You guys, I think I have a problem.
I can’t stop revamping my baked oatmeal recipe.
Every time I make this baked oatmeal, I think of some other flavor combination that I just HAVE to share with you.
So this latest flavor combination was inspired by all of the beautiful, in season apples at the grocery store. Specifically, the Granny Smith Apples. They’re perfect for baking.
Besides finding a Granny Smith Apple, you’ll need a good apple pie spice blend. You can buy a prepared spice blend, but you could very easily make your own if you have the spices at home. Ya’ll know I am all about making it yourself if it’s possible.
It’s just 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon each of allspice, ground ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom. The cardamom is optional, but if you have it I strongly recommend it. Cardamom just adds this decadent, sweet-spicy flavor to the spice blend.
I love this flavor combination and I know you will, too. The apples are perfectly soft and sweet when baked and they compliment the spice blend.
Also, can I just mention that I have been learning SO much about food photography? I hope that starts to translate into the photos I’m posting here. I want the quality of the photos to reflect the quality of the recipes I share with you.
In case you’re curious, I’m still just using my iPhone 7, but my new favorite app for shooting and editing is Adobe Lightroom CC. It’s certainly no professional setup, but is a huge step up from just using the native camera app. I’ve also invested in two vinyl backdrops from www.inkandelm.com.
I think the app and the backdrops are going to bring the photos on this blog to a whole new level. I may be a little biased though. Let me know what you think.
Anyway, if you give this recipe a try, I’d love to see your version! Please tag me on Instagram @confessionsofaveganmeathead.
Author: Brianna Wright
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 2 t apple pie spice
- 1 1/2 T ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup plant milk
- 1/2 medium granny smith apple, diced
- Optional: 1/4 chopped walnuts or pecans
- Optional: 3 T raisins
- Optional: 2-4 T agave syrup
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients well.
- Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 8×8 baking dish or into lightly greased muffin tin.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes (8×8 baking dish) or 25 minutes (muffin tins).
- If you’ve used the 8 x 8 baking dish, allow to cool completely before cutting into 6 bars.
- Serve room temperature or microwave for 15 seconds to enjoy warm.
- Store in the refrigerator.