That sweet pink applesauce though

My pantry, fridge and freezer are all packed with apple in it’s every single form at the moment: whole apples, applesauce, chopped apples…all thanks to my kind grandmother from whose garden everything came from. The apples growing in her garden are of a Finnish variety called “Kaneli”, which means cinnamon. They are sweet, tart, juicy, delicious & bright red and can be turned into a beautiful hot pink coloured applesauce like she did. Homemade applesauce is super easy to prepare and can be added to various bread, oatmeal, muffin or pancake recipes to give them texture and flavour – in some recipes, applesauce is even used as a healthier substitution for butter. My grandmother’s applesauce is made simply by cooking the apples with water in a casserole until soft and then puréeing them with a hand blender: it is 100% pure and doesn’t have any spices or sweeteners added. Besides creating recipes with this sauce, I like to have it alone with yogurt and muesli or with some nut butter on top of rye bread.

The first recipe with the sauce that I could think of was very un-surprisingly an easy oatmeal and since it was weekend, I decided to make a baked version. I used cinnamon as the only spice and didn’t add extra sweeteners because I wanted to keep everything very simple in order not to cover the lovely taste of that freshly homemade applesauce. If you don’t have or want to make your own applesauce, store-bought unsweetened applesauce would work fine with this oatmeal as well, just try to find one made with similar kind of sweet-tart apples.

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Baked apple cinnamon oatmeal

What you will need:

1 small sweet-tart apple or 1/2 medium one

1/2dl oat flakes

1/2dl rye flakes

1dl oat milk

1dl applesauce (I use sweet but unsweetened homemade)

1tbsp ground flaxseed

1tsp cinnamon

Preferred toppings:

berries, currants, crushed almonds

How to do it?

  • Pre-heat your oven to 175c.
  • Combine your dry ingredients together in a bowl. Chop your apple into small bites and add them to the dry ingredients.
  • Pour the apple/oatmeal mixture in an oven-safe bowl.
  • Separately, mix your oat milk and applesauce, then pour the liquid over your dry mixture. Make sure that there’s enough liquid to reach the bottom of your bowl.
  • Bake for around 20 minutes until the oatmeal starts to look cooked and you can smell the baking apples and cinnamon.
  • Enjoy with your favourite toppings!

xx a

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