Honey-apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Hello Cooking World!

I feel like every time I want to write this a new blog post I find myself wanting to say it has been far too long. Maybe this time it has? Life has been a bit busy for me bustling and marching around. I swear, there has been an organized march downtown DC every month! It’s becoming such a regular thing, I should probably get a versatile outfit. It won’t be hard because I pretty much disagree with the new President’s view on absolutely everything. I’ll just get a t-shirt with a thumbs-down!

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Speaking of thumbs-up, however, is this delicious breakfast recipe that is scrum-dili-umptious! It is a very basic mix that can be used as a base to add any delicious, creative masterpiece you might like. For those of you that haven’t had it before, Collectivo in Milwaukee, WI has an amazing baked-oatmeal recipe that has been hard to re-create. After a month of trying to figure out the correct ingredients, I believe I have found the secret ingredient: applesauce. A lot of non-dairy and health-nut consumers use applesauce as an excellent substitute for butter. It is creamy and moist to give the same texture butter would give to this recipe otherwise. Of course, it might not have that cookie-taste most people might be looking for, but you can rest assure your New Years diet-loss resolution will not be targeted in this recipe (I hope…). O.K. it isn’t completely healthy… but everything in moderation and this compared to most recipes has less sugar and fat! This will keep you full for a good 4 four hours and makes an excellent on-the-go meal. It also doesn’t have that terrible texture… warm, microwaved oatmeal creates.

I would call this recipe the adult baby food! Anyways… enjoy!

The Ingredients

  • 3 cups of rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups ground rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 TB honey
  • 1/2 cup of apple sauce
  • 4 TB melted butter
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp burbon vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 O.K. apples

Some Tips-and-Not

Markets and co-ops try to sell oatflour as a separate item, when you can very easily just use your blender, food processor, or even coffee grinder to create your own oatflour. It is also very cost efficient.

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Another excellent tip I mentioned before is substituting applesauce (p.s. I keep on wanting to write applecause…) in place of butter. Many recipes do this and it is a great way to keep moisture and flavour.

Another great tip I have for this is when you’re starting to finally get into the groove of cooking and wanting to be more experimental look for small ingredients that you can add or substitute with. This recipe is an excellent example of one that could be manipulated by YOU! Take a look at the fruit and liquid. You could easily replace the apples with any dried fruit or fresh in-season fruit. You could also easily replace the whole milk with soy milk or coconut milk. You could even replace the butter with coconut oil and so forth. There are so many options in this recipe it is RIDICULOUS! I would also note that after baking you could add extra toppings for a health boost. Some examples would be adding ground flax seed, chia seeds, or even nuts!

The Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Mix oats, ground oats and brown sugar in a large bowl
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave for 15 seconds and mix in the honey until dissolved
  1. Pour the butter mixture, applesauce, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk and water into bowl with oats and mix well

4. Slice and dice your apples into appropriate bite-size pieces and mix it into the final mixture (this is where you can add any type of fruit you would like)

img_2517img_2518img_25165. Spray a 9×13 baking pan and pour the mixture, spreading it evenly.

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  1. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes!

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6. ENJOY!

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Live long, cook well, be happy!

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