Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal
Author: Aimee
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
This hearty breakfast is reminiscent of classic apple pie and will equip you with vitality for these cold winter days.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup kefir
  • 1 1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 medium apple, scrubbed
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
Instructions
  1. The day before serving, stir together oats, kefir and milk. Let stand at room temperature overnight or up to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350F. Oil a 3qt baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cinnamon, salt and vanilla.
  3. Melt the butter and stir in the maple syrup. Pour into the eggs and whisk until smooth and incorporated.
  4. Switching to a wooden spoon, stir the soaked oats and the baking soda into the egg, mixing well to combine and breaking up any clumps of oatmeal with the back of the spoon. Quarter and core the apple; grate it on a box grater - skin and all - and stir it into the oats.
  5. Scrape the batter into the prepared dish. Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the top. Optional: add a few slices of apple on the top.
  6. Place baking dish in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden around the edges and the centre is set. Cool slightly, then scoop into bowls and serve with milk.
Notes
Customize this recipe to suit your taste. Try honey in place of maple syrup, pear for apple, coconut oil instead of butter, ect.
Recipe by Simple Bites at http://www.simplebites.net/embracing-winter-with-apple-pie-baked-oatmeal/