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Baked Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal

Baked Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is one of the best ways to start the day with something that can feel indulgent. I rarely make baked oatmeal because of the time it requires to prepare and bake in the oven. When I do, this is one of my favorite combinations because of the perfectly caramelized apples and warming hints of apple spice.


jar of oats

The apple and spices will really remind you of an apple crumble especially if you top it off fresh out of the oven with some yogurt or milk.  There are so many great options to sub for the apples as well if you prefer berries or bananas instead. It’s also an easy switch to make gluten-free by subbing in GF oats!

cinnamon sticks

Additionally, you could easily cut these into squares and freeze them for later. I’ve also tried cutting them into square bites and storing them in an air-tight container for easy access to take as a snack. Oatmeal is so versatile and packs some nutrition no matter how you prepare your oats.

Oats are high in many vitamins and minerals, including:

  • Manganese. Typically found in high amounts in whole grains, this trace mineral is important for development, growth, and metabolism.
  • Phosphorus. This mineral is important for bone health and tissue maintenance.
  • Copper. An antioxidant mineral often lacking in the Western diet, copper is considered important for heart health.
  • Vitamin B1. Also known as thiamine, this vitamin is found in many foods, including grains, beans, and nuts.
  • Iron. As a component of hemoglobin, a protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood, iron is absolutely essential in the human diet.
  • Selenium. This antioxidant is important for various processes in your body. Low selenium levels are associated with increased risk of premature death and impaired immune and mental function.
  • Magnesium. Often lacking in the diet, this mineral is important for numerous processes in your body.
  • Zinc. This mineral participates in many chemical reactions in your body and is important for overall health.


oats and milk


Breakfast is my favorite meal to create recipes and find ways to make healthy swaps. It’s always fun to try new ingredients that can add flavor and nutrition or make a dish totally indulgent. Have you tried baked oatmeal, what’s your favorite spices and fruit to add? Let me know in the comments and enjoy!



Baked Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal

July 9, 2019
: 6-8
: 10 min
: 40 min
: 50 min
: Easy


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups milk of choice
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup apples diced
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp raw cane sugar (if desired)
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 375F and grease a 9in. square baking dish
  • Step 2 Prepare flax or chia egg and set aside (for about 3-5 mins)
  • Step 3 In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients until combined
  • Step 4 In a smaller bowl combine the wet ingredients
  • Step 5 Reserve 1/2 cup of the apples for topping, then arrange the remaining on top of the dry ingredients in the baking pan
  • Step 6 Cover the dry ingredients and fruit with wet and ensure it soaks through while patting down the dry oats on top
  • Step 7 Scatter the remaining fruit on top and sprinkle on raw cane sugar for extra sweetness and crunch if desired
  • Step 8 Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown, remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving
  • Step 9 This will keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days, best served warm with coconut yogurt or milk poured on top
Maple Chia Pudding

Maple Chia Pudding

On hot summer mornings, you don’t always want dense, warm porridge or even your go-to overnight oats. Some days you just want all of the fruit because the heat and humidity is too much. This chia pudding will do the trick and provide plenty of protein and nutrients to kickstart the day.

This recipe only calls for a handful of ingredients and it could be made the night before or day of! Other than the toppings–which we will get to–the pudding can be elevated by blending after soaking. This creates a creamier texture which I have found to be a game changer.

Let’s talk non-dairy milk choices. Really, any of them work well especially the longer you soak and if you decide to blend. However, I have found it to be creamier if you use a higher fat milk like coconut milk. My go-to is usually soy milk because it is so versatile but really it is up to you.

Chia seeds are truly a powerhouse. Here’s a few facts:

A one-ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDI.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDI.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDI.
  • They also contain a decent amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2.

Almond butter and maple syrup pair so well together for this dish. The maple notes highlight the nuttiness of the almonds making it oh-so-satisfying.

Would it be chia pudding if you didn’t put granola on top? Chia pudding always calls for toppings. Almond butter, coconut yogurt, bananas, and granola are just some of my favorites. I’ve recently discovered a coconut-based granola from whole foods that honestly works so well for this. It has maple and caramel hints that make you want to pour just a little bit more on for those last few bites. What are you go-to toppings for chia pudding or smoothie bowls? Enjoy!

Chia Pudding

June 25, 2019
: 1
: Easy


  • 2tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice (soy or coconut milk works best)
  • 1tbsp maple syrup
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp almond butter
  • Step 1 Combine all together in a bowl or jar
  • Step 2 Whisk or shake together
  • Step 3 Let rest for up to 8hrs, if you’re in a rush 10-15mins works just as well
  • Step 4 Blend if desired
  • Step 5 Serve with your favorite toppings
The Ultimate Chocolate Pumpkin Oats

The Ultimate Chocolate Pumpkin Oats

Oatmeal is a versatile and nutritious option for breakfast. It’s one of my favorite go-to’s whether it’s cooked on the stove or thrown together for overnight oats. When you add cocoa powder to it? It’s even better because who doesn’t love chocolate? I came up with this recipe during the cold months of winter while I was in crunch time for school. It’s great fuel for those long mornings and is just as good in the warmer months.

In my opinion, chocolate makes everything better especially when you’re stressed. Adding pumpkin and spices makes it that much better. I highly recommend adding some peanut butter on top, but that’s just me. This oatmeal is oh so creamy and practically tastes like dessert which is a great way to start your morning.

The banana adds some natural sweetness while making it even creamier! I’d suggest keeping it to 1/4 or 1/2 as it is rather sweet to begin with. You could even omit it and add some maple syrup or coconut sugar. I have yet to test this as overnight oats but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work just as well and keep the pumpkin pie satisfaction.

My favorite toppings for this are peanut butter–as mentioned–cherries and some granola for crunch. It’s really the ultimate oatmeal! Post below your favorite oatmeal toppings and enjoy!

The Ultimate Chocolate Pumpkin Oats

June 4, 2019
: 2 min
: 10 min
: 12 min
: Easy


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4-1/2 banana mashed
  • Step 1 Bring 1 cup of non-dairy milk to a boil in a saucepan
  • Step 2 Stir in the 1/2 cup of oats and let cook for 1 minute
  • Step 3 Add in pumpkin and banana and cook until soft
  • Step 4 Finally, stir in the cocoa powder and mix until combined
  • Step 5 Top with fresh berries and peanut butter