Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

Try this delicious Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe for a healthy breakfast for the whole family. happyfitmama.com

Disclosure: I’m a brand ambassador for Stonyfield Organics. I am compensated and receive product samples. All opinions are always my own.

My love for oatmeal is no secret.

It’s something that I eat every single day no matter what the temperature is. A couple of years ago I switched to steel cut oats because it has a higher protein count and has more of a chewier texture that I like. While I love all oats, steel cut makes me feel satisfied longer. You really wouldn’t like to be around me when I’m hangry.

Steel cut oats are made by taking the oat kernels and chopping them into thicker pieces, rather than rolling, steaming, and then steaming them again (like rolled oats). Less processing = better for you!

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I like using Bob’s Red Mill products because I know that they are always non-GMO and most are organic. There’s even plenty of gluten free products for those that need it.

While a warm bowl of oats topped with fresh fruit, nut butter, flax and chia seeds and a dollop of Stonyfield Greek yogurt are always delicious, I thought I’d mix it up and make a baked oatmeal dish for an easy breakfast option. Now that it’s fall, it’s time for all things pumpkin and apple. I’ve been craving warm apples and cinnamon so I knew I wanted to create something that was almost like an apple crisp…but healthier.

Try this delicious Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe for a healthy breakfast for the whole family. happyfitmama.com

This Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal delivers a nutritious breakfast that’s easy to heat up in the morning for the whole family to enjoy. The topping options are endless too. Fresh fruit, chopped nuts, seeds, Stonyfield plain Greek Yogurt or a drizzle of maple syrup. Basically, I treat it like a regular bowl of oats.

Try this delicious Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe for a healthy breakfast for the whole family. happyfitmama.com

Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Steel Cut Oats
  • ¼ Cup Almond Butter
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Oil (melted)
  • ¼ Cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1-2 Apples of your choice (I used Pink Lady), sliced thin
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Nut/Seed Butter
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Fresh nuts or seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, mix steel cut oatmeal, almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, egg, cinnamon, salt and vanilla.
  3. Add almond milk and stir till combined.
  4. Pour oatmeal batter in 8 x 8 greased dish.
  5. Place apple slices on top of oatmeal batter.
  6. Place dish in the oven and bake 55-60 minutes.
  7. Top warm baked oatmeal with nut butter, Greek yogurt or fresh fruit as desired.

I’m linking up with Meatless Monday and Foodie Friday.

What’s your favorite oatmeal topping?

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What’s for Dinner? {Week of September 25}

Wondering What's for Dinner Here's 7 days of meal ideas for the whole family to enjoy.  happyfitmama.com

Saturday I did my last long run before next weekend’s Leaf Peepers Half Marathon. I was thinking about it while on the run and starting to get anxious. It’s been two years since I ran a half. I’m not sure how to do that anymore! Scratch that – I’m not sure how to race anymore since it’s been so long. I’m trying to let go of expectations. I’m nowhere near half marathon racing shape and my training plan…well, it hasn’t been completely stellar. BUT, I will put in a solid effort AND I will have fun. Especially since it will cap off the Rise.Run.Retreat weekend. I can’t believe that in four days, I’ll be in Vermont with the girls. So flippin’ excited!

As luck would have it, I received a copy of the new Run Fast. Eat Slow. cookbook on Friday. Guess what’s for dinner this week? If you guessed recipes from the book, you would be absolutely freakin’ right. Every single recipe is drool worthy.

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How did Shalane and Elyse know exactly what I liked to eat?

If the recipes are anything like the Superhero Muffins(favorite of the kids and I!), than this cookbook will become a weekly staple.

Since I’ll be gone Thursday – Sunday, Ron and the kids will be on their own for meals. I don’t even bother planning or leaving them dishes that can be reheated while I’m gone. If I know Ron, he’s going to wing every single night. And I’m sure there will be probably be a couple (or more) of dinners out.

What’s for Dinner this week?

Sunday: Wild Salmon Sweet Potato Cakes + Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Monday: Soba Noodle Salad with Runner’s High Peanut Sauce

Tuesday: Roasted Chicken with Root Lovers’ Winter Salad

Wednesday: High-Altitude Bison Meatballs with Simple Marinara (My son requested this after seeing the picture. Fingers crossed it’s a winner!)

Thursday: Rise.Run.Retreat

Friday: Rise.Run.Retreat

Saturday: Rise.Run.Retreat

Have you tried any recipes from Run Fast. Eat Slow?

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

Ahhhhh. It feels so good to have Friday here again. Did it seem like a really long week to anyone else? I’m more than ready for the weekend. I’ll even have some extra time on my hands since I’m officially tapering for the Leaf Peepers Half next weekend. Maybe I’ll actually be able to squeeze in my favorite Sunday yoga class? It’s been way too long since I got to play with fun inversions.

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram. Are you following me? Please do!

Sunrise | happyfitmama.com

Fire in the sky on an early morning run. I had no idea the sky looked like this until I came around a corner and saw the sky light up in a brilliant orange. So beautiful!

Yoga is Love Mug | happyfitmama.com

How cute is this mug? My friend Heather posted a similar one on Insta and I fell in love with it. I got mine from T.J. Max but there’s a ton on Amazon too. I wish they made running mugs!

prAna Fall Style | happyfitmama.com

I love summer and the warm temps we are enjoying still but…I’m secretly hoping for cooler temps just to be able to wear this outfit from prAna. The Kara Jean and Lucia Sweater will be my staple for the next 6 (or more) months. Start shopping and get 15% off your prAna.com order with code PFS16HFM at checkout!

Leftovers for lunch | happyfitmama.com

Who likes leftovers for lunch? This girl! Especially when it’s loaded with fresh from the garden tomatoes, avocado and zoodles with leftover roasted chicken. Yummmmmm!

Sunrise run at the track | happyfitmama.com

Sunrise at the track. I was so not in the mood for a track workout this week. I did an extra long warm up before getting there in hopes that I’d feel better about it. I didn’t. But I did it anyway. The good thing about it? Being done. Although that’s my thoughts on most track workouts.

5 Things

Mountains for Breakfast – There are so many good pieces in this article but this one stands out to me -> Because I am a mother runner – “I am part of a Tribe of women who set out in pre-dawn or post-practice hours to push their own limits all while they keep other human beings alive, loved, and thriving. But also, because I am brave enough. And strong enough. And tough enough. Because *I am enough*”.

Are You Safe on the Run? – With the murders of three runners last month, running safety has been on the fore front of everyone’s mind. I’ve been leery to run alone in the early morning. I’m even bringing mace with me on broad daylight runs (which I never used to do). Sarah shares great tips that she learned at a running safety event. I’ve made some of the switches already.  You should too!

How Do You Define Athlete? – I’ve run across this a few times. I’ve even thought it towards myself. If I’m a runner, am I an athlete? What makes an athlete? Someone who places in their age group or wins prizes at races? To me, it’s someone who trains hard towards a goal (any goal!) and competes against others or themselves. What do you think?

The Complete List of Lewd Sounding Town Names in America – For all those who love 13 year old boy humor (like me!). I grew up near Spread Eagle, Wisconsin and giggled each time I said it.

Becoming a Real Runner – We all started somewhere. Amanda’s story of her hill reminded me of my own hill. It was the hill that I’d always give myself permission to take a walk break up whenever I was out on a run. Over time, that hill became just another hill that I would run up. I laugh now because it doesn’t even seem like that big of a hill now. It reminds me of the saying – Running is never easy. You just become stronger.

What would you like to High Five today?

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