Do I have to say anything other than these 3 words: Apples. Cinnamon. Dessert…
I love baking at this time of the year but sometimes I’m just not that into all the work and clean up that ensues. This recipe really lives up to it’s name and is great if you have a sweet craving but don’t want to be a slave to the oven timer all night- this is basically lazy undone apple pie. And even though there’s a little sweetness added, overall these are a pretty healthy treat. Add a scoop of ice cream for an added indulgence. 😉
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Easy Apple Bake
1 apple per person
*The ingredients below are based on 3 apples, so adjust accordingly 🙂
2- 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2- 3 tbsp maple syrup or brown sugar
1/3 cup oats
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cut out the centre of the apples (an apple corer works great for this, see photo below) & place in a baking pan large enough for the amount of apples you’re baking (or bake in batches).
3. Fill the centre of the apples with the brown sugar & oats; sprinkle remaining oats, cinnamon, & nutmeg over the apples & pan (if using maple syrup, pour over top last).
4. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
5. Remove & serve (again, a scoop of ice cream makes this even more amazing- we tried ours with dairy free coconut vanilla, yum).
I was busy this past weekend baking up a storm. With lots of dietary changes in the family I’ve been searching out even healthier versions of my recipe favourites. While it isn’t necessary for me, I try and go gluten free when possible; the same goes with sugar and salt. It’s amazing the difference you’ll notice over time once your taste buds have adjusted to purer flavours.
Anyways, enough about that. One of my all times favourite recipes is banana bread. I hate, hate, HATE throwing out food, so inevitably my freezer becomes a stockpile of produce- including bananas!- that I saved from a wasted fate in our compost. With hubby of gluten, and my sis- in- law off gluten, eggs, and dairy, I thought I’d try some alternative versions of this classic recipe. I made four loaves, each with slight variations, and was very happy with the results. You’ll see my notes below to help guide you with the different options.
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf (approx 16 1/2 slices)
2 cups flour– swap out regular flour for a gluten free option
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips- skip these if you want a dairy free version
2 cups mashed, ripe bananas
1/2 cup butter melted- swap equal amount of apple sauce for a dairy free version
1/4 cup milk- try almond or coconut milk for a dairy free version
2 eggs- you can swap 1/4 cup apple sauce per egg
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; line a baking pan with parchment paper (use one that will give you the desired shape- mine is approx 4″* 8″)
2. Using 2 bowls, mix dry ingredients in one and wet ingredients in the other
3. Combine all ingredients and mix well
4. Pour into baking pan and bake for 50- 60 minutes (or until a wooden skewer can be poked in the middle and comes out clean
I hope you love this! (PS check it out as muffins!)
I don’t think you can get much more cozy than apple- cinnamony goodness in the mornings at this time of the year. And with so many people trying to stick to their New Year’s resolutions (wink) or just trying to be more healthy in general, this recipe is a great make- ahead way to start the day. A nice bonus: you don’t even have to pre- cook the quinoa. 🙂
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Breakfast Bake
1 cup uncooked quinoa 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 2 apples, peeled & diced 1/4 cup raisins 2 eggs 2 cups milk (soy, almond, or coconut would be good alternatives) 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/3 cup almonds, chopped (pecans are delicious too!)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Line a baking pan with parchment (8″ * 8″ or 7″ * 11″)
3. Mix the quinoa & spices; place in baking dish
4. Sprinkle apples & raisins over quinoa mix
5. Mix eggs, milk, & syrup & pour over quinoa mixture; top with almonds
6. Bake for aprox. 1 hour (there should be a little bit of liquid left, but it should be mostly baked through)
7. Serve warm, or allow to cool & refrigerate over night. Cut into desired size pieces and warm- enjoy!