If there’s anything I love more than staying in on a cold winter’s day, it’s staying in and BAKING on a cold winter’s day.
And this was such a treat to whip up on a chilly morning!
This Holiday Oatmeal Bake is actually an adaptation of Mia’s cozy “apple cinnamon oatmeal bake” from the Gathered Nutrition blog. I’ve been inspired to try out some of my favourite food bloggers’ recipes, but since I don’t always feel like going out to the grocery store to stock up on supplies when it’s chilly out, I typically like to browse through their recipes to find one I’d love to try, and then adapt the recipe as needed depending on what I have available on hand.
Although I usually make sure there’s enough protein in my recipes, this is one that I didn’t feel needed it. Instead, I made sure to enjoy my serving with a heaping scoop of greek yogurt to bump up my protein intake a bit more.
A quick note:
I had just run out of maple syrup the day before making this recipe, so I had to substitute for brown sugar, but I would definitely recommend using organic maple syrup if you’re looking for a healthier alternative.
All in all, this was definitely the coziest oatmeal bake I’ve ever made. With spices like cinnamon to warm you right up and bursts of holiday flavours like dark cherries and spiced apples - it’s a holiday breakfast that’s sure to impress!
Recipe and details available below!
[for the oatmeal]
1.5 cups rolled oats
¾ cup nut milk
¼ cup brown sugar (or maple syrup)
⅓ cup unsweetened apple sauce
¼ cup nut butter
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
[for the filling]
1 apple, diced
1 cup frozen berry & cherry blend (or any combination of fresh berries/cherries)
1 tbsp clarified butter or ghee
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Meanwhile, lightly grease a 9x9 baking pan and set aside.
In a saucepan heated to medium-high, add clarified butter, cinnamon, apples and berries and saute until apples have softened and berries have slightly burst.
Set mixture aside and allow it to cool.
In a medium mixing bowl, mix together oats, cinnamon, salt & baking powder until fully combined
In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together egg, milk, brown sugar, apple sauce and nut butter and vanilla extract until incorporated
Pour wet ingredients into dry mixture and mix thoroughly before pouring into baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before topping with greek yogurt, berries or your favourite fixings. Serve and enjoy!
calories per serving 245
10 F | 33 C | 6 P