Vegan Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

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Let me consult the all-knowing Wikipedia for the definition of “rite of passage”.

A rite of passage is a ritual event that marks a person’s transition from one status to another. Milestones include transitions from puberty, year 7 to high school, coming of age, marriage and death. Initiation ceremonies such as baptism, confirmation and Bar or Bat Mitzvah are considered important rites of passage for people of their respective religions.

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Last night, I believe I had my first hockey-related rite of passage — playing hockey…outdoors…in January…in Michigan…with snow…and wind…and sub-zero temperatures. I mean, the rink is all of one-third mile from the blustery shores of Lake Michigan. It was intense. My eyes watered and my day-old make-up ran down my cheeks in pain. Literally.

I wished very much so that my hockey gloves didn’t have holes from wear and tear.

I patted myself on the back for leaving the house in 2 layers on bottom…3 on top. Plus a scarf, hat, and mittens.

One small bonus: no ice needed in my water bottle.

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A rite of passage when it comes to healthy eating, particularly vegan baking, is making your very first flax egg — a vegan replacement for eggs. The combination of ground flaxseed + water + a few moments time yields a pasty substance that not only helps hold together baked goods, but also packs in note-worthy nutrition. Beyond the plentiful amounts of fiber, flaxseed is packed with omega 3 fatty acids. Furthermore, a flax egg is slightly lower in calories than the real deal.

Go on…earn your vegan baking rite of passage and try a flax egg if you haven’t already!

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Vegan Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal adapted from Sweet Peas and Pumpkins

1/4 cup warm water
3 Tbsp ground flax seed
3 cups old fashioned oats
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 apples, cored and diced
1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with olive oil; set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together the warm water and flaxseed; set aside to form a “gel”.

Combine oats, spices and salt, baking powder, and brown sugar; whisk to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, milk, vanilla, and the flaxseed mixture.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients; fold in diced apple. Spread the mixture into the baking dish and top with walnuts. Use the back of a spatula to gentle press down walnuts.

Bake for 30 minutes or until set. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Yield: 6 large servings.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 289 calories; 8.8 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 536 mg. sodium; 47.8 g. carbohydrate; 7.2 g. fiber; 6.8 g. protein

Result: Sweet with great accents from the ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The apples and walnuts in this recipe pop and the nutrition stats are impressive — healthy fats, high in fiber, and carbohydrate controlled. This is a breakfast that reheats and freezes well and you can add/subtract whatever nuts, seeds, and fruit you prefer! Enjoy!

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Looking forward to tonight – a simple dinner at home and the Illini game 🙂

Be well,

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15 Comments

  1. January 22, 2013 / 8:00 am

    Welcome to the world of vegan baking where flax eggs reign king! 🙂 Love the flavors of this baked oatmeal, and your recipe comes at the perfect time – my husband and I are trying to prepare some meals in advance so we don’t make every.single.meal. from scratch 3 times a day.

  2. January 22, 2013 / 8:40 am

    I admire you for playing hockey in the snow and wind! I can’t even imagine…

    The baked oatmeal sounds great!

  3. January 22, 2013 / 10:20 am

    I think I have everything to make this!! This might be my breakfast tomorrow – thanks Nicole! And wow, that’s bad ass to be playing hockey outdoors this time of year!!

  4. January 22, 2013 / 12:24 pm

    Yum, I LOVE baked oatmeal…definitely one of my favorite breakfast treats. The applesauce in this one sounds great!

  5. January 22, 2013 / 12:26 pm

    I just saw where some people were without power in the UP, yike! You’re the hockey QUEEN!

    Now, I’m gonna put ground flaxseed on my grocery list. I must participate in this rite of passage!

  6. January 22, 2013 / 2:03 pm

    I’m normally an overnight oats kind of girl but this looks perfect to warm up for this very cold weather! I’ve used a flax seed once when I was out of eggs and it worked like a charm. I conveniently have all of these ingredients right now so will definitely be making it this weekend!

  7. January 22, 2013 / 3:14 pm

    Baked oatmeal is one of those things I keep meaning to make, and always forget. This sounds SO good. I need to remember to try it.

  8. January 22, 2013 / 3:32 pm

    I’ve been seeing a lot of baked oatmeal recipes. I love love oatmeal eat it almost every day. I’m gonna give this a try.

  9. January 22, 2013 / 11:41 pm

    YUM, I can totally eat a container of these! I’m in love with apple cinnamon right now, this sounds perfect for my pregnancy snacking!

  10. January 23, 2013 / 5:49 am

    I’m definitely experienced with the flax egg! I haven’t tried the chia egg however. Doing anything outside in that kind of weather sounds downright painful. We have had weather ranging from 20’s to 70’s in a weeks time…so wacky!

  11. January 26, 2013 / 3:21 pm

    That’s awesome! I remember skating on a lake when I was younger, but I haven’t done that in a long time(and definitely haven’t played hockey outside!) And I’m the Canadian one here, haha! Flax eggs are definitely a rite of passage! I remember the first time I tried it! Is that weird? Anyways, your oatmeal looks delicious! I love baked oatmeal, but apple cinnamon is like the best comforting winter flavor for breakfast 😀

  12. January 29, 2013 / 4:28 am

    Oh my! This looks soooooo yummy! Thank you for the amazing recipe!! 🙂

  13. September 24, 2013 / 6:24 pm

    Thank you for posting this recipe! This was my first attempt at baked oatmeal and it turned out fantastic. I took it to Bible study and brought home only crumbs. 🙂

  14. Lauramac
    September 30, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    Thanks for this recipe, I’ll be making this today. I love baked oatmeal, but can’t have egg, so this is awesome. Although it’s football season now (yay!)…go ILLINI!!!!!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      September 30, 2013 / 5:28 pm

      WOOOOOOOO! Go Illini!!!!!

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