Oct 132013
 

Has anyone else noticed a recent flood of facebook and instagram photos of friends at the apple orchard?  Maybe with a nice “low-fi” filter, or an artistic close-up of an apple hanging from the branch? It’s OK, I’m guilty of it too.  Since everyones homes are now overflowing with these amazing freshly picked apples, I thought I’d share a creative new way to use them.  I’m pretty much obsessed with this breakfast and sad that it’s already gone…no idea how that happened (insert guilty face here).  Luckily there are more apples where that came from, so a second batch, hopefully with proper rationing this time, is definitely in my future.
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Nutritional Highlights:  Not only is this easy to make (mix everything and throw it in the oven), it’s also incredibly healthy.  Apples are in their peak season right now, which also means they are at their peak nutrient potential.  Apples are high in fiber, vitamin C, and polyphenols (a powerful antioxidant).  In addition, this recipe has fiber packed oats and chia seeds that will keep you full until lunch time.  This recipe does not have a ton of added sugar like some oatmeal recipes do, and the sweetness comes only from the apples, dried fruit, and a tiny bit of maple syrup.  Finally, pecans add a little bit of protein, healthy fat, and crunch.
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Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
makes 6 servings
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What’s in it:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cups dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, or a mixutre)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups diced apple (probably about 2-3 apples)
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (skim milk works too)
  • 1 whole egg, 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons mpale syrup

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 and spray an 8×8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the first 8 ingredients (through the apple).
  3. In another bowl, whisk the remaining wet ingredients (milk, egg, egg white, vanilla, apple sauce, and maple syrup). Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, add the apples, and mix until combined
  4. Pour the mixture into your prepared baking pan and bake for about 50 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Slice into 6 portions and enjoy hot or cold!

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I packed this up in tupperware all week and reheated it in the microwave for a minute at work.  Seriously the perfect fall breakfast! For a minute you might even forget that you’re at work on Monday morning as you savor this apple cinnamon deliciousness.  But then you’ll remember.  Sorry.
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  6 Responses to “Apple-Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal”

  1. What is the purpose of the Chia seeds? Can they be found at a regular super market? Is there a substitution or can they be left out if unable to find them and the recipe still be effect nutritionally?

    • Hi Regena,

      Yes, you can certainly leave out the Chia seeds and the recipe will still turn out fine! They have several health benefits which is why I’ve started adding them to recipes recently (omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, and help keep you full). You could also substitute flaxseed or just omit it entirely. The recipe will still be healthy and tasty either way!

      -Marissa

  2. Hi Marissa, I found your site thru Pinterest. I totally agree with your philosophy on eating. I plan on making the Spicy Peanut-Ginger Kale & Spicy Grilled Tofu from your site tomorrow. While looking for breakfast ideas i saw this oatmeal recipe which looks amazing. One of my sons is a vegan. I’m new to cooking vegan, made my first vegan dinner last night, came out fantastic, I’m so proud. LOL Can i make this so my vegan son can eat it? What would i replace the eggs with? We’re a family of 5 and the rest of us are not vegan but trying to incorporate vegan meals into our diet for health and support :) Thanks, Patty

    • Hi Patty,

      Thanks so much for this wonderful comment! I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed the blog. For egg replacements, I usually use a “flax” or “chia” egg. Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed or chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water. Stir well, and place in the fridge to set for 15 minutes. It works well as a binder in the place of eggs, plus you get a little extra fiber and omega 3’s :)

      Best,
      Marissa

  3. Marisa,

    Just made this! It’s amazing. My 4 year old who eats NOTHING (and certainly nothing healthy) loves this!!!

    Thanks for the amazing recipe!

    Chari

  4. […] Thanksgiving is a day of celebration, and often, overeating. Just because you indulged in your favorite foods the day before does not mean you should deprive yourself the following days. Start the morning after with an easy batch of Apple-Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal. […]

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