Friday, January 22, 2021

Healthy Apple and Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Vegan Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples

This healthy, plant-based vegan apple and cinnamon baked oatmeal recipe gets an added nutrient boost from diced fresh apples. It's delicious, filling and simple to make for a hearty breakfast, snack or even dessert!

If you watch food and recipe videos on Youtube, you can't help but see how popular oatmeal is for a healthy breakfast. Personally I find there's a limit to how many bowls of oatmeal (aka porridge) I can eat. For a (delicious) change, baked oatmeal is a nice choice. You get the health benefits of oats - they help you feel full, they are a good source of fibre, they may lower blood sugar levels and they contain important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants - in a different, palate-pleasing, almost dessert-like format. 

For a nutritional punch that can't be beat, add apples to your baked oatmeal. This apple and cinnamon baked oatmeal calls for Cosmic Crisp Washington Apples, a new and tasty apple variety that's been in development for two decades. Cosmic Crisps are classically bred (non-GMO) to be crispier and sweeter than other apple varieties and naturally slow to brown.

*This post is sponsored by Cosmic Crisp Washington Apples. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.*


Vegan Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples

How to make apple and cinnamon vegan baked oatmeal


This apple and cinnamon baked oatmeal recipe is easy to put together. To make this satiating breakfast, simply combine oats, coconut sugar, pecans, raisins, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together a flax "egg," oat milk (or your favourite non-dairy milk), vanilla and melted vegan margarine. Stir the wet mix into dry ingredients until combined, and fold in apple chunks.

Turn the mixture into a greased baking dish and smooth out the top. Spread more Cosmic Crisp apple chunks on top for added beauty and nutrition and sprinkle on more pecan pieces, if desired. Easy peasy.


Vegan Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples

Besides being delicious, this apple and cinnamon baked oatmeal has the advantage of producing the most amazing scent of apples and cinnamon while baking. The scent wafting from the oven is mouthwatering. (It drew my teen daughter to the kitchen last time I made it.) It smells like apple pie or an apple crisp!

Vegan Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples

This yummy baked oatmeal recipe is egg-free, dairy-free, vegan and plant-based. It's also gluten-free, but if you are sensitive or allergic to gluten be sure (as always) to check your ingredient sources to ensure that they are certified gluten-free (in the case of oats and coconut sugar, for example) and produced in a gluten-free facility. Same goes if you are sensitive or allergic to dairy or eggs - you'll want to check the packaging for your ingredients to ensure they are produced in an allergen-free facility.

Vegan Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples

How to serve this healthy vegan baked oatmeal with apples recipe


Serve a warm square of apple and cinnamon baked oatmeal in a bowl, like you would oatmeal porridge. Top with non-dairy milk, apple wedges and other fruits such as berries and bananas. Drizzle on maple syrup if desired!

Alternatively, turn this baked oatmeal into a nourishing dessert - top with coconut whipped cream or non-dairy vanilla ice cream.

Make baked oatmeal part of your Sunday meal prep. After it's finished and cooled, cut the baked oatmeal into single servings and store in a tightly sealed container or individual containers. You can eat this baked apple and cinnamon oatmeal cold or reheat gently in the microwave. Or, you can make and assemble apple and cinnamon baked oatmeal the night before and wait to bake it until morning. (Cover the baking dish tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you're ready to bake.) This method gives you the added benefit of scenting your house with an incredible apple and cinnamon aroma in the morning.

Vegan Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples

Apple and cinnamon baked oatmeal is a perfect, nourishing breakfast for a busy morning before work or school. The recipe is great for kids too - it's slightly sweet and very much reminiscent of a pie or apple crisp dessert. You can always adjust the baked oatmeal recipe to suit your kids' tastes too (for example, eliminate the pecans if the children are fussy about nuts).

Cosmic Crisp Apples


More about Cosmic Crisp apples

  • Cosmic Crisp® apples are available across Canada at most major retailers. 
  • Your refrigerator’s crisper is the best place to store Cosmic Crisp apples.
  • Cosmic Crisp brand apples are a cross between the ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Honeycrisp.’

Get more information and delicious recipes (including apple-tizers!) at CosmicCrisp.com

Questions for you


Is oatmeal a regular part of your routine? Have you tried the Cosmic Crisp apple yet? What's your go-to recipe with apples?


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Healthy Vegan Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples



Healthy Baked Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples (Vegan)

8 servings


Vegan Baked Oatmeal With Cosmic Crisp Apples



Ingredients
  • 2 cups old-fashioned/large flake oats 

    ½ cup coconut sugar

    ¼ cup chopped pecans + more for topping (if desired)

    ¼ cup raisins

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    ½ teaspoon salt

    1 flax “egg” (mix 1 tablespoon ground flax and 2 tablespoons water and allow to gel for at least 5 minutes)

    2 ¼ cuts oat milk (or other non-dairy milk)

    2 teaspoons vanilla

    3 tablespoons vegan margarine, melted

    2 Cosmic Crisp Washington Apples, diced


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 7” x 10” (or 8” x 8”) baking dish.


In a large bowl, combine oats, sugar, pecans, raisins, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. 


In a medium bowl, whisk together flax egg, milk, vanilla and melted margarine. Stir into dry ingredients until combined. Fold in half of apple chunks.


Turn the mixture into baking dish and smooth it out. Spread remaining apple chunks on top. Sprinkle on more pecan pieces, if desired.


Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, until golden brown and firm to the touch.




3 comments:

  1. This sounds delicious. I'm not a fan of "mushy" cooked oats. Love overnight oats. This casserole sounds perfect. Will have to give those Cosmic Crisp apples a try too.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! You will definitely like this better if you don't like "mushy" oats! The baking kind of crisps it all up. Yes, give the apples a try. Let me know how you like the recipe. :)

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