September 30, 2015
When the weather turns cold, nothing tastes better after some exercise in the morning air, than a bowl of hot steamy oatmeal. One of my favorite recipes from the Oh She Glows Cookbook is Maple Cinnamon Apple and Pear Baked Oatmeal. Its super easy to throw together and bakes in the oven. Perfect for a brunch, lazy weekend or company breakfast. You can put it together the night before and throw it in the oven in the morning before you head outside for a walk. When your return, your oatmeal is ready and the house smells of cinnamon heaven. I like to make it in the afternoon and have it as dessert for supper (with whipped coconut cream) and then have the left overs for breakfast – either hot or cold.
I have never been a fan of thick, heavy bowls of oatmeal. I like my oatmeal thin and runny, so I modified the recipe to increase the milk. And the recipe calls for both apples and pears but I used only apples, lots of them, so that the recipe is more like an apple crisp than oatmeal. And I doubled the applesauce. And added dried cranberry.
This baked oatmeal is good hot or cold, for dessert, breakfast or a snack. With added chopped walnuts, its packed with protein and fruit goodness. You can change the fruit around any number of ways (see this rhubarb apple combo from Is to Die For).
A perfect hearty cold day breakfast served with hot chocolate (recipe below).
Baked Apple Oatmeal
- 2 cups oatmeal (gluten free if required)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3 cups almond milk (or coconut or cashew)
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 to 4 apples, diced
- 1/2 cup dried cranberry (or raisons or currants)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 375C and grease a 2 quart casserole dish
In a large bowl, combine oats, sugar, spices, salt and baking powder
In a separate bowl combine milk, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla
Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture and stir until combined. Add apples and cranberry and walnuts if using. Pour into the greased casserole dish and baked uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes or until it is bubbling around the edges and apples are tender.
Serve hot or cold. Serve as is or with whipped coconut cream or extra almond milk. For those who like it sweeter, serve with an extra drizzle of maple syrup.
Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix
- 2 to 3 parts coconut sugar
- 1 part cocoa or carob powder
- dash of cinnamon (optional)
Combine coconut sugar, cocoa or carob and cinnamon (if using) is a glass jar. Cover and shake well to combine. I like a 2 to 1 mixture of sugar to cocoa, but if you like it sweeter, use a 3 to 1 mixture. Coconut sugar gives the chocolate a caramel like taste, but regular raw cane sugar can be substituted.
To serve, add 3/4 cup water to a heaping tablespoon of the mix . Mix well to combine and then add 1/4 cup plant based milk (coconut, cashew or almond work well).