since I am cooking Thanksgiving this year I am going to make it as a alternative to the other pies that will be there. Congrats on the win!!!

  59. Mindy Reighard

    I have made several of your baked oatmeal recipes and this one remains the favorite. I plan to include it in a collection of recipes to be given as a gift to friends this Christmas so they can enjoy it too.Thanks for sharing.

  60. Joan

    Congratulations on your win and thank you for the oatmeal recipe~It’s my favorite way to eat oatmeal now πŸ™‚ I made this for a brunch Sunday and everyone loved it~

  61. justine

    Congrats, Ann, so happy for you! I’m thrilled that your creativity, drive, and kindness has paid off in such a special way. I’m gonna throw my hat in the ring, but it looks like I’ve got a lot of competition for that amazing prize πŸ˜‰

  62. Melissa Sfida Allen

    Nothing like a giveaway to encourage the comments. Way to rock social media for doing what you love- what an inspiration!

  63. Lee Levato

    Hello Ann, Congratulations! I can’t wait to try out your baked Oatmeal. You know, Larry is the cook in our family and Baked Oatmeal is one of his favorites! I actually heard of your site through Fig and then Church. Glad to know about this. Lare and I will be checking out your recipes for sure!!

  64. judy

    Congrats on your well deserved win! this oatmeal reciepe is a keeper– I’ll definitely give it a try! The beautiful photos on your site are a treat in themselves.

  65. Richard Levengood

    Ann……I never doubted for one minute
    your future success. You’re the best. Let
    me know when we leave for Miami!!

  66. Ttrockwood

    Congratulations on the big win!!
    This baked oatmeal looks soooo delicious and will be perfect for some weekday breakfasts!
    I would love this trip for some r’n’r- my work has been super insane and i could use a recharge after this no power for a week from sandy mess in new york city!

  67. Paula

    I only just found your site through a friend and I am so delighted. I love the way you cook. I’m so happy for you on your win! This recipe really does look fantastic. I have some children who are going to love this when I make it for them. All that apple yummy goodness will hit the spot.

  68. ally

    Congrats, Annneee girl!! You so deserved to win!! I’m all in and would love to head to Miami w/my hunny Ben!! Here’s to the force being w/my comment!! xoxo Hugs, Ally

  69. Lisa Young

    Congratulations! I have used many of your recipes and all were a hit with my family – especially the granola!

    Thank you.

  70. Thomasine Miles

    Your recipes look awesome. Love the baked oatmeal recipe. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Congratulations Ann!

  71. Kris

    Hi Ann,

    Congrats on the winning recipe!!! I just love this recipe. My kids thought it was the best I every made!! I love seeing all the new recipes that you have each week expecially the Gluten-free ones. Keep up the great work.

  72. Kiefer Kieferdog

    Ann, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You so deserve this coz you can rock any meal!!!
    PLEASE send that li’l Ally girl and Ben to Miami, they hardly ever get out!
    Have a great weekend and enjoy your trip, too!!
    <3 KK

  73. ~ Jess B

    Just made this recipe today and it was delicious! Definitely a cosy comfort food. Congratulations on your recipe win and thank you for the chance to win a trip, it sounds wonderful.

  74. Julie B

    Congratulations on winning – I hope you have a fabulous time at Canyon Ranch! I have made the recipe twice now – once for my 6-year old twin girls and they loved it and the second time was for a potluck brunch! This would be such a fun trip to win πŸ™‚

  75. Mary L Fake

    Fantastic !! You won, And this Apple Oatmeal recipe is just delicious , I made it this morning and we all loved the flavors. It is a winner of a recipe . I plan to make this every cold weekend in the morning for breakfast with our Coffee. Thanks!

  76. Stacie Skelly

    Awesome Ann! So happy for you! Love all the recipes I’ve tried so far, can’t wait for more! Love to cook, but love blue water too!

  77. Leona Myer

    Congratulations, Ann. I’m looking forward to trying your Baked Oatmeal recipe. As far as I”m concerned, adding oatmeal to my baked goods makes baking worthwhile!

  78. Stacey Kubis

    Congratulations, Ann! Just tried your Slow Cooker Turkey Tenderloin and loved it! This week, we are attempting the Ginger Curry Lentil Soup. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes with us!

  79. Alice Ross-Biddle

    Congratulations! I am Jen Gaalswy’ks sister. I have tried out some of the recipes and they are great!! I have recommended the site to many friends.

