Apples and fresh cranberries atop oats mixed with freshly pressed apple cider, warming spices and sliced dates for a hint of sweetness, then baked.
This is both fabulous and festive and bakes into a delicious warming dish that is light and completely sugar-free; check the label on your apple cider and make sure there is no added sugar etc. I was lucky enough to get freshly pressed unpasteurized apple cider from Contant Orchards, a 4th generation family-owned farm in Etna, central Maine.
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Apple & Cranberry Baked Oats
PREHEAT oven 350 F | 175 C 6 cup capacity glass pyrex or ovenproof baking dish + lid.
WHISK in cider, egg, vanilla, spices, baking powder until well combined. STIR in oats and spread out evenly.
SCATTER over sliced dates + diced apples + fresh cranberries.
BAKE 25 – 30 mins until oats + fruits are cooked and lightly golden.
SERVE hot or warm, as is or with a dollop of yoghurt or whipped cream if you like.
STORE in the fridge covered – reheat in the oven covered or portion into a saucepan on the stovetop.
APPLE CIDER – make sure it is sugar-free & additive-free.
SWAP CIDER use dairy or plant-based milk; or orange juice or juice from Cider Poached Pears.
SWAP DATES for dried raisins, currants, cranberries, apricots, prunes or any other dried fruit you like. You can SKIP the dates.
SWAP apple for pear; you might need 2 pears.
SWAP CRANBERRIES – for any other fresh or frozen berry you like.
EGG-FREE SWAP egg for 2 tbsp chia seeds our Super Seed Mix.