Warm and comforting - a slab of Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal is a hearty breakfast. It's loaded with juicy apples, spices, and rolled oats. Make a pan of it and you'll have breakfast to feed the family or to reheat for several days. Drizzle it with maple syrup and cream or yogurt if you wish, for a fantastic breakfast, brunch, or snack. (Skip to recipe.)
Thanks to Organic Washington Apples for sponsoring this post so I could share this delicious recipe with you and tell you about my go-to apples for our family’s apple snacking and baking needs.
As I sit staring out of my kitchen window at the snow gently falling onto our winter white world, I am dreaming longingly of sun-dappled orchards at the height of a late-summer day. I imagine the sun warm on my face and the whispering of the leaves as I walk down tunnels of green hung with their glowing edible ornaments. I reach for an apple wedge from the plate in front of me and bite into its crisp white flesh. The satisfying 'snap' and spurt of juice wakes me from my summer reverie. I sigh. It's still winter out there, but this apple tastes good. It tastes of sunshine and rain, and orchards and trees. It's a Washington Organic apple, and I'm grateful for its delicious fresh flavour to brighten the long winter season here in the north.
Washington Organics are available in every key apple variety, so I can always find the ones I'm craving for fresh eating or to use in the many apple recipes we love. Knowing I'm making healthy choices for my family always makes me feel good.
Washington State is known as one of the premier apple-growing areas in the world and the growing conditions make Washington an ideal region to grow organic apples. The nutrient-rich soil, arid climate, plentiful water and advanced growing practices provide the right ingredients for producing top-quality fruit. No matter which variety of Washington Organics I buy, I am always impressed with how fresh and tasty they are.
The organic Gala apples I use in my Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal are sweet and juicy, making this breakfast version of apple-pie-goodness extra delicious.
If you're looking for a hearty breakfast that warms you up and keeps you satisfied all morning, one that's loaded with the fiber and goodness of oats and apples and tastes like a bite of cinnamon-rich apple pie, you will enjoy a bowl of Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal - with maybe a drizzle of maple syrup and fresh cream, or a plop of tangy yogurt on top.
Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal is an Easy Breakfast
Stir together an egg, some milk, oats, and spices, then core and dice a couple nice large Washington Organic apples of your choice (no need to peel them, since they're organic) and add them to the mix. Pour it all into a baking dish and let the oven turn it into a pan of warm, nubbly oats loaded with chunks of juicy apples and warm spices. There's no standing at the stove to stir a pot of porridge that can stick to the bottom the minute you turn your back on it. Pop it in the oven and leave it while you get ready for your day. When it's finished baking, fragrant and steaming, the oats are creamy and slightly sweet and the apples are soft and tender. The kitchen smells like apple pie, and you've got oatmeal all dressed up and ready to impress.
And whatever you don't eat today, you can easily reheat later in the week.
You can cut the baked oatmeal into squares to serve, or scoop it out in loose spoonfuls.
Apple pie for breakfast? You bet!
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Kitchen Frau Notes: I prefer using Washington Organics for this baked oatmeal because I like to leave the peel on the apples (for added fiber and nutrients).
The large flakes of old-fashioned rolled oats make for a great texture to this baked oatmeal. If you use quick-oats, the flavour will still be great, but the texture will be finer and denser.
Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup brown sugar (or 3 tablespoons maple syrup)
- ¼ cup (60ml) melted butter, cooled
- 1½ teaspoons apple pie spice (or 1¼ teaspoons cinnamon + ¼ teaspoon nutmeg + ⅛ teaspoon allspice)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 cups (480ml) milk
- 2 cups (200gms) large-flake old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 large Washington Organic apples
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Butter an 8" or 9" square baking dish (20 or 23 cm square) or a 2 quart/litre casserole dish.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg with the brown sugar and melted butter. Add the spice, baking powder, salt, and milk. Sitr in the rolled oats.
Cut the apples in quarters and cut out the core. Leave the peel on, and dice the apples. Add them to the oat mixture and stir to combine everything well. The mixture will be quite liquid.
Pour the apple/oat mixture into the greased pan.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. (An 9-inch pan will take 35 minutes and an 8-inch pan will take 40 minutes, since the mixture is thicker.)
Serve warm by cutting into squares or scooping out portions with a serving spoon. Serve with maple syrup or brown sugar, cream or yogurt, and fresh apple slices, if desired. Can be covered and refrigerated for up to 5 days. Individual portions can be reheated as needed, either in the microwave, or covered with foil and baked in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
Serves 4 to 5.
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