Apple Oatmeal Bake
I really don’t bake.
This is probably because, as much as I love to cook, I really don’t like making huge messes in the kitchen. I love a one-pot meal and I have always associated baking with big, flour-y, measuring cup messes.
I also don’t use recipes. Ever. I don’t think you can bake a cake without the exact proper ratio of flour or baking powder, so I just don’t. When you come to my house to eat, there is never any dessert. Sorry about it!!
Now, the REASON why I am sharing a baked dish with you fall queens today is because I made it up with literally no idea if it would turn out but oh boy did it turn OUT. I ended up with an entire peck of apples after a recent trip to our local apple orchard and quickly realized that eating an apple a day was not going to cut it.
I always associate apples with cinnamon and cinnamon with oatmeal so apple cinnamon oatmeal bake it was! Let me tell you right now: this was amazing. Like, my fiancé and I ate at least half of the dish right out of the oven.
While this dish is best right when it comes out of the oven, it microwaves really well and isn’t so sugary that it can’t be eaten for breakfast.
Oh, that’s the other thing I need to mention: I don’t always try to make baked goods super healthy. To be honest, I made this same recipe with no added sugar or flour and it was great as a breakfast baked oatmeal but I would not have served it as dessert.
To create this fall-ish dish you’ll need: 4-5 tart apples 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground nutmeg 2 c oats 1.5 c plant mylk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk; add more liquid as needed to moisten the oats and have a little standing liquid to prevent burning) ¼ c butter + 2 tbsp for topping ½ c brown sugar + 2 tbsp for topping 4 tbsp flour for topping
Mix it all together (minus the extra flour, brown sugar, and butter), pour into a buttered 9x9 baking dish, and top with the flour, sugar, and butter blend chopped together with a fork. Bake at 425 for 25-30 minutes or until the apples are tender but not soggy.
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