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Lifestyle Medical Center Recipe Highlight: Baked Apple and Nut Oatmeal

By Ashton Jackson, RD, LDN

 

Picture this: you wake up on a weekday morning and your breakfast is ready and waiting for you, no drive-thru required.  Does this sound like an impossible feat to you?

Think again…

If you are a lifestyle-changer who chronically skips breakfast or believes the breakfast combo meal at your closest fast-food restaurant is the only option for a busy morning, I challenge you to turn over a new leaf in the coming week, spend a few minutes in the kitchen and give a make-ahead option a try.  If you are still feeling skeptical, follow along below for a quick recap of my most recent make-ahead breakfast experience: Baked Apple and Nut Oatmeal, courtesy of the Lifestyle Medical Center recipe library.

This basic recipe is very easy to modify for specific dietary considerations and/or based on the ingredients you have available in your pantry!  Note that in this recap, applesauce served as a substitute for one of the apples and nuts were omitted.

Tools you’ll need:

  • A mixing bowl and a whisk
  • A few measuring cups/spoons
  • 8 x 8 glass baking dish
  • About 5 minutes of your free time?

Ingredients you’ll need: (specific quantities available here)

  • Uncooked oats
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking powder
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Apples (and/or applesauce)
  • Chopped nuts (or nut butter)

This recipe literally took 5 minutes to prep on a busy Sunday afternoon.  The minimal hands-on prep and bake time made it a great option for multi-tasking.

First: Gather your ingredients:

 

 

 

Next: Measure and combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Slowly whisk in the milk, eggs and vanilla.

Chop your apples (or other chosen fruit) and fold in to the mix:


Tip: I opted to shred my apple using a cheese grater which allowed for smaller pieces suitable to feed a toddler.  These types of modifications make this a family-friendly meal!

Pour the mixture into an 8×8 pan coated with cooking spray and pop it in the pre-heated oven to bake.

At this point … you have 40 minutes to continue with other meal preparations, knock out a few chores, or maybe even squeeze in a quick workout!

Before you know it, the final product will be ready:

 Cool, cover and refrigerate if you plan to enjoy this oatmeal each morning throughout the week.  The recipe is also excellent served warm as breakfast for a crowd!

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