Breakfast is simply the best meal of the day.
I get excited at night in anticipation for my breakfast the following day. I especially love eating breakfasts on days off, where I have time to make more “time consuming” breakfasts (I barely give myself enough time to eat in the morning when I have school or work), like my Blueberry and White Chocolate Pancakes!
Pancakes aside, oatmeal is my next favorite breakfast option. There is no such thing as boring or bland tasting oatmeal, you can virtually flavor it with anything you would want and make it perfect for your taste buds.
I also love the warmth and heartiness of oatmeal, and I especially love the texture of baked oatmeal. My obsession started when Kate posted a recipe of pear and chia baked oatmeal and I simply fell in love with it.
With my new found love of baked oatmeal, I came up with this recipe (with a little help from the Oh She Glows cookbook from Angela Liddon and of course, Kate) that tastes just like apple pie. It is full of cinnamon, maple syrup and hearty oats, with no added fat.
The oatmeal can be made the night before and can easily be reheated in the microwave the next day, add a drizzle of maple syrup and any other toppings your heart desires and you are set! It is perfect for lazy mornings, but also for those mornings where you just need to get breakfast in your belly and go.
On top of that, if you have a little sweet tooth during the day, you can warm it up, top it with ice cream and chocolate chips and call it a healthy treat (not so subtle reference to my new awesome spoon hehe)!
If you get to try it, I hope you love it as much as I do!
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 3/4 cups milk (I used unsweetened vanilla soy milk)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 2 apples, peeled and chopped
- Preheat oven to 375F and grease a casserole dish.
- Mix the oats, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a large bowl.
- In a separate smaller bowl, combine the milk, egg, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry and combine. Fold in the apples and add the mixture into the prepared casserole dish, spread evenly with a spatula.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until the oatmeal is firm to touch.
- Can be kept in the fridge for up to 6 days or can even be frozen for 2-3 weeks, but I doubt it will last that long ;).