Apple Walnut Baked Oatmeal
(Adapted from Peanut Butter Fingers)
Makes about 3 servings
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon chai seeds
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons apple butter
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons almond milk
Syrup for topping
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, add oats, chai seeds, brown sugar, salt, and baking soda. Whisk thoroughly.
3. In a separate small bowl, add applesauce and apple butter. Whisk until well combined. Add to oat mixture and whisk or stir until all ingredients are well incorporated. Add walnuts and stir to evenly distribute.
4. Pour mixture into loaf pan and gently press down with a spatula to form an even layer. Drizzle almond milk over the top. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir, and press down again into an even layer. Bake 8-10 more minutes (oats will become medium-dark golden brown). Remove from oven. Let cool in pan up to 5 minutes. Slice into pieces and serve immediately. Top with syrup if desired.
Normally I wouldn’t be so excited on a Monday morning, but it’s the week of Thanksgiving! Can you believe it? I can’t. At the risk of repeating what everyone else is already saying, I’m saying it anyway- the holiday season has totally and completely snuck up on me this year. Time flies!! Just a couple of (hopefully) quick workdays to get through and I’ll be on my way to spend time with my beloved family and eat some of the best food we eat all year.