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Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

Serves 6.


    This comforting baked oatmeal recipe—stuffed with nutritional bell-ringers such as apples, carrots, and walnuts—is a perfect meal solution for harried mornings when you don’t have the time or energy to hover over a pot of simmering oats. It’s also a perfect option for weekend brunches when you’re in the mood for entertaining. Bake ahead of time and reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through. Try serving with a couple dollops of thick yogurt and blueberries.



    Using both rolled and steel-cut oats adds even more great texture. If desired, you can swap out the apples for pears and use other nuts such as almonds or pecans.

    Dark delight

    When using maple syrup for baking purposes, such as in this big-batch oatmeal, reach for the “dark” grade, which has more robust flavour and will therefore be more pronounced in the final product.


    Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal


    • 1 cup (250 mL) steel-cut oats
    • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) melted unsalted butter or coconut oil, plus more for greasing
    • 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) large-flake rolled oats
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped walnuts
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsweetened large flaked coconut
    • 1 large organic egg, whisked
    • 2 cups (500 mL) milk or unsweetened nondairy milk
    • 1/3 cup (80 mL) maple syrup
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
    • 1 1/4 tsp (6 mL) cinnamon
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cloves
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
    • 2 apples, cored and chopped
    • 1 cup (250 mL) grated carrot
    • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) turbinado or coconut sugar


    Per serving:

    • calories443
    • protein12g
    • fat19g
      • saturated fat8g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates60g
      • sugars26g
      • fibre8g
    • sodium164mg



    In small bowl, cover steel-cut oats with water and let soak for 2 or more hours.


    Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease a large casserole dish.


    In 2 L casserole dish, stir together drained steel-cut oats, rolled oats, walnuts, and coconut flakes. In large bowl, whisk together melted butter or coconut oil, egg, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Add liquid mixture to oats and gently mix until everything is moist. Gently stir in apples and carrot.


    Scatter sugar overtop and bake until mixture is just barely set, about 40 minutes.


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    You might think of protein as something you mainly get from a meal and, therefore, not a component of dessert. But, if you’re going to opt for dessert from time to time, why not consider working in ingredients that go big on this important macronutrient? It’s easier (and more delicious) than you may think! Protein is an essential part of every cell in your body and plays a starring role in bone, muscle, and skin health. So, certainly, you want to make sure you’re eating enough. And it’s best to spread protein intake throughout the day, since your body needs a continual supply. This is why it can be a great idea to try to include protein in your desserts. When protein is provided in sufficient amounts in a dessert, it may help you feel more satiated and help temper blood sugar swings. Plus, in many cases, that protein comes in a package of other nutritional benefits. For instance, if you’re eating a dessert made with protein-packed Greek yogurt, you’re not just getting protein; you’re getting all the yogurt’s bone-benefitting calcium and immune-boosting probiotics, too. Adding nuts to your dessert doesn’t just provide plant-based protein, but it also provides heart-healthy fats. Yes, desserts need not be just empty calories. Ready for a treat? These protein-filled desserts with a healthy twist are dietitian-approved—and delicious.