Sunday, October 2, 2011

Baked apple cinnamon oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is a warm and satisfying breakfast, especially as the days get cooler. The days are definitely cooler right now. It's only been in the 40s and rainy, so this nourishing breakfast of fall flavors was a perfect breakfast with a hot cup of coffee. I chose to use apple, cinnamon, and walnuts in my oatmeal because we has those items around already and they are very seasonal. You can use other spices, fruits (fresh or dried), and nuts to make your favorite oatmeal flavor combination such as raisins, pecans, pumpkin puree, and more.

This recipe will feed about three or four people. It's a pretty forgiving recipe, so you can certainly toy around with it to make more or easily double the recipe. It is great for leftover breakfast, too. Just warm it up the next day and you are all set. I like to top mine with a little drizzle of maple syrup, which I used as the sweetener in this recipe. 

Baked apple cinnamon oatmeal
3 large eggs
scant 1/3 cup milk or half and half
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
a pinch of fine sea salt
1 cup old fashioned (not quick-cooking) oats
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
butter

In a medium-large bowl, whisk together the eggs through sea salt until well-combined. Stir in the oats. Let soak for about 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter a small baking dish (I used a shallow 8-inch round dish).

Stir the apple and walnuts into the oat mixture. Pour into the baking dish. Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes (the time will really depend on the depth of your baking dish), until the top is golden and an inserted toothpick comes out cleanly.

Cut into wedges or squares and serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup. Sprinkle lightly with a little extra cinnamon. 


What was I cooking one year ago?: butternut squash muffins and pork and pepper goulash

1 comment:

  1. I don't like the texture of regular oatmeal, but I have been meaning to try baked oatmeal for a while. This recipe has such delicious flavors - I'm going to try it soon

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