Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal!? Did somebody say fall was in the air??
Okay not really. The only slightest bit of fall that we felt here in Florida so far was sadly when Hurricane Irma decided to show her ugly face. It’s sad that it takes a hurricane to give us nice weather for a few days. The few days before the storm, I kid you not, were fantastic (weather wise of course, not the frantic prepping). There was a nice cool breeze with low humidity. It was crazy to think about how bad the weather was going to get. Thank goodness both Kate and I made it through the storm with no damage, but just with days worth of debris to clean up. Now fingers crossed we are done for the year with those. #GoAwayHurricaneSeason
So, in the midst of prepping for Irma, I was also trying to prep some food that we could eat if our power happened to go out for more than a couple days. This baked apple cinnamon oatmeal happened to be one of them; a great, wholesome breakfast that could be enjoyed warm right out of the oven, or even leftover cold right from the fridge. Somehow we managed to get super lucky and only lose power for one day unlike some that were out for about a week. We were able to scarf down most of the food in the refrigerator before it went bad and shove the rest in a cooler with ice. Now I can say that we are pretty much back to normal, with temps back in the 90s like its still summer. 😒
Even though it still may feel like summer doesn’t mean that I have to ignore the fact that it actually is fall and I can start enjoying all those wonderful comfort foods that I have missed oh so much like this Chipotle Turkey Chili or Chicken Pot Pie.
Cold overnight oats are definitely delicious in the summer, but there is something about home cooked warm oatmeal with the wonderful apple and cinnamon spice aroma in the air when cooler weather starts to roll in. It’s like an excuse to eat apple pie for breakfast, except with great health benefits! My personal favorite is to enjoy this fresh out of the oven, with a splash of milk added for extra creaminess. It also helps cool it down a smidge because we all know its hard to resist anything fresh out of the oven that smells this good. 😉 You know…kinda like those fresh baked chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven that you can’t wait to cool so you have one and burn the roof of your mouth. Meanwhile, even with how much pain you are in, you still get such great satisfaction from the taste of that deliciously warm cookie that you just shoved in your mouth. Don’t judge me, you know you’ve done this before.
So while some of you up north are beginning to feel the cooler weather, I hope you’ll give this baked apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe a try! We will cross our fingers that we’ll get at least some weather in the 80’s instead of 90’s in the upcoming weeks here in Jacksonville.
Happy Fall! 🍂🍁🍃
- 1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients except pecans and brown sugar. Mix well.
- Pour into 8x8 pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes and then sprinkle pecans and brown sugar on top.
- Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until oatmeal is set.
- Serve and enjoy immediately out of the oven!
- I like to serve and pour a little additional milk into my bowl to make the oatmeal extra creamy. You can also use skim or low fat cow's milk in the recipe if desired.
- If you do not eat all the oatmeal at once, this will save in the refrigerator for a day or two, just make sure to add a splash of milk before reheating. You could also enjoy this cold!
- Calories: 324, Protein: 10 g, Fat: 9 g, Carbohydrates: 53 g, Fiber: 7 g, Sugar: 16 g, Sodium: 197 mg, Saturated Fat: 1 g