Gluten-Free Apple Baked Oatmeal

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This Gluten-Free Apple Baked Oatmeal is a wholesome breakfast that will keep you full and energized for hours. This month will be super busy, so I wanted to have a healthy breakfast on hand. When my mornings are super hectic and I don’t have time to prepare a wholesome breakfast like stuffed breakfast peppers, I make this apple baked oatmeal. It is made with fresh apples, raisins, walnuts, eggs, certified gluten-free oats, non-dairy milk, a splash of pure maple syrup, and warming spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. To make it extra special, I added a swirl of light vanilla pudding. The pudding is super easy to make; all you need is about three minutes. Once the apple oatmeal is finished baking, the pudding is poured over the top. What I love about this breakfast dish, it is super easy to prepare, and it will keep up to five days when refrigerated. So here you have it, a breakfast packed with wholesome ingredients that takes ten minutes to prepare. In my home, there are two ways of serving this dish. Warm in the morning or chilled as a sweet treat in the afternoon. To warm it up, I pop it in the microwave for about a minute. 

Why is this a healthy gluten-free breakfast?

Let me start with the certified gluten-free oats. They are super nutritious, rich in fiber, thiamine, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus and also packed with protein. There are various ways of processing oats. Oat groats -whole kernels, steel-cut – cut into half with a steel blade, Scottish – stone ground, Rolled – steamed and flattened into flakes, Quick – steamed longer and rolled into thinner pieces. The oats that are least processed have a lower glycemic index, but they take longer to cook. Then we have apples, packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. For the raisins, iron and vitamin B-6. Walnuts, magnesium, vitamin B-6, protein and fiber. Eggs, a complete protein and rich in vitamin D. To summarize, not only this is a healthy breakfast, but with the added apples, raisins, nuts and cinnamon, the oatmeal is yummy! The best part, you will have a healthy breakfast ready when you need it. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. GF baking powder
  • 2 tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. GF ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan fine salt
  • 1 3/4 cups non-dairy unsweetened milk or milk of choice (I used oat milk)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, whisked
  • 2 Tbsp. Melted coconut oil or non-dairy butter
  • 1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 3 medium apples, skin on, roughly grated or chopped into small pieces, divided (fuji, gala, or ambrosia are sweetest)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • VANILLA PUDDING
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice
  • 1 Tbsp. Pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
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    Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Using a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients (first 6 ingredients)
  • Add milk, eggs, coconut oil/butter, vanilla, 2/3 of the apples, raisins, walnuts and maple syrup. Stir to combine
  • Layer the bottom of an 8-inch round dish or equivalent with the remaining 1/3 of apples and top with the oat mixture. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes, until the top, is golden
  • For the vanilla pudding; Add milk, maple syrup, vanilla and arrowroot into a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat while stirring until the pudding starts to thicken. About 3 minutes. Pour over baked oatmeal while the glaze is still hot. Serve warm or at room temperature


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