We had apple pie for breakfast this morning… well, kind of.
I’m a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast and lunch and I ALWAYS have oatmeal for breakfast. I have somehow passed this on to Duke as well and he refuses to eat anything else for breakfast. Like mother like son?
We usually keep it pretty simple but today I was in the mood to try out our new kitchen and make something new… and I am so glad I did. All the flavors combined created some sort of heavenly bowl that closely mirrors apple pie.
It was a good morning in the Mosser household.
I know that oatmeal may not get you as excited as it gets Duke and I, but may I encourage you to think outside the box a bit with oatmeal? Due to its bland flavor, you can really add ANY combination you like to create flavor and texture. I plan to do a post in the near future with lots of ways to try oatmeal.
Until then, give this one a try!
MAPLE APPLE CINNAMON BAKED OATMEAL
- 2 C oats (I used old fashioned oats)
- 1 ½ C water
- 2 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Or any kind of milk you prefer. Almond milk and soy milk tend to be sweeter tasting then regular milk. If you prefer to use milk, you may want to add a bit more brown sugar.)
- ¼ C real maple syrup
- 1 T real vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon (plus a bit more for sprinkling)
- A dash of salt
- 2 apples (I used Fuji apples)
- ¼ C organic brown sugar + a few extra sprinkles just because
Preheat oven to 400F.
Combine oats, water, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and cinnamon in a pot and bring to a boil. Once it boils, reduce to a simmer and stir often. Allow it to cook long enough to thicken up. About 8 minutes.
While the oatmeal mixture is cooking, peal both apples. Cute them into fours, remove the core and seeds and slice both apples very thin.
Line the bottom of a baking pan (my baking pan was about 12×9) with half of the sliced apples and sprinkle with cinnamon.
When the oatmeal is done, pour all of it over the apples in the pan.
Layer the remaining half of the apples on top of the oatmeal and sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the top.
Bake at 400F for 30 minutes. During the last minute or two, turn the oven to broil and watch closely. This will brown up the apples and make it look even more delicious!
Using a spatula, scoop into bowls and enjoy!