Growing up we always had a special breakfast on Sunday mornings. My dad was the breakfast chef in our house, and would make amazing omelets, Strawberry Belgian Waffles or French Toast after church every Sunday. This is a tradition that I have carried with me into my adult years, and I try to make it a point to take a little extra time to make something out of the ordinary on Sunday mornings. I will never be able to make an omelet or waffle quite like my dad’s so I always try to put my own twist on things. I purchased a jar of natural chunky apple sauce yesterday, and had dreams of making a baked apple dish for breakfast. When it comes to cooking, my imagination always runs wild. I have so many ideas of dishes I want to create and components that go into a dish…there are seriously not enough meals in a day to keep my imagination at bay. After yesterdays complex bowl of oats, I decided to keep it simple and made: Cinnamon Baked Apple Oats with Almonds and Cranberries.
In the mix: in a bowl combine 1/2 cup natural chunky applesauce, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, pure vanilla extract chopped almonds (~1.5 TBS saving some for top), and dried cranberries (~1.5 TBS saving a few for the top). Pour mixture into a greased oven safe bowl, top with 1/2 small Gala apple (and snack on the rest while baking!) sliced, reserved dried cranberries and almonds. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool and top with Greek yogurt and honey!
I had this decadent bowl with a little Decaf Newmann’s Organic’s Coffee. What a cozy way to start a Sunday: warm, full, and reminiscent of memories from home.
Does your family have traditions surrounding food?