Baked apple oatmeal

Before we get into this week’s What I Ate Wednesday, I have to say Happy Birthday to my mom. Don’t worry mom, I won’t reveal what year this is. I’m on a plane to Texas right now so unfortunately I can’t celebrate with her today but hope it’s a good one!

Ready for some good eats? Let’s par-tay thanks to Jenn!

Apple oatmeal bake

Usually I roll out of bed, eat something quick and get to work. I never leave enough time in the morning for “involved” breakfasts. Sleep always wins. Except yesterday. I don’t know why, but I got the idea of an oatmeal bake in my head the night before and was determined to test it out. Boy am I glad I did. Oats, apples, cinnamon, brown sugar all came together for an almost apple crisp like breakfast, but of course a bit healthier.  There are so many variations I’m excited to try this with now. The recipe for this one is below since I loved it so much. I eat stovetop oatmeal all the time for breakfast so this was a fun new way to enjoy oats.

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It was one of those days where none of the “normal” lunch ideas sounded good. I ended up throwing some quinoa to cook without a real plan and 20 minutes later ended up with a burrito bowl of sorts.

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A base of spinach, arugula and salad with black beans, cheddar, avocado, tomatoes, nutritional yeast, salsa, greek yogurt and quinoa on top. Random but good.

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Dinner almost didn’t happen. For some reason I’ve been pretty unmotivated when it comes to this meal lately. No idea what’s going on there but last minute instead of succumbing to cereal or salad, I decided to do a mock carbonara of sorts using the asparagus and broccoli in the fridge. I blanched the veggies then sautéed them with garlic and olive oil while the pasta cooked. Drained the pasta, and poured in a mixture of a beaten egg, pasta water, heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Tossed to “cook” the egg and added in the veggies. A lighter, carbonara sans bacon. It was ok. Could’ve used some more “sauce” but better than cereal I guess.

I had the last one of these for some dessert later on with tea while watching Ginger spend 15 minutes trying to “fluff” her bed with her front paws. She was getting so mad at it she started biting the corners in frustration. It was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Wish I had gotten it on video. I’m sure she was wishing she was on a different kind of bed like I caught her on earlier this week.

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Guilty. She’s not allowed on any furniture in the house, especially beds. This was quite the surprise to see when I got out of the shower. Not sure what got into her but she’s lucky she’s cute. Of course being the serious “mom” I am, I took a picture before yelling at her to get down.

 

Apple Oatmeal Bake

Yield: 2 servings

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/8 cup raisins
  • 1/8 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 3/4  cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Pour into oven safe dish. Mix wet ingredients together in a small bowl and pour over the oatmeal mixture. Bake for about 30 minutes or until milk is mostly absorbed. Top with sliced almonds, pepitas, brown sugar.

*I don’t think the heavy cream is necessary, I just had some on hand I was trying to use up. Any milk combination will work for the wet ingredients.

 

What’s your favorite way to eat oatmeal?

Do you let your pets on the furniture?

 

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Comments

  1. 1

    says

    That oatmeal recipe looks great…and simple! That bowl of quinoa looks great, too…and I’m just learning to love quinoa. That says something! :)

    Happy Birthday to your mom!!!

  2. 7

    says

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried baked oatmeal, but that sounds really good!

    I am so, so guilty of letting my dog on the furniture. I will even pull up a comfy chair and blanket for her when I’m working at my desk. I sometimes joke that it’s “Honey’s chair” or “Honey’s couch”. She wears the pants in our relationship. ;)

  3. 8

    says

    Yummm, love oatmeal! My favorite concoction lately? Irish oats with cinnamon and water, cook on the stovetop. In a saute pan, saute chopped apples with cinnamon and nutmeg until tender. Combine with oats, add one tablespoon of peanut butter. Dig in. Heaven in a bowl. Even better when it’s OIAJ style ;-)

  4. 14

    Adrian says

    Ha! And you guys think its bad Mack gets a corner of the couch at night. At least I dont let him on our bed!

    See ya soon! Can’t wait for thanksgiving!

  5. 15

    says

    For being unmotivated, your meals look delicious! When I’m unmotivated in the kitchen I always wind up eating cereal or a sandwich- far from creative!
    And I love baked oatmeal but always forget to make it when breakfast time rolls around. I will definitely have to try this recipe!

  6. 20

    says

    Mmm, burrito bowl. those are always good!

    and Ginger looks SO cute. I can just picture the fluffing… Basil flips blankets up with his nose, then dives under them. If I am nearby, he will paw at me until I help him. :D

  7. 21

    Melanee says

    Delicious, great texture!! Made this yummy oatmeal just this morning and my dad and I both loved it. We are picky oatmeal eaters and love baked oatmeal. This is the first recipe I have seen/made that does not use eggs and take 50+ mins to bake. Great recipe!!

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