Are you guys ready for Fall cooking and baking yet? I hope so because I definitely am! Regardless of what the weather is doing, September 1 and back to school always signifies Fall for me (as I’m sure was evident by last Friday’s post where I shared 25 recipes perfect for Fall).
Last year in October I made apple pumpkin pecan baked oatmeal so this year I decided to create an apple cinnamon walnut baked oatmeal for September!
I love baked oatmeal because it makes for such a simple grab and go breakfast. When you add in fruit and nuts, you’re getting whole grains, a little protein, heart healthy fat and fruit all in one little convenient square.
I like to pair mine with a little nut butter, plain greek yogurt, even more diced apple and a drizzle of maple syrup for a super filling and delicious weekday breakfast. It makes it feel that much more decadent which on a weekday, is just perfect 🙂
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (I LOVE cinnamon so I always add a lot, feel free to adjust based on your taste, you can also use apple pie spice)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 cups milk
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons earth balance or butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 small apples (such as macintosh or jonamac), finely diced
- Optional toppings: plain greek yogurt, maple syrup, chopped pecans, diced apples
- Preheat oven to 375’F
- Grease a baking dish (I recommend a 2 or 3 qt. baking dish, using a smaller dish will mean increasing baking time so that it cooks in the center)
- Combine oats, walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium mixing bowl
- Combine maple syrup, milk, egg, butter and vanilla in a separate mixing bowl
- Add wet to dry mixture, folding gently to combine
- Fold in apple sauce followed by apples making sure both are well incorporated
- Pour into greased baking dish using a spatula to spread the mixture evenly throughout the dish
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until golden brown (because every oven is different, I recommend plunging a knife or cake tester into the center of the dish to test if it's done, if it comes out clean or just a bit wet, it’s done).