Although I missed out on the Fall baking boat, there’s no reason I can’t get my fill of pumpkin, apples, and cranberries now. The local grocery store has had the most delicious Fuji apples. Crisp and perfectly sweet. And they still have fresh cranberries. Time to try out a vegan fruit crisp (err oatmeal bake. Is it called that just so we feel less guilty about having it for breakfast?)
If you haven’t tried using fresh nutmeg yet, you’re missing out. It smells heavenly and really does make a difference in the flavor.
A wonderful fruit filling
meets a sweetened and spiced oatmeal crumble
baked in the oven
and into a bowl with steamed milk (plant-based if you want to keep it vegan).
I don’t usually do sweet breakfasts, but this warming bowl plus a strong coffee was a great way to start off my Saturday.
Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Bake – Joy the Baker
For the Fruit:
- 3 medium Fuji or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 6 ounces fresh cranberries
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- pinch of ground ginger and ground cloves
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
For the Oatmeal:
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon water
- steaming milk, for serving
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, toss together apple slices, fresh cranberries, cornstarch, spices, and maple syrup. Toss with a spoon until cornstarch has disappeared into the mixture. Pour into an 8×8-inch square pan (or glass dish, my Pyrex worked just fine). Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, flour, spices, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and water. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, all at once. Toss together, ensuring that all of the dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon the oat mixture on top of the prepared fruit mixture. Toss just slightly with a spoon.
Place in the oven to bake until cranberries have burst and apples have softened, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
While oatmeal bakes, place milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Heat until milk is steamy hot, but not boiling.
Remove fruit and oats from the oven. Scoop into bowls and pour desired amount of steamed milk over mixture. Conversely, you can also scoop cold ice cream over the warm fruit mixture. Serve warm.
Yield – 4-5 servings