Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Baked Apple Crisp Oatmeal


Oatmeal is without a doubt my favorite breakfast...and lunch...and dinner.  I could happily live off of a purely oatmeal-based diet, and I may or may not have tried to do exactly that once or twice. The thing about oatmeal, though, is that it has a bit of a reputation for being bland and boring. I guess if you're just eating the stuff by itself that's understandable, but why would you? Oatmeal is the perfect foundation for a multitude of fun, flavorful dishes, and this baked apple crisp version proves it. Sweet like an apple pie and enveloped with all the comfort of tradition, this is the perfect way to start your day if you've got a little extra time in the morning.  Or you could be like me and make it for dinner. That works, too.

Ingredients
makes one serving

1/4 cup steel cut oats
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 of an apple
1/2 of a banana
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/8 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp vegan butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.  Once your oven is turned on, pour the milk and water into a saucepan and heat on medium until mixture simmers. Stir in the steel cut oats, lowering heat and let simmer.  Next, cut a quarter of the apple into bite sized chunks and add into simmering oats. Note: I suggest prepping the apple beforehand because you want it to cook as long as possible. Also add into the oats half of a banana, mashing into the mixture.  Let the oats simmer for a total of 15 to 20 minutes (this may take longer if you double the recipe). While the oatmeal cooks, process the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter in a blender or food processor to create the crumble topping.  Once the oats are fully cooked, serve in an oven-safe bowl and sprinkle a layer of the crumble on top. Bake for 20 minutes.  Lastly, garnish with a few apple slices, let cool, and enjoy! Note: leftover crumble can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week!

You can this recipe being made (and more) on MissGlamorazzi's YouTube channel

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