Baked Oatmeal Apples

Baked Oatmeal Apples
Baked Oatmeal Apples

Breakfast already ready when you wake up. Seems like a dream, doesn’t it? But lately my approach to breakfast has been exactly that, batch making breakfast one or two times a week (things like casseroles, baked oatmeal, and frittatas) so that when I wake up there is one less thing to do as part of my routine. I usually do this on weekends, when there’s no rush to get out of the house.

Mornings are the best. (Who’s with me?) They are the best for a pretty specific reason (IMO), and that’s the peace and quiet they bring (morning lovers will understand).

That peace and quiet is largely possible due to routine for me. And it’s really hard to change something about your morning routine. I’ve tried adding in meditation (lasted about 14 days), journalling, and stretching, but none of them stick. What I usually find that adding more in just brings unnecessary stress during those early hours. When it comes to mornings, I’m all for simplifying.

Baked Oatmeal Apples
Baked Oatmeal Apples

Batch making breakfast fits perfectly into that scheme: as soon as I’m done making my morning coffee, I’m serving myself breakfast. No decisions necessary. No thinking. Just something absolutely delicious to eat. And in this specific case… something perfectly fall, too! Cozy apples filled to the brim with baked oatmeal and warm spices, like nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon.

If you like cinnamon apples, or apple pie, but maybe don’t want quite that much sugar for breakfast, you’re going to love these apples. They’re not as a sweet as the “inside out apple crisp apple” recipes you may have tried, truly more like baked oatmeal stuffed inside of an apple, with the natural fruit juices leading the way in flavor.

That said…. with a little whipped cream they could make a cozy dessert later in the day.

My favorite types of apples are the crisp and juicy ones, and those are also the ones that work best in this recipe. Think Honey Crisp, Jonagold, or Granny Smith (that last one will be a big more tart, for those of you that love tart flavors). I used some Gala here.

Baked Oatmeal Apples
Baked Oatmeal Apples

Baked Oatmeal Apples

Published October 25, 2018 by
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Serves: 6   |    Active Time: 60 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 6 crisp apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • To serve: plain or vanilla yogurt

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
    2. Using a paring knife, cut the tops off the apples and save for step 5. Using a spoon with sharper edges, such as a melon baller, scoop out the apple core and some of the flesh. Be sure the leave at least a 1/4-inch thick outer wall of apple all the way around. Reserve the flesh you’ve removed from the apples, discard of the seeds and pith.
    3. Chop up the reserved apple flesh and place in a medium mixing bowl, along with the melted butter, maple syrup, milk, yogurt, egg yolk, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
    4. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl: rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, salt, and chopped pecans. Stir until full combined.
    5. Arrange apples in a baking dish and scoop oat mixture into the cavity of each apple. Place the apple tops back on, and place baking dish on center wrack in oven. Bake 35-45 minutes, until apples are baked though.
    6. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve on plates with yogurt (for breakfast) or whipped cream (for dessert).

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    Almond Flour Zucchini Bread Pancakes

    Almond Flour Zucchini Bread Pancakes

    It’s that season! Yes, the time of year when zucchini are the size of baseball bats, big enough to serve a crowd. Perhaps you’re swimming in zucchini, or maybe you found a really good deal on some oversized zukes at the farmers market — either way, zucchini bread pancakes are the way to go! 

    I’ve never heard anyone complain about pancakes for breakfast, and these pancakes are extra special. Just like zucchini bread, these pancakes are spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, making them feel extra cozy, especially when slathered with butter and drizzled with maple syrup. 

    Almond Flour Zucchini Bread Pancakes
    Almond Flour Zucchini Bread Pancakes

    There are thousands of recipes for zucchini bread on the internet. Some call for walnuts, while others call for chocolate chips. But why choose? This recipe is absolutely delicious with both, bites of nutty crunch and melty chocolate. And yeah, it feels a little bit like dessert for breakfast but there is zucchini in there.

    This recipe uses for almond flour, which makes for a satisfying pancake but is also the reason why I highly recommend using a non-stick pan. I tried a few in a enameled cast iron (Le Creuset) because we own very few non-stick pans, and the results was no good. So, avoid frustration, and use a true non-stick pan! You'll be flipping pancakes like a pro. 

    Almond Flour Zucchini Bread Pancakes

    Almond Flour Zucchini Bread Pancakes

    Published July 19, 2018 by
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    Serves: 4   |    Active Time: 90 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces shredded zucchini
  • 1-1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch (tapioca flour can also be used)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, plus more for cooking and serving
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup plus more for serving
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips or finely diced walnuts (feel free to do half chocolate chips and half walnuts, too!)

  • Directions:

    1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine: almond flour, arrowroot starch, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk to combine. In a separate bowl, combine: 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 3/4 cup milk, 2 eggs, and vanilla. Whisk until frothy, and then fold in the shredded zucchini.
    2. Add half of the dry mixture to the wet mixture, stirring to combine, and then add in the other half of the dry mixture to create a loose batter. Fold in walnuts/chocolate chips.
    3. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle on the stove over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of butter.
    4. Spoon batter into hot pan, making pancakes that are 4-5 inches wide. Cook on one side until you start to see bubbles on the top and edges begin to turn golden brown. Flip pancake to second side, and cook until golden. Move pancake to plate. Repeat until all of batter has been used.
    5. Serve hot with butter and maple syrup. Optionally, add additional walnuts on top for garnish.

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    Roasted Maple Chai-Spiced Cashews

    Maple Chai-Spiced Roasted Cashews

    Thirty minutes before friends were set to arrive, I heated maple syrup in a skillet until it was sticky. I was making this salad from Saveur Magazine. No more than five minutes later, the cashews were candied and slowly disappearing while they cooled. (Who? Me? Steeling cashews from the pan? Never! 😏)

    The cashews from that salad reminded me of the honey sesame cashews Trader Joe's sells in it's trail mix section. But better, because maple syrup. All things maple syrup are better, right? 

    Those cashews sat in my mind for the next week. My eyes had been opened to something new: homemade maple cashews, and the flavor possibilities were endless. Maple Cayenne Cashews. Maple Cinnamon Cashews. Maple Rosemary? It could work. 

    Maple Chai-Spiced Roasted Cashews
    Maple Chai-Spiced Roasted Cashews

    But the flavor profile that really got me excited was Maple Chai (you know how I love all things chai-spice). 

    And now? Now I don't think I'll ever go back to Trader Joe's honey cashews. These homemade puppies are easy to make (we're talking a 10 minute recipe) and I find the maple flavor, with a bit of warm spice, SO. MUCH. BETTER. I couldn't stop eating these once they were made. 

    And while I did no gifting of these cashews, and we ate most of them while they were still warm, they would also make a pretty little gift. Can you picture a mason jar filled with Maple Chai-Spiced Cashews tied up with a festive bow and a little name tag? Cute! And so sweet, in more ways than one. 

    Maple Chai-Spiced Roasted Cashews

    P.S., I did also try the Maple Cayenne idea but with pepitas instead of cashews. After they were candied they needed something else, so then I drizzled them with dark chocolate. They were good, but I liked these cozy cashews more. 

    Roasted Maple Chai-Spiced Cashews

    Published November 30, 2017 by
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    Serves: 8   |    Total Time: 10 minutes



    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups roasted, unsalted whole cashews 
    • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
    • 1/16 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/16 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/16 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 pinch ground anise
    • 1 pinch ground cloves

    Directions:

    1. Prepare a baking pan with parchment paper or a Silpat (affiliate link!). Set aside.
    2. In a small bowl, combine cardamom, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, anise, and cloves. Stir to combine.
    3. Heat maple syrup in a skillet over medium-high heat for about 1-2 minutes, stirring, until it begins to thicken. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add spice mix to syrup, stirring to distribute.
    4. Now, add cashews to skillet. Stir using a spatula or wooden spoon until all cashews are coated. Scrape cashews with maple syrup onto lined baking sheet and spread out into a single layer, breaking up large clumps. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes.

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