Baked Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

baked oatmeal

Yesterday, I went apple picking at a local orchard with some friends. I came home with far too many apples for a single person to eat and decided I needed to get creative in the kitchen.

I love making fresh, warm applesauce this time of year. But, today, I wanted to try making some baked oatmeal. I found a recipe online and made some modifications to it.

This oatmeal would be great with other modifications – using berries, almonds or another kind of fruit. It is also amazing served with yogurt or a little milk or cream.

I’m definitely going to be making applesauce soon – and perhaps I will finally figure out how to preserve food by canning!

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Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

 I don’t know about you, but I love oatmeal! I rarely have time during the work week to make it, so I try to make it on the weekends. I started making this because Emily often makes this Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal for breakfast when we visit. 

Making oatmeal from scratch is easy! I have both the quick oats and regular ones, but this weekend I decided to make the quick oats kind. You can buy them in bulk from most grocery stores! 

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Ingredients

You’ll need quick oats, milk, agave nectar or honey, an apple, cinnamon and some shaved almonds.

Combine everything but the almonds in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once the oatmeal thickens (just a couple minutes), serve with shaved almonds as a crunchy garnish.

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

I love making different varieties of oatmeal. I’m really looking forward to the farmers markets this summer for some fresh berries! I packed up the leftovers (this is enough for two people) and reheated it for breakfast the next day.

If you’re looking to increase your fiber intake, you could add some flax seed to the oatmeal as it cooks.

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Guacamole Hummus

Whenever I hear the word “hummus,” I think of this.

What Gets Out Hummus Friends

“What gets out hummus? What gets out hummus?!”

I am a huge fan of hummus. I love all the varieties and I especially love to make it from scratch. I think a lot of people get intimidated by making hummus, but I’m telling you it’s not that difficult. As long as you have a blender, Magic Bullet or food processor, you’ll be fine!

guacamole hummus

First, you’ll gather up all your ingredients: garbanzo beans (AKA chickpeas), tahini, olive oil, avocados, lime, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, onion powder and cayenne pepper.

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Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans.

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Pour the garbanzo beans into your blender and pulse until coarsely chopped.

Add all the remaining ingredients except for the avocado.

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Pulse some more until the mixture is well mixed.

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Transfer the mixture to a medium-sized bowl.

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Next, cut up the avocados.

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Add to the mixture and mash lightly with a fork.

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Serve with your favorite chips, crackers or veggies.

guacamole hummus

Adjust the cayenne pepper to taste. If you don’t like spicy things, use less. (Me? I like spice!) I think next time I might try adding a little more lime and try a diced garlic clove instead of the garlic powder.

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