Dessert for Breakfast: Apple Crumble Baked Oatmeal

Some days we want to be a bit naughty at breakfast (no, not that)- we want ice cream right? Well, the ice cream was an after thought with this (its actually the Booja- Booja vanilla, which is a dairy free alternative I tried and fell in love with. It has only four all natural ingredients and no added refined sugar- so it’s definitely breakfast worthy if you want it to be), but it certainly added that little extra something. Apple crumble is one of my favourite winter desserts- and I love that layer where the apple meets the crumble and you get a little bit of gooey, crunchy, sweet and fruity deliciousness. This breakfast is basically that layer, and just that.  Apple, cinnamon, honey, almond butter, oats and plant based milk combine to make a soft, nearly-cookie-dough kind of texture- with all the taste and texture, but none of the oops-I’m-eating-dessert-for-breakfast guilt.
This is suitable for anyone who is looking to lose some weight, is vegetarian (vegan if you swap the honey for the agave or date syrup or maple syrup), dairy-free- and 100% doesn’t taste like it. I whacked it into the oven and then sat down with a cuppa on a lazy Sunday, and that was about as much effort as was required. 20-30 minutes later, and you and your Sunday morning pjs and fuzzy socks can enjoy…
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 cup oats + extra for the topping
  • 1/4 cup plant based milk (I used coconut rice milk)
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1/4tsp baking powder
  • 1/4tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp honey (if you like it sweet then double this quantity and add 1tsp to the mix, and 1tsp to the topping)
  • 1/2tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4tsp cinnamon
  • Small pinch of ginger (roughly 1/8tsp)
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Line an oven proof dish with the greaseproof paper, and preheat the oven to 200*c (190*c if you have a fan oven).
  • In a large bowl combine the oats, spices, milk, vanilla- look, just combine everything BUT keep aside a small handful of oats, 1/2tsp of honey, and apple slices for decoration (if you want to add some sophistication).
  • Pour the mix into the lined dish, and then sprinkle over the oats you put to one side, drizzle on that honey, and top with apple. More cinnamon optional.
  • Throw it into the oven for 25-30 minutes, until risen with a crisp top.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Lift out of the dish using the edges of the baking paper, and then use a spatula to dish up- true to its name, this is not a solid baked oatmeal, but a crumbly topped gooey wonder.
  • Top with “ice cream”, fro-yo, or Greek yoghurt if desired, and dig in…

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