Bethesda Baked Oatmeal Brings Treasured Memories

There is a group of friends that have been meeting at Bethesda for a couple of weekends a year for over two decades.  Part of their tradition includes a delicious baked oatmeal that they shared with us over New Year’s weekend.  This simple recipe came from the wife of the first host family at Bethesda in the 80’s and it continues to be enjoyed here.  While eating this we fondly remembered Eleanor Bouwman who went home to be with Jesus in 1998 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Her wonderful cooking and warm hospitality overflowed from her love for Jesus and for all the people that God sent her way.   Sherry and I were touched and blessed by her love and her wonderful example.  Eleanor is one of the big reasons that we are following in the footsteps of her and Merv as the fourth host family at Bethesda.  She continues to live on in our memories and hearts as an inspiration.  Thanks to Larry and Sue (second host family) for sharing the baked oatmeal tradition and the recipe with us!

Bethesda Baked Oatmeal Recipe

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs

Beat together, then add:

  • 3 cups quick cooking oatmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk

Mix well and pour into an 8″x8″ baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Cut in pieces and serve in cereal bowls topped with milk, optional raisins and of course some Bethesda maple syrup.

“O Taste and see that the Lord is good!” ~ Psalm 34:8