  80. Carole Giagnocavo

    Congratulations Ann! My family first fell in love with your peach baked oatmeal and now your apple cinnamon….whats next?! Cheers to great taste and good health, keep them coming.

  81. Betsy & Brett Anderson

    This is a favorite weekend breakfast for my whole family. I should mention that it doesn’t just get eaten at breakfast time, but is snacked on all day long!

  82. R.A.Stein

    Last week i cut this recipe out of the paper. Tried it and LOVED it. I have tried many baked oatmeal recipes but now this is THE ONE!
    Now this week i read that it won a prize.
    How cool is that. Now i’m enjoying famous baked oatmeal to boot!
    Congrats on your surprise victory! Well deserved. πŸ™‚

  83. Karen Garber

    Congratulations Ann!!! Love following your posts and reading your column in the Sunday News…can’t wait to try this recipe πŸ™‚

  84. Margaret Pauly

    I’m so happy for you, Ann! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and trying your recipes. Such an accomplishment to win a contest like this! It’s the start of more good things to come….

  85. Elizabeth Madison

    Voted for you and so glad you won! i haven’t had the opportunity to make this recipe yet, but it looks amazing and is certainly on my “to make” list!!

  86. Mary Wilson

    To tell you the truth, I have never heard of baked oatmeal before, but I LOVE oatmeal!!…so I am sure this would be great. I love trying new recipes, and can’t wait to try this one. I am a Culinary Arts student, and if I were to win, I would use the trip as a Graduation gift for my husband and myself in May 2013….as a reward to both of us!!

  87. Heather at Basilmomma

    You know that I am a fan of oatmeal…so I HAD to make this after I voted for you in the Smart Balance contest! What a great recipe!!
    It goes without saying that I would literally weep if I won this.
    Thank you for offering this!!!

  88. Kathy McClinton

    I am not a big fan of oatmeal but your recipe looks and sounds so good I can not wait to try it.

    P.S. Congratulations!

  89. Jenny Davis

    I have been to Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Ma several times and would be so excited to see Miami. Thanks again for the awesome recipe! We love it.

  90. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking & More

    The win couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person, Ann! I am SO very excited for you!! I cannot wait to read about your trip and you’d better post pictures to your FB page while you’re there!!!
    It’s 7:30 pm and I’m off to pick up some oatmeal and applesauce so we can have this in the morning!
    Much love, my friend!! Enjoy your trip – you EARNED it!!!

  91. Lynne

    You’re picking the winner on my 60th birthday, so wish me luck! My daughter just lost her job and if I win we’ll go together for a little consolation.

  92. Jen Strasenburgh

    Congratulations Ann! I can’t wait to try the baked oatmeal! Thank you so much for offering this great vacation. I hope I win, it sounds fantastic!

  93. Debbie

    I’ve always wanted to go to Canyon Ranch.
    My husband & I could use this as there’s been so much stress & this would be the perfect relaxation/rejuvination for us!
    Gosh, we’d go anytime (just not between Jan-May), tax season!
    My fingers are crossed!
    Love your blog. Thanks for offering this for a lucky winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  94. Marlena

    I’m new to your blog and recipes –and loving what you’ve got here! Especially the simplicity and yumminess of the recipes. Congrats on the win!

  95. Sara A. Baker

    Congratulations, Ann! You and your fabulous recipes deserve this honor! We’re going to try your pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe next weekend.

  96. Gina Bogda

    Recipe looks yummy, will need to try it this week. Canyon Ranch sounds fabulous with my hubby to celebrate our 15 yr anniversary!

  97. Chris Hudyma

    Hi Ann! Congratulations on winning big! You certainly deserve it with the variety and quality of recipes you develop and share. I typically connect with you thru FB and always find something scrumptious to share from your page. All the best and thanks for the opportunity to try and win this trip too! — Chris, Food Revolution Snohomish Co

  98. Kari McLaughlin

    So very happy that you had the winning recipe in the Smart Balance competition! I’ve never been to Miami but if I won, I would take my mom as she has been once and has always wanted to go back and explore! Seems like winter would be the perfect time for two gals living in Montana and Colorado! πŸ™‚

  99. francene kilichowski

    congrats on your well deserved win – I hope you’ll be thinking of me as I think of YOU….. while I am having a massage at the resort in Miami !

