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Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

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

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!


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.

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.

Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal
  • 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
  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?




Meal Planning Tips and Tidbits

Get on the meal planning train with these 4 tips and tidbits for finding recipe inspiration for healthy dinners all week.

Hey there!

I hope you enjoyed the long holiday weekend. I know we sure did! How can you not, right?

I took a little blog holiday over the weekend so I didn’t share my weekly meal planning post. As I was putting it together, I thought I’d share some tips and tidbits that I’ve picked up over the years of planning.

Prior to kids, I rarely ever meal planned. I’d find recipes from cook books or magazines and make them whenever I felt like it. I rarely planned out the meals before I grocery shopped for the week. Don’t have the ingredients for a certain dish? It was no big deal to run to the grocery store to pick it up on a whim.

After the kids’ were born, I still didn’t meal plan. Winging it was all the time I felt I had for food. If I wasn’t trying to feed myself, I was trying to feed two other mouths. And then clean up those two mouths. Which rarely got said food only in mouth.

eating with kids

But then around their one year birthday, I realized that winging it wasn’t going to work anymore. My free time was spent feverishly cleaning the house or doing whatever else I could cram into nap time. And with the magical witching hour always landing around dinner time, I couldn’t afford to be spending more than 20-30 minutes preparing food.


That’s also about the time I started reading food blogs. I began to find new easy, healthy recipes. I can’t remember exactly what blog it was, but the concept of meal planning was mentioned and I knew I needed to try it.

Since then, I’ve been on the meal planning train. It definitely helps a ton in grocery shopping and not living on eggs, toast and avocado every single night. Although I do really enjoy those types of dinners too.

kale blueberry superfood salad 3

I let my meal planning slide a bit during the summer but I committing to it once again with the new school year. With kid’s sports and other evening activities going on each week, it’s essential to have a plan.

Here are 4 meal planning tips and tidbits that I use each week.


By far, my biggest source of meal planning inspiration is from Pinterest. Consulting my Crock Pot Recipe, Easy Dinners, Healthy Snacks, or Clean Eating Recipe Boards always gives me ideas. The genius behind the alogorithm of Pinterest knows what I like. I can go on there anytime and find recipes that I like.


If Pinterest is my first stop, it’s because I pin a TON of recipes off of blogs every week. When you are a blogger who loves reading blogs, you find recipes everywhere. Here’s some of my favorite food blogs to follow for delicious recipes.

Family Favorites

I don’t always feel like following a recipe. Sometimes I want to wing it. Maybe it’s making a simple stir fry, Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls, Crockpot Veggie Chili or Brinner, family favorites that are quick and easy always happen at least once a week even if I did have something planned.

A great recipe for a healthy version of a favorite take out food - Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls


I laughed when my mom sent me a subscription to Good Housekeeping Magazine. Isn’t that an old lady magazine? I was pleasantly surprised to find really good recipes (and home tips!). It’s not as old lady-ish as I remembered. Or it’s just because I have become an old lady who enjoys Good Housekeeping.

Runner’s World and Women’s Running are two of my other favorite magazines for recipes. They know what runner’s want!

When I find a recipe that looks good, I’ll rip it out and stick it in a binder I have full of recipes. I was looking at my recipe binder for this week’s meal plan and laughed at one recipe in there – Cooking Light circa 2006. There’s mention of margarine. Does anyone use margarine anymore? If so, please don’t!


Here’s what’s for dinner this week at my house:

Sunday: Make your own pizza night

Monday: Cook out

Tuesday: Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

Wednesday: Crockpot Black Bean Quinoa Soup

Thursday: Homemade Pizza Bowls

Friday: Take out

Saturday: Grilled Honey Chiptole Salmon + veggies

Where do you get your meal planning inspiration?

Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Dip

Stonyfield and Justin's

This is a sponsored post from Stonyfield. All thoughts, as always, are my own.

I looked at the calendar last week and was bewildered why there was only 2 weeks left of summer vacation before my kids go back to school.

Wait. What?

We haven’t done nearly half of what I wanted to get accomplished in our 8 short weeks of summer vacation.

I’m dragging my feet in accepting that summer is almost over. Sure it will be nice to get back into the routine of things but I’ll miss the lackadaisical feel of summer. It’s a whatever goes feeling.

Back to school time means it’s back to lunch packing time. Well, not really, for us. I haven’t stopped all summer. My kids brought a lunch everyday to camp. My son still isn’t into sandwiches so I make my Easy Morning Glory Muffins or Blueberry Zucchini Muffins for him to munch on. But it gets really boring for the kids and me to have the same ol’ thing every single day. I’m always looking for new things to jazz it up a bit.

STonyfield, Justins

Our friends at Stonyfield just sent us a PackIt freezable lunch bag and a yummy assortment of Justin’s, perfect for our back to school lunch and snack needs.

As you know, we are huge Stonyfield fans at my house. One thing that is standard in both of my kids lunch bags is some form of Stonyfield yogurt. Squeezers are a favorite especially because you can freeze it and it’s still cold by the time lunch rolls around.

The Justin’s pretzel stick snack pack is amazing. The kids (ok, me too!) loved dipping the pretzel sticks into the chocolate hazelnut spread. The pretzels are the perfect vehicle for delivering the delicious combo of chocolate and hazelnut.

PackIT LunchBag happyfitmama.comAnd now that we have a PackIt lunch bag, everything will stay cold even longer. How cool is it that you freeze the whole bag? Maybe I’ll let one of the kids use the bag. But really? I’m keeping it for myself. Shhhh! Don’t tell on me!

The single serve packets of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and Honey Peanut Butter are perfect for on the go snacking. Those little packets of gold have saved me quite a few times when in a pinch. They were the best thing ever when eaten at 2 a.m. prior to running my leg of Reach the Beach. They are also perfect for pre-run fuel in the early morning or when traveling for a race.

This simple dip mixture is perfect for after school snacking. Packed with protein from the whole milk Greek yogurt and nut butter, it’s the perfect vehicle for fruit, pretzels or graham crackers. Or you can totally just eat it by the spoonful. Whatever works for you!

Try this Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Dip for a quick and healthy snack packed with protein.

Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Dip
  • 1 Cup Stonyfield Whole Milk Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1-2 packets of Justin's Honey Peanut Butter (or nut/seed butter of your choice)
  1. Place ingredients in bowl.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Enjoy with fresh sliced fruit, pretzels or graham crackers. Or eat it with a spoon!

Looking for more back to school lunch ideas? Find it HERE.

Linking up with Meatless Monday.

What do your kids like to see in their lunchbox?