There’s about a thousand recipes for baked oatmeal online and about a million recipes for baked apples so what if we Venn diagramed the whole thing and just make baked apple cinnamon oatmeal. Or should it be called apple cinnamon baked oatmeal? Whatever you want to call it…you’ll DEFINITELY be calling it a favorite breakfast food!
Yes, it’s true…I am not content with the status quo and doing stuff the way everyone else does it and never was (you can even ask my kindergarten teacher about my past history). I really like baked apples and I really like oatmeal but I hate cleaning up after making either of these things, especially the oatmeal. So in the effort of killing two birds with one stone, my morning oatmeal brekkie is being baked inside my dessert baked apple. Is there a better way to start your day than with dessert?
The most common baked oatmeal recipe calls for dumping everything into a large pan and baking it. Once everything is cooked you can cut it into squares and serve it, save the leftovers for breakfast the rest of the week, or shove it in your pocket for a snack later all while being smugly proud of yourself for making a hot and healthy breakfast for your family instead of making them fend for themselves or stuffing a powerbar in their fists as they haul ass out of the house. That’s all well and good if you’ve got a bunch of mouths to feed, but there’s only 2 mouths in our house and I rarely make anything for breakfast beyond my IV drip of black coffee and a cup of plain yogurt with fruit. This recipe is perfect because you get 4 apples which means 2 mornings of baked apple oatmeal can be yours (if there’s 2 of you), along with the gloating that you made everyone a hot and nutritious breakfast. Which then allows you to pronounce “don’t say I never do anything nice for you.” Not that I would ever utter such a thing.
After stuffing all of the oatmeal goodness into the apples, I had some of that and the liquid from the recipe left over. Since I’m also as impatient as they come and couldn’t wait for the apples to bake, I mixed up the leftovers and popped them into the microwave. Ridiculously good. So if you want to look all benevolent, you could make up the “pretty” one’s for everyone else while you get to sneak your breakfast in early. Then you can just cheerfully let everyone else eat while you insist that they “eat up” and not to worry about you. You’ll find sooooomething to eat. 😉
- 4 Medium Apples (gala, fuji or your favorite type for baked apples)
- ½ Lemon
- 1 Cup Rolled Oats
- ¼ Cup Chopped Walnuts
- ¼ cup Dried Cranberries
- ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 Cup Almond Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Plain Yogurt
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
- Slice off ½" of the top of the apple.
- Core apples, without going through the bottom of the apple, and discard. Then use a melon baller to remove the insides of the apple leaving a ¼" thick wall in the apple.
- Rub the lemon half over the exposed edge of the apple to keep it from turning brown.
- Chop up the apple pieces you removed with the melon baller and toss them into a medium sized bowl.
- Add the oats, walnuts, cranberries, cinnamon and salt to the bowl and stir to combine.
- In another bowl mix the almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract until well blended.
- Spoon the oat mixture into the apples and gently pack it down. Carefully pour the milk mixture over the oats until you begin to see the liquid through the oats. Spoon more of the oat mixture on top to form a slight pile and add a bit more of the milk.
- Place the apple into a baking dish and continue with remaining apples.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Place each apple onto a plate and top with plain yogurt, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dusting of nutmeg.
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