Cherry-Apple Almond Oatmeal Bake

We have lately been having hearty breakfasts in the morning in order to build up our immune systems. In the mornings I usually wake up in the morning and prepare my hubby’s lunch, but knowing that we both like oatmeal and do not usually have the time to prepare it, I decided that after stumbling across a recipe on Foodbuzz, that it was an excuse not to be able to have a delicious and healthy breakfast.


Instead of baking an oatmeal with water, this recipe calls for the oatmeal to be baked in almond milk. I have made it 3 times and every time I made this recipe I used 3 different milks. I used the following milks:
  1. Chufa milk
  2. Coconut milk
  3. Almond milk

Chufa milk, otherwise known as Horchata de Chufa or Tiget Nut Milk, is one of my favorite nut milks. Ever since I tasted this drink in Spain, I knew I would have to get my hands on it soon. My sister brought me some from Spain a while back and I quickly put it to good use. The oatmeal came out creamy and nutty and OH so delicious!
I decided to make the second batch with coconut milk made by Turtle Mountain , which is a great dairy free beverage that I also had on hand. The recipe required a little more sugar than required, but otherwise it was delicious but not so creamy as the first batch.
Almond milk finally was used as the third choice, as the original recipe stated. The third batch came out creamy and delicious. It is great knowing that a nutty breakfast beverage other than milk can make such a warm and nourishing recipe complete! Of course, almond milk is always accesible as opposed to the number one choice that can only be purchased in Spain!. :)


Cherry-Apple Almond Oatmeal Bake

adapted from Inn the Kitchen



serves 4

2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
4 Cups almond milk
1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds
1/2 Cup Dried Cherries
1 cup stewed apples

Start by pre-heating your oven to 350 degrees. Peel and core 8 Gala apples and semi-cover with water. Add 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp nutmeg. Boil for 20 minutes.

Mix the almond extract with your milk. Then sprinkle the oatmeal in a greased glass casserole dish and pour the milk on top. Next, layer the remaining ingredients on top of the oatmeal.

Next, CAREFULLY add the casserole to the oven. It will be a little liquidy until the oatmeal soaks up the milk. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes, scoop and serve!

  • http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com/ MaryMoh

    That looks very healthy and delicious. It’s always good to start the day with some healthy food. I’d love that.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16283387618237622156 Mr. P

    I might make this tomorrow. My significant other has been good. Why not?

    I’ll report back if so.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12571479700374685578 Cocina Savant

    waht a great recipe! this sounds tasty. my parents have friends coming to visit next week and she was asking for breakfast recipes, i’ll have to point her toward your blog :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07073984731642037393 Tasty Eats At Home

    Sounds like a healthy and delicious breakfast! Yum!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15305837415970849152 Mother Rimmy

    Great power breakfast! I’ll send this to my daughter. She’ll love it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17712013548045942055 ValleyWriter

    Looks delicious! I have container of almond milk in the fridge right now, so I say it’s clearly in the stars for me to make this!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16492661388892873640 Simply Life

    YUM! This looks absolutely DELICIOUS!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15203502864311900991 pegasuslegend

    what a great sounding recipe delicious thanks :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08414599591857985794 Vegetable Matter

    I would never have thought to use all those dairy substitutes for oatmeal. Almond milk oatmeal sounds fantastic!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12593756072189786548 Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Looks like a tasty way to start the day. I am a big fan of oats for breakfast! Keeps you full for ages and good for the heart too :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15404934317548027646 KMS

    very nice blog, good work. I will add your blog to my favorite blogs through:
    http://homemade-recipes.blogspot.com

    I will do that tomorrow.

    Regards

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 NOELLE

    Thank you for all the nice comments! It is nice to find a morning breakfast that is quite filling and that a hubby would like! It was a winner!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09033733602903061210 stephchows

    mmm this does sound nutty delicious!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11355264641236573775 My Little Space

    I’m a big fan of oatmeal and this is just my kind. Thanks for sharing. yum…

  • http://www.kitchenbutterfly.com/ Kitchen Butterfly

    Reminds me of home, the chufa does. In Nigeria, we call it Tigernuts and I just love the fresh milk with some vanil! Yummy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15227674056211650898 Carrie

    I LOVE recipes like this SO easy & homey and I just love anything with oatmeal! Thank you SO much for sharing this on my “A GF Holiday: Breakfast/Brunch Roundup!”