I saw local apples on sale at the supermarket and, against my better judgement, bought some.
Now, I am not one of those people who easily gives up summer. In fact, I am one of those people you hear cursing in the middle of CVS, exclaiming, "It's only August. Why the fuck is there stuff out for Thanksgiving?" Really. Who needs to be reminded that the chilly, dark days of winter will be upon us in just a few short months?! Not me!
I find myself clutching to every single last ray of sunshine before finally committing myself to the fall season. I'll wear flipflops and sundresses far past their appropriateness. I love summer! I love beach days! I love being tan! I am sad every time I see it go.
Which is why I had initially resisted the buying of these apples. Apples signifies autumn to me. It means leaves are changing and sweater season is upon us. While I have grown to really love fall too, I am not ready for it.
Despite my resistance, apples I did buy. Mealy apples at that. Ugh. Is there anything worse then a mealy apple? Apples should be crisp and juicy and sweet. What does one do with mealy apples? Some of you out there my choke these disgrace to fruit down. Or, like my family, carry it back and forth to work for several days before it's just too bruised and beat up that you need to throw it away. We refer to this phenomenon as "The Comfort Fruit."
OR you can do something really wonderful and ingenious with it and make a Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Bake! My, my, my, what smart girl would think to do something like that?!
Ahem...No need for thanks.
Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Bake
Cook Time: 25 - 30 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast snack vegetarian apples cinnamon oats nuts fall
- 3/4 c rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp sucanat or other sweetener (add more to your taste)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 2 - 3 tbsp golden flax seeds
- 3 - 4 tbsp silvered or sliced almonds
- 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 c apple sauce
- 1/2 c milk
- 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil or other neutral oil (optional)
- 1 apple, diced into smaller pieces
- Optional add-ins: shredded coconut, chia seeds, walnuts or other nuts of your choosing, chocolate chips (who says you can't have chocolate in the morning?)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Add all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix well.
3. Add vanilla, applesauce, milk, and coconut oil. Stir to combine.
4. Add in apples. Mix well.
5. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. You can also broil for a few minutes at the end of the baking time to get a brown crust on top.
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