Sunday, November 20, 2016

Baked Oatmeal with Cinnamon Apple and Walnuts

With the cold winter weather coming, warm oatmeal dishes become my go-to meals. On its own, oatmeal can be so plain but thankfully oatmeal is so versatile. By adding different fruits, spices (i.e. cinnamon, turmeric), syrups (i.e. maple, chocolate) , milks (i.e. vanilla almond milk, cashew milk) or even peanut butter, oatmeal can be transformed into something to satisfy your cravings. Even by baking oatmeal in the oven, the texture and taste of oatmeal changes into a hearty healthy dessert. Below is one of the best baked oatmeal recipes I have tried from the ohsheglows cookbook. Since I didn't have a pear on hand, I used green apples instead. The baked tart apples combined so well with the warm cinnamon oatmeal. This baked treat is great to store in the fridge and heat up the next day for breakfast or dessert making it an excellent meal prep staple. 

Below is the original recipe from ohsheglows:
  • 2 1/4 cups rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
  • 2 TBSP coconut or brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 ripe pear, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat the oven to 375’F. Lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish.
2 In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, salt, and nutmeg. Mix well.
3. In a separate bowl, combine almond milk, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla and stir well to combine.
4. Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir until combined. The mixture will be soupy. Stir in the apples and pear.
5. Spoon the oatmeal into the casserole dish and smooth out the top. Sprinkle the walnuts on top and gently press them down into the oatmeal with your hands.
6. Bake, uncovered, for 35-45 minutes until the oatmeal is bubbly and the apples are fork tender.
7. Cool the oatmeal for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy with a splash of almond milk and drizzle of maple syrup if desired.
8. Cool the oatmeal completely before wrapping it up and placing it in an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for 5 to 6 days or in the freezer for 2 to 3 weeks.

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