  100. Amber

    Have been wanting to try this for quite some time and now that the fall season has arrived, I do believe it’s time! πŸ™‚

  101. Judy White

    Congratulations on your win! It looks delicious. I’ll be trying it very soon. Meanwhile, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for the contest. I’ve never been to Miami OR to a spa!!

  102. Don Hackett

    I am so excited that you are blessing so many people with your gifts and your passions. I feel you offer us not only tasty, healthy recipes, but also a love of life and wonderful ways to value the people in our lives. Thank you, Ann!

  103. Colleen

    Congrats on your win. This oatmeal is delicious! I love your recipes in the paper, everything is always so healthy which I love! I am going to follow your blog to see all your delicious recipes…thanks!

  104. Shea Breitling

    I am so excited to try this! I have recently ruined an oatmeal recipe in the crockpot and have been looking for a good one for Thanksgiving weekend. This one looks perfect!

  105. Monica

    What a great recipe and giveaway! Oatmeal is my go-to when the weather turns cold. I make mine overnight in a crock-pot using steel cut oats. What a great way to start the morning!

  106. Carrie Campbell

    Made this baked oatmeal for the first time yesterday & love it! Nice to have a different option for the usual stuff. I have made several other things since stumbling on your blog 3 weeks ago. Thank you!

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  108. Cindy Harms

    I found you on pinterest after pinning your yummy Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-cut Oatmeal. I actually have it in my slow cooker right now! I’m using your great idea of putting a bowl in slow cooker so it doesn’t burn! All I need to do now is to turn it on & go to bed…waking up to the wonderful amora of breakfast! Great for early morning bus stops! Thanks for your great recipes & ideas! Excited for your prize & for your giveaway…which I would love to win πŸ˜‰

  109. Ken

    Congratulations Ann on your win. Hope you enjoy that spa trip! I ran at WEAA with your Mom. I love baked oatmeal…have extra pumpkin and didn’t know what to use it for. Got an answer now!!! Thanks!

  110. Jessica

    Congratulations on winning the Smart Balance contest! This recipe looks soooo good. I love oatmeal and I love apples. Also, the Miami trip sounds really fun; I’ve never been to Florida but I do have a few good friends there πŸ™‚

  111. Caroline

    I am looking forward to trying this. Your recipes are always interesting to me. It would be great to actually eat this at the spa!!!!!

  112. Shelton Hill, Jr

    I love oatmeal. I lke this as dessert or anytime snack with a cup of coffee. I love your facebook page. Theres is quiet a variety of simple and fast recipes.

    Thank you for Sharing. Shelton

  113. AmyM

    Hi, I grew up on oatmeal (rolled oats). I’ve eaten it every day since I was a child and still love it! We got a new Whole Foods Market in our area and I bought some of the steel cut oats…I like them as they are, but, wanted to figure out what to make with them. Now I know…
    Thanks so much and congratulations! What a great accomplishment!

    1. Ann

      Thanks so much, Amy, and just a quick note…I use the regular oats in this recipe as opposed to steel cut. I do have a great recipe for steel cut baked oatmeal that I still need to share: )

  114. Nicole Gardner

    hi there. i saw this recipe on your site and made it for my kids. AND then i ended up eating the entire thing myself!
    congrats πŸ™‚

  115. Valerie

    Congratulations ~ have a great time on your trip!!
    This oatmeal looks so delicious & filling!! I can’t wait to try it! If it tastes as good as it looks, and I’m sure that it will, it will be a great dish to make & take to work for breakfast during the week when I don’t have time to sit down for a good breakfast! I may give this recipe a try for Thanksgiving weekend. Thank you.

  116. Kathy

    Thank you for some great recipes. Not only is FB a great way to keep in touch with family and friends I have gotten a chance to try different recipes that even my picky teenage son really likes and even asks for.

  117. Rebecca Gardner

    Congratulations I will have to try this recipe. Hope to win the getaway as well. It would make a nice break for my husband and I for our anniversary. Have to get someone to watch the kids.

  118. Rebecca Gardner

    Congratulations on the win. This recipe sounds really good to make will have to try it. I would love to win the trip it would be a great getaway and graduation present for my husband.

  119. Wayne Polsin

    Looks like a winning desert for the upcoming holiday. We will be making this!!!! Thank you sooo much for sharing!

  120. Deborah Holland

    Congratulations Ann–winning a cooking contest is a great accomplishment! I think your baked oatmeal sounds delicious and I plan to try it this weekend–need to go get some applesauce! Will share the recipe with my sister; we’ve been gradually changing our diets for the better this year:) We made little baked oatmeal discs earlier this fall in muffin tins so may try that with this recipe too:) Thanks!

    1. Ann

      Sounds terrific, Deborah! This recipe works perfectly as muffins. Allow to rest in the bowl and then transfer to muffin tins. I have baking times and a few details included in the attached pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe: )

  121. Deb Klein

    Congrats on a great recipe and on winning for that recipe!!! Have fun on your trip and plz enter me in drawing for the other trip.

  122. Amy D

    Wow! Congrats on winning the contest! This seems like an absolutely delicious recipe and I can’t wait to make it myself! πŸ™‚

  123. Judy Haiges

    Hey Ann! You know I love the baked oatmeal and have made this recipe before. I think I need to invest in a cast-iron skillet though. Also – looking forward to trying the pumpkin version.

  124. Margo Taylor

    I love baked oatmeal, especially with steel cut oats. I’m going to try this recipe because I like the idea of using maple and apples, and I can make it fat free. Thanks for a great recipe!

  125. Lindsay Langford

    Thank you for all the great ideas! My ability to research new menu items has been reduced lately and I enjoy visiting The Fountain Avenue kitchen for inspiration. Keep up the good work!

  126. Stacey Wilson

    Ann: Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Miami Beach sounds as delightful as when I make this recipe!! I have three neighbors hooked on your baked oatmeal. They are now sharing with other co-workers, friends, and family! Kuddos to you and now I hope I win!!

  127. Michele Criste

    Congratulations Ann! You really deserve to savor the win and go on this trip with Jack! Thanks for all the great work and recipes you post. Your healthy twist on all recipes is an inspiration to all!

  128. Michele Criste

    Congratulations Ann! You deserve a break from the kitchen and should take this trip with Jack! Your healthy recipes are an inspiration to all!

  129. Mary Chairs

    Great job Ann – I haven’t made your oatmeal recipe yet but I have made your wicked chicken more than once! Keep it up!

  130. Liza Steele

    Ann, Have always loved your recipes and gracious hosting. The Fountain Avenue blog keeps me trying new things and gives me healthy alternatives… and of course…. Maggie and I would love to get away! Congrats again on the win.

  131. Jessica Sines

    I wonder if the Spa will serve your yummy baked oatmeal. I can envision eating it while enjoying what looks like a beautiful view. *sigh* Congratulations!!

  132. Jason I

    Congrats again! You certainly deserve this great honor! I’m so happy to have played a small part in helping you achieve your goal & win this fantastic prize. Good luck with the selection process, I don’t envy you. lol

  133. Ann leonard

    Amazing! Jack told me of the number of your followers and I am overwhelmed. Congrats on your success and your great ideas. You deserve it.

  134. Deb Esbenshade

    Ann, you are a winner in every way! Congratulations! You know I am not the best of cooks, but I love baked oatmeal and am going to give this a try. Keep up the good, and tasty, work!

  135. Beverley

    Ann, I love your page because you put your heart and soul into it and that reflects through your recipes. You care about your recipes and you keep our tastes buds wanting more. This recipe was a winner from conception and there will be many households across the world eating your Crunchy Top Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal. Your prize is so deserving and I am sure you will enjoy it to the max. So come on lets Vacation together in Miami, how cool would that be? Beverley xoxo

  136. Christina Andrews

    I love baked oatmeal and have some leftover apples so this is a must try! I also want to look into the pumpkin recipe. I am loving all the pumpkin goodies this time of year. Just wish I could get my little ones to love oatmeal as much as I do. Oh well πŸ™‚ Congratulations on your recent successes!

  137. Lynn

    Yay! Congratulations on winning the contest (not that any of us are surprised)!! I’d love to win this trip, but even if I don’t, I hope you and the other trip winner have a blast!

  138. Jen Anderson

    Congrats on your success, and thanks for all of the amazing recipes! i feel very lucky to live in a day where we can connect with people from all over so easily and share ideas!

  139. Carla

    Congratulations,You deserved to win with this recipe or any other you post. I love this one and have made it several times. I use a lot of your recipes as they are easy to follow. Hope I win this is on my bucket list. Either way I hope you and yours a wonderful trip.

  140. Rita Torres

    I love baked oatmeal and can’t wait to try this one! It sounds wonderful. I work in retail and could really use this spa trip especially after the holidays.

  141. Beth Schwartz

    Congratulations-this recipe was amazing! I made and shared with my co-workers and we loved it. Thanks for all you do to inspire us.

  142. Christine

    Ann I am so happy for you and thank you for cresting what you have. Your posts and ideas are such an inspiration!! Good luck everyone!

  143. Peggy

    Congratulations! Just found your recipe blog from Donna corner. This recipe sounds yummy and a change from egg dishes. Will trying it Thanksgiving since we will be having 20+ for the weekend.

  144. Karen Bernhardt

    A BIG Congrats to you again ANN! As you know I made your winning recipe (the peach version) and was so nervous to do so (as Im not really a cook) for my cross country daughters in an effort to promote a healthy breakfast before they “ran” out the door each school day, not only was I able to make it with your clear directions but they LOVED it and then it WON the Smart Balance CONTEST! WOO HOO!! <3

  145. Mary

    You have a beautiful site. I am new and looking around.
    Hoping to win that getaway as well. Ha
    Looks like a wonderful recipe. Thanks

  146. Heather Solava

    Congrats on your win and good luck to all the contestants! The recipe looks amazing. Will be trying it this week!

  147. Susan Doyle

    Ann – I look forward to reading your Sunday News column and using the recipes. I plan to make the winning Baked Oatmeal recipe for day-after-Thanksgiving brunch.
    Susie Doyle

  148. Lesa Nottle

    Yay!! Congratulations on your win!! Enjoy your trip to the fullest!! If I were to have won, I would take my hubby of 13 years on a honeymoon, since we never got to go on one!!
    I’m going to try this, but I will modify it so it’s gluten free oatmeal & ingredients. I can’t wait because it’s so nice to have a new treat and I have been craving oatmeal!!

  149. Iris

    Love this website and my daily recipes and updates. This is a great recipe, healthy and perfect for those of us who are glucose intolerant!

  150. Margaret Smith

    I love the recipes you post. You’ve brought a renewed excitement and joy into my kitchen. My family has been ever so grateful! πŸ™‚ October 29th, 2013 – 25 years!

  151. Amie Lawrence

    Ann – you deserve this win! My food pinterest board is 90% recipes from your site. I just polished off some of this oatmeal this morning. Congrats!

  152. lakesha smith

    Great recipie. I love that you can use applesauce to help bind anything! Great idea and cant wait to try this…adding to my list of things needed for my grocery trip πŸ™‚

  153. Rindy MacInnes

    All I can say is YUMMY. I just love recipes I can prepare the night before and just sit and enjoy my coffee while the house fills with good scents.

  154. Mary Ann Cooke

    Ann, this is the first recipe I tried when your started this website. It was a hit with my boys and the gateway recipe for me to try new foods for them. Thanks and congratulations!

  155. Colleen Wilson

    Congrats!!!! How awesome you were so surprised with your win! Love all your recipes. Please count me on for the trip :o) Happy Holidays

  156. Maureen Morrall

    Congrats on the win! I will try that recipe – your recipes have all been winners in our home! Especially the Spiced Pecans and Butterscotch Oatmeal Blondies – can you tell we are big on sweets?! I looked on here initially tonight to see if you had posted any ideas for Thanksgiving menus – your recipes and the comments and stories that accompany them are a real treat!

  157. BONNIE

    Congrats! That is so exciting! I love seeing all of the recipe’s pop up on Facebook for me to try! Why not Try them in Florida? πŸ™‚

  158. Robin Wirth

    Congratulations! I love all the recipes! And so does my family! Your format, stories, and creative ideas are an inspiration. So happy for you!

  159. Amy

    MMmmmm………this looks soooooo good. Being married to a Farmer, I think he’d appreciate this tasty & hearty meal πŸ™‚

  160. patti keil

    Congratulations on your win! I really enjoy your page.

    Would love to win this great prize; I’ve never been to a spa …or to Florida!

    1. Ann

      I am thrilled this recipe has been enjoyed by so many and I am so grateful for the feedback…thank you! Enjoy your Thanksgiving, too!

  161. Ani Larkin

    WOW! What an exciting trip prospect! Please add me to the drawing. I hope we are going together…would love to have someone to talk food with. I really enjoy your gluten free recipes. I’ve Pinned several. Smart Balance is an awesome spread, isn’t it?!