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Winter Comfort Baked Oatmeal with a Crunchy Crumble Topping

Winter Comfort Baked Oatmeal with a Crunchy Crumble Topping

Warm your soul on chilly days with the festive flavors of apple, orange, cinnamon, cranberries, and raisins in baked oatmeal topped with a crunchy crumble.

Winter Comfort Baked Oatmeal with a Crunchy Crumble Topping

Hi, I’m Meah and I like warm hugs.

Are Frozen references so last year? Well, actually more like so 3, almost 4 years ago. Can you believe it came out in 2013 and it’s almost freaking 2017?!? I’m shook.

Annnnywayyy, you know those foods that just feel like a big, warm, loving hug? Chocolate chip cookies, tomato soup, fresh, doughy bread…and THIS baked oatmeal!

Winter Comfort Baked Oatmeal with a Crunchy Crumble Topping

I don’t do winter, like I really don’t do winter. 20 degrees, 41 miles per hour winds, YIKES! No thank you. Send me to Hawaii please. That means I’m allll about getting cozy to cope with the bitter cold. Cue the sweat pants, slippers, and Netflix (or Christmas tunes around this time of year) and let the baking commence.

Obviously the first thing on my mind every morning is food 😉 . So, since all my obligations for the day had been canceled due to the weather, little me mozied down to the kitchen with some big plans.

I’d been dreaming up a dish that combines all the best winter flavors and it finally hit me. Why not combine them all in the form of the ultimate winter food: oatmeal? #HadToDoIt

Winter Comfort Baked Oatmeal with a Crunchy Crumble Topping

I opted for baked oatmeal because, since it makes multiple servings and keeps well, it’s perfect for Christmas morning breakfast with the family or meal prepping for a fast, delicious breakfast throughout the week.

I recommend using a toaster oven to reheat it so the topping stays crisp, but if you’re short on time, feel free to reheat it in the microwave, then quickly place it under the broiler if time allows.

Winter Comfort Baked Oatmeal with a Crunchy Crumble Topping

And about that crunchy crumble topping…OH EM GEE. I could seriously just eat it by the spoonful (or bowl 😉 ). It’s like a nutty granola or caramelized nuts on top of the soft baked oats, adding the perfect touch of texture.

Winter Comfort Baked Oatmeal with a Crunchy Crumble Topping

Winter Comfort Baked Oatmeal with a Crunchy Crumble Topping

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Recipe from Pilates, Pearls, and Peanut Butter

Serves 4


Oat Bake

  • 1 1/3 cup rolled oats (GF, if necessary)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup diced, peeled apple (try to keep them semi-uniform, smaller pieces will cook faster)
  • 1/4 cup 100% orange juice
  • 1 1/2 TBSP dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 TBSP raisins
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup peeled, shredded carrot
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Oil to grease

Nut Crumble

  • 2 TBSP coconut oil (NOT melted)
  • 2 TBSP coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup broken up nuts (I used a combination of shaved and slivered almonds, shredded coconut, and crushed hazelnuts – feel free to mix it up : ) !)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and thoroughly coat a 8″ x 8″ baking dish in spray or melted oil.

Place the apple, orange juice, dried cranberries, raisins, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in a small pot. Heat on medium-high until the liquid begins to bubble, then reduce to a medium heat. Stir until the apples have softened and the liquid has thickened and reduced a bit, about 3-5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add in the carrots, and stir together for 1-2 minutes.

While the ingredients on the stove are simmering, stir together the rolled oats and baking powder in a medium bowl, then set aside. In a separate, small bowl, whisk together the egg and almond milk, set this aside too.

Pour the mix from the stove into the bowl of rolled oats and baking soda, then combine. Next, add the whisked egg and almond milk to the bowl with the other ingredients and stir together.

Once combined, pour the oat bake mix into the prepared baking dish. Place in the oven for 20 minutes.

While it’s in the oven, prepare the nut crumble topping. In a small bowl, stir together the coconut oil, coconut sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Next, add in the 1/4 cup of mixed, broken up nuts and combine until a loose, crumbly mix forms.

When the 20 minutes on the oat bake are up, take the bake out and add the nut crumble on top. Spread it around evenly in a thin layer. Place the oat bake back in the oven and cook for 15 more minutes.

Take the bake out of the oven and allow it to set for 5 minutes before cutting. I recommend serving it with some almond or cashew milk yogurt, coconut cream, almond milk, or even coconut milk ice cream if you’re having it for dessert.

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Winter Comfort Baked Oatmeal with a Crunchy Crumble Topping

Let me know what you think of the recipe. If you try it and post a picture tag me so I can check it out and give you some love 🙂 !

Let me know…

Cold weather: love it or hate it?

What are your plans for the holidays?

What are your favorite comfort foods?

Enjoy the moment,

xoxo Meah <3

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    12/31/2016 at 9:49 am

    Ooh, my I want this so much! Would it be wrong to make it a la mode at breakfast — maybe I’ll just do Greek yogurt on top 🙂

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    12/21/2016 at 12:13 am

    this sounds so good!! i love the idea of using orange juice and the crunchy topping 🙂

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