Photo by Quentin Bacon
This recipe is like giving your everyday bowl of oatmeal the fairy-godmother treatment, turning its basic ingredients, oats, fruit, nuts and milk, almost magically, into an apple cake-like treat that is spiked with cinnamon, maple and vanilla and studded with walnuts. Plus, you just have to prep it once for a week’s worth of warm, satisfying breakfasts.
3/4 cup walnut pieces, chopped, divided
1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 large egg
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 medium golden delicious apples, unpeeled, cored and cut into ½ inch piece (2 cups)
½ cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish or 9-inch deep dish pie plate with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, mix together ½ cup of the walnuts, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and the brown sugar.
In a medium bowl stir together the oats, the remaining ¼ cup of walnuts, baking powder, the remaining ¾ teaspoon of the cinnamon and the salt. In another bowl whisk together the milk, maple syrup, egg, oil and vanilla. Pour the liquid ingredients over the oat mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the apple and raisins.
Pour into the prepared baking dish. Top with the walnut-brown sugar mixture. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until it is set and the top is golden.
Makes 6 servings
Serving size 1 ¼ cups
Per serving: Calories 420; Total Fat 18g (Mono Fat 5.5g, Poly Fat 9.1g, Sat Fat 2.4g); Protein 10g; Carb 58g; Fiber 6g; Cholesterol 35mg; Sodium 330mg
Excellent source of: Fiber, Calcium, Manganese, Protein, Riboflavin
Good source of: Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium
To refrigerate and reheat:
Chill uncovered for 30 minutes, then cover tightly with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
To reheat, allow to sit at room temperature as the oven preheats to 350 degrees. Bake, covered with foil for 20-40 minutes, depending on the amount being reheated. Alternatively, place on a microwave safe plate, cover with a splatter guard and microwave for about 60 seconds for a single portion.
To freeze and reheat:
Allow to chill, uncovered, in the refrigerator for 1 hour. To freeze the whole dish, cover tightly with plastic wrap and then foil, or to freeze individual portions, slice, wrap each portion in foil, then place in a sealable freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.
To reheat, there is no need to thaw. Remove the plastic wrap from the dish, and recover with the foil, or remove portions from the plastic bag, keeping them wrapped in foil. Place the frozen dish or foil packet(s) in a cold oven and set it to 350 degrees. Once the oven reaches temperature, cook for 20 minutes for a single portion to 40 minutes for the whole dish.
Alternatively, to microwave individual portions, remove from the foil and place on a microwave safe dish. Cover with a splatter guard and microwave on high for 2 minutes for one portion.