Baked Apple Oatmeal

If you aren’t an oatmeal eater because of the flavor or can’t get past the texture, this dish is perfect for you.

The apples are nice and crunchy (even when baked), which breaks up the texture of the oatmeal. Not to mention, apples also provide a multitude of health benefits such as:

  • Lowering bad cholesterol with high amounts of pectin.
  • Increasing bone density through a flavanoid found only in apples called phloridzin.
  • High amounts of fiber to promote a healthy digestive tract.
  • Antioxidants to protect brain cells from free radical damage.

Oatmeal is also good for your health. It is stocked full of fiber that will keep you from reaching for mid-morning snacks. This dish is easy to make and can be done the night before if your mornings are rushed and can also curb your cravings in a healthy way.

Give this recipe a try and let us know in the comments if you liked it.

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Photo credit: A Healthier Michigan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped or sliced
  • 2 apples of your choice, cored and diced (optional to remove peel)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter chips
  • 2 cups milk, dairy or non-dairy
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 more apple, cored and sliced into thin circles (optional to remove peel)

Baked Apple Oatmeal

Instructions
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F and generously spray the inside of a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, orange zest, cinnamon, salt, half the almonds, all the diced apples and half the peanut butter chips. Add to prepared baking dish.
3. Scatter the remaining almonds and peanut butter chips on top of the oats.
4. Place thin circle slices of apple on top of oats, as well.
5. In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract and then pour over the oats and fruit. Gently shimmy and shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.
6. Bake oatmeal until the top is golden brown and the milk mixture has set, about 35 minutes.
7. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of brown sugar on top of the oatmeal and then place back in the oven under the broiler for 20 to 30 seconds.

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