Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal (with a secret ingredient…)

Who loves apple pie?! I know that a good apple pie is sometimes right up my street, especially in
autumn. Apple pie, with chunky pieces of apple, wrapped in cinnamon and a crisp short crust pastry. All homemade, because that’s just the best way when it comes to apple pie- not least because it makes your whole house smell delicious.

Unfortunately (although the odd slice here and there- with ice cream) won’t do you any harm, apple pie isn’t something you can eat every day. But this baked oatmeal can fill in the gaps I reckon…

The recipe makes a single serving baked oatmeal with a soft and delicious base, spiced apple and juicy sultanas scattered throughout. It is sweet, and spiced, and fruity. And those tender apple chunks are kept tender by the not-secret-for-much-longer secret ingredient in the oat base. Avocado. 1/4 of a large, super ripe avocado adds some creaminess without all of the butter of a short crust pastry. Trust me, it works.

Feel free to top this baked oatmeal with almond butter, as I did, or even a good dollop of super thick Greek or vanilla yoghurt, to replicate the cream you would have with apple pie. Maybe use vanilla fro-yo if you’re more of an ice cream fan, or really feeling a treat…

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 SUPER RIPE avocado, well mashed to a creamy consistency
  • 1 apple, chopped into chunks (reserve three slices for decoration if desired)
  • 10g sultanas
  • 1/4tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup milk (I used Alpro coconut original, as it is my current favourite)
  • OPTIONAL:
1tbsp almond butter; Greek yoghurt; vanilla yoghurt; frozen yoghurt, to top.
2tsp agave nectar or honey, for a sweeter “apple pie” mixture.


Method

  • Preheat the oven to 190*C.
  • Take half of the chopped apple and microwave on full power for about 1 minute, until just tender.
  • Mix all of the ingredients but the apple and sultanasย together, until well incorporated. If you do wish to add honey or agave then add these into the mix just formed, and stirย until mixed in.
  • ย Following this fold in the apple and sultanas, and then dollop into an ovenproof dish, smoothing out the top. Lay the three apple slices on top, and then place into the oven for 18-20 minutes, until the top is crisp and golden.
  • Top your baked oatmeal with any one of the suggested toppings. Although I personally suggest peanut, almond, or cashew butter.

Take in a deep breath of that apple pie aroma, and then dig in guys…

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