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Baked apple cinnamon oatmeal is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast, especially in the fall and winter. It is such a comfort food and the perfect thing to get me out of bed in the morning. My favorite thing about this oatmeal is that I can make a large dish of it on Sunday night and heat up individual portions in the microwave on busy weekday mornings.
I make many variations of this oatmeal depending on what fruits are in season. In the summer, I love making it with peaches and/or blueberries and it is great with pumpkin or apples in the fall. This apple cinnamon version tastes like apple crisp in my opinion, but it is much healthier. The original version had more butter and brown sugar, but I cut out most of the butter and replaced most of the brown sugar with agave. The apples and raisins add a lot of sweetness on their own, so it isn’t necessary to add much sugar. Since there is a surplus of apples everywhere these days, it is the perfect time to try this recipe!
I had to include some pictures from the orchard this past weekend.
Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Yield: one 9 x 13″ pan
1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3 large apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups hot water
3 cups old-fashioned oats
3 Tbsp. agave
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
4-5 Tbsp. ground flax seed
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup skim milk
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13″ baking dish. Place the steel cut oats in a large bowl with the hot water for 20 minutes.
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat and add the apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. Cook until the apples are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Spread the apples over the bottom of the baking dish in one layer.
After the steel cut oats have finished soaking, add the old-fashioned oats, agave, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and flax seed. Add the raisins. In another bowl, combine the milk, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Add this to the oats.
Pour entire mixture into baking dish on top of the apples. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Store in the fridge. To reheat, you can add a little milk to one serving and heat in the microwave.