Hello Friends and Welcome to Monday Munchies. First off, Happy Martin Luther King Day. Yes, it is a holiday. You don’t get the day off for nothing. And second, If you have ever read my About Me page (or have scrolled down long enough on my home page) you will know I like to cook and bake and eat. Boy do I love to eat. The smell of food just makes me happy. Except if it’s mushrooms. I hate the smell of mushrooms. Anywho, because of this (my love of cooking and baