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Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Hello Villagers.

Fall is a time for all things cinnamon in my household. This amazing apple cinnamon baked oatmeal is hearty, healthy, and makes my house smell like the holidays.

I love oatmeal, but have a really hard time getting my children to eat it. Their dislike has more to do with  texture, not taste. Baking oatmeal gives it soft, but not mushy texture that my kids love. The fun part is that you can add anything you like to it. Sometimes we add dried cherries and almonds, blueberries or peaches in the summer, or dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. Today, in the spirit of fall and the cooler weather that has FINALLY hit Texas, we will be adding apples, pecans, and cinnamon.

This is an easy recipe to throw together and would be great time to ask the kids for some help! With the exception of the ground flaxseed, I typically have most of the ingredients on hand. The ground flaxseed adds omega-3 fatty acids and can be found at most major grocery store chains, but can be omitted if you don’t have any on hand.

Begin by melting your butter and allowing it to cool. As the butter cools, mix together the oats, brown sugar, ground flax seed, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Next, chop your apples and set them aside. You can peel them if you like, but you’ll lose the insoluble fiber that will help improve gut health. Apples and oats contain both soluble fiber, which improves heart health, and insoluble fiber, which helps to relieve constipation.  After chopping the apples, gently beat the eggs. Add milk, butter, and maple syrup to the eggs and mix together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Then fold in the pecans and apples. Pour the mixture into a greased 13×9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

This can be served as is, but I like to add greek yogurt along side it. The first time I made it I used vanilla greek yogurt, but that turned out to be too sweet for my taste. I prefer to use plain greek yogurt, but feel free to use whichever you like or none at all!

Enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (_optional_)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 apples, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13x9 pan.
  2. Melt butter and allow it to cool.
  3. Mix together oats, brown sugar, ground flaxseed, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  4. Chop apples.
  5. Mix together butter, maple syrup, milk, and eggs.
  6. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until incorporated.
  7. Fold in pecans and chopped apples.
  8. Pour batter into greased 13x9 pan.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
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Jessica Barnes, PhD, RDN, LD

Dr. Jessica Barnes received her PhD in nutrition from Texas Woman's University. Her research focused on food preference development and creating materials to help preschoolers become familiar with healthy foods. She has worked with families and communities as a clinical and community Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

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