Fall has arrived in the midwest. I love summer, but boy, am I loving this crisp (finally!) fall weather. This weekend was the perfect wear a sweatshirt with a t-shirt underneath for when you’re in the midday sun weather. Layers. Lots of layers to wear, shed, and put back on again as evening approaches. To go along with this perfect weather, we had the most wonderfully relaxing weekend full of walks, acorn hunting, cider mills and apple orchards, and a block party. If only we had tailgated..then it would have truly been a quintessential midwest fall weekend. #nextweekendgoals
Our apple orchard trip left us with an abundance of apples, so we also baked pie, made fresh apple juice, noshed on apples all day, and whipped up a batch of this baked apple cinnamon oatmeal this weekend.
This simple make-ahead recipe is reminiscent of those apple cinnamon oatmeal packets that I ate in childhood–but with less added sugar and bigger fresh apple chunks. It’s an unfussy recipe with room for modifications, adapted from my baked pumpkin oatmeal. I use minimal sugar to keep it a healthy breakfast, but you can add more sugar if you’d like to make if more decidedly ‘brunch’ or drizzle with a little maple syrup or almond milk when you serve it, which is a good compromise. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this recipe, full of sweet apples and raisins. You can prepare it ahead of time and bake in the morning for a warm breakfast. Or, make if for the week and reheat batches throughout the week (which I love to do) to have a healthy breakfast on hand. It works for a healthy dessert too. It’s vegan, since I used almond milk, but feel free to use any milk you like. Also, you can easily make it gluten free by using gluten-free oats.
- 2 cups rolled oats (GF, if preferred)
- 2 Tbs brown sugar (or up to 4 Tbs, as preferred)
- 1 Tbs cinnamon
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 cups almond milk
- ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce (1 small container)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced
- ⅓ cup raisins (or walnuts, chopped)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking dish by lightly greasing it.
- In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, sea salt, and baking powder). Stir well.
- Add almond milk, applesauce, and vanilla, mixing well to combine.
- Fold in the apples and raisins; pour into your prepared dish.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top of the oatmeal is lightly browned.
- Best served warm (but also good cold!).
Either way, pick some apples, check out the gorgeous fall colors, bake some oatmeal, and get your fall on….before it’s gone :)