I have never been a fan of oatmeal for breakfast. I love oatmeal cookies but wet, gooey oatmeal like my grandmother used to make is just not my thing. I realized within the last year or so that the reason I do not like oatmeal is because my grandmother simply could not make good oatmeal.
Her version of oatmeal was instant and it was just a pile of soggy, bland, mush. I, however, prefer oatmeal to be moist but not soggy, flavorful not bland, and thick with different textures not mush.
A few weeks ago, James was making some oatmeal for his breakfast the next day. He likes soggy oatmeal but I don’t hold that against him. It smelled pretty good and I decided the girls and I would like a nice, hot from the oven baked oatmeal. I thought about making Apples and Berries Baked Quinoa and Oatmeal but I wanted something with more protein and just apples and cinnamon. I experimented with changing some things around and came up with this recipe for Baked Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal with Quinoa.
Instead of quinoa I used quinoa flakes which have a texture closer to an oat. I also added in some protein powder to up the protein content although quinoa does contain protein.
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup quinoa flakes
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or almonds or pecans)
- 2/3 cup unflavored protein powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 TBSP cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 TBSP stevia
- 2 large apples
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 3 tsp whipped cinnamon butter
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Lightly grease baking dish with butter or coconut oil.
- Core and chop apples. You could slice the apples if you wished.
- In a bowl, mix together all dry ingredients.
- Stir in apple slices.
- Melt cinnamon butter in a microwave safe, medium sized dish.
- Stir in vanilla and almond milk.
- Combine liquid ingredients with dry ingredients, stirring to just moistened.
- Pour apple mixture into baking dish.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Serve hot.
I like to mix this up the night before and store it in the fridge. Then first thing in the morning I pop it in the oven to bake. This brea kfast casserole will keep in the fridge for a up to a week. For an extra special treat for the kids, drizzle warm caramel sauce over their serving. My girls love it when I do this!
Cakey and Doodles loved helping make this. Cakey is a very good helper and is becoming an expert stirrer! Doodles is mastering the art of pouring measured ingredients into the bowl. 🙂
How do you like your oatmeal?
Have a blessed day!
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