Friday, September 30, 2011

Living Healthfully: Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal

With the days becoming shorter, nights chillier, I find it hard to pull myself from the warm, flannel sheets of our cushy bed.

 Especially when I wake up to two cute little boys in my bed, I'd like to linger in the warmth, in between two small bodies of heat, enjoying the early-morning smiles brought about by rest and a new day, but little tummies growl and want food before too many minutes pass.


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On these chilly-air mornings, in the newness of autumn and the heart of harvest, I love waking up to Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal smells wafting up the staircase from the slow cooker. And I love that we can all roll out of bed, slip into wool socks and sweatshirts and head down to enjoy a warm breakfast without cooking; it makes getting out of bed so much more inviting.

With its easy preparation, in-season ingredients {we picked our apples at All Seasons Orchard}, flavorful taste and high nutrition, I bet Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal will become a favorite around your house, too.

    Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal
* 4-5 small apples, peeled and chopped into bite sizes {Galas are perfect, but any crisp, sweet apple will work}
* 1 and 1/4 cups of whole-rolled oats or steel-cut oats {half of both is FABULOUS!}
* 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
* 1.5 Tablespoons of coconut oil or butter
* 2 Tablespoons of Almond Meal {optional}
* 2 Tablespoons of Ground Flax Seed
* 1.75 Cups of original Almond Milk or regular cow milk {we prefer raw!}
* 1.75 Cups of water, Sprinkle of sea salt
* Generous sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
Be sure to grease the inside of the slower cooker and then simply toss everything into the pot, letting it simmer overnight {about six hours} on low.


Note: Depending on the heat levels of your slow cooker, you may need to play with this recipe and adjust the liquid ingredients accordingly because if it cooks at a higher heat on low than mine, you may need more liquid. 
In the morning, after the oatmeal is dished into separate bowls, you may want to add honey or brown sugar on the top for added sweetness. The boys and I, however, think it's plenty sweet without adding a drop because of the sweetness of the apples. {If you want, you can add one tablespoon of honey to the pot, though.}

We do play with garnishes, though; G likes his with raisins, and I like mine topped with a few almonds and some extra cinnamon.

Also to love, even E., my picky eater,devours this breakfast, shoveling it into his mouth with both a spoon and his free hand.

Tasty


 It's that good.

If you try it, let me know what you think!

Happy Autumn!

{My recipe was originally inspired by one at The Yummy Life.}


This post is also linked with The Green Resource at A Delightful Home

14 comments:

  1. My tummy wants this now! I have all the ingredients, going to try it for our pre-football-game breakfast tomorrow.

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  2. ok, to be honest, when I saw all of those ingredients, I said no way. NO WAY! But then I kept reading and saw "slow cooker...night before," and I immediately thought, well I could do all of that at night! So, I will definitely try this. The thought of getting all of that nutrition and bulk in my kids before they start their day, especially my petite picky eater, well...I love that!

    Thanks, Hy.

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  3. And oh, I am jealous that Kelly already has all of the ingredients. :)

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  4. Oh, yum. This is SO what I've been waiting for, Hy! I'm terrible about getting a hankering for something in particular (like overnight oatmeal) without ever actually going to find a good recipe. I just fester :)

    Thank you so much! I think this will be our Saturday morning wake-up call!

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  5. We have a tree nut allergy. Is there a substitute for the 2 Tablespoons of Almond Meal? Or could I just leave it out. Thanks!

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  6. This does sound healthy and good. I craved oatmeal like crazy when I was prego, weird, I would have it twice a day, a huge bowl too.
    I would love for you to share at my weekly linky fri-mon
    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/09/any-linky-goes-17.html
    Come strut your stuff.

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  7. Christine -- you can definitely omit the almond meal and it will still be wonderful. :)

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  8. I am going to have to make this, stat!

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  9. my girls would eat this up instantly:) thanks!

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  10. Um...yes please. I'll take 2nds also.

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  11. I'm definitely doing this tonight. It is such a struggle to find the energy to make a hot breakfast in the am!

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  12. Hi Hyacinth,
    I tried this recipe and am very glad I did. It was so easy to put together. I did it at 10:30 last night. I was so tired I could hardly keep my eyes open. But waking up the next morning and dishing up a hot and tasty breakfast without any prepping or cooking was wonderful and made it so worth the effort the night before. Thanks so much for sharing and I was wondering if it would be okay to share this recipe on my blog? With a link back here to your blog, of course.

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    1. Sally Ann, I'm so glad you liked it. Please feel free to share the link on your blog to this recipe with pictures of how yours turned out or something, yes, but if you could just direct here for the actual recipe that would be great. Thanks!

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