Sunday, September 22, 2013

Apple Upside Down Baked Oatmeal!

We have been lucky enough to get free apples! After processing the fruit and tomatoes of the past month, I wasn't even sure we should head out to Summerland for a second round of apple picking, but having grown up in Manitoba where amazing, organic and free apples are VERY hard to come by (well, crab apples are pretty tasty...) we couldn't pass up the opportunity. Many jars of applesauce later, plus at least two apple crisps, several batches of apple/zuchinni muffins and a few rounds in the dehydrator I used the inspiration of Chocolate Covered Katie to come up with this recipe. We also got an apple corer and the apple rings it makes are inspiring many other recipes (I'm dreaming up apple ring/oatmeal cookies, apple pancakes, apple upside down cake...)  
I followed a basic baked oatmeal recipe and made a few adaptations:
Per ramekin:
lightly grease the bottom and sides. Add an apple ring from a peeled, cored apple to the bottom of each ramekin. Add 1/4 tsp Earth Balance or butter, and 1/4 tsp brown sugar, and dust with cinnamon. In a bowl, mix together (for each ramekin):
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup milk of choice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
a dash of salt
a dash of cinnamon
a touch of liquid sweetner
Then press onto the top of each apple ring. Bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes, then on broil for another two. Remove from the ramekin and place upside in a bowl. Add milk, chopped nuts, cinnamon, maple syrup, raisins, chocolate chips (whatever you like) to taste.
I double this and fill three ramekins for my little boys and me.
1/2 Tbsp nut butter, butter, Earth Balance or coconut oil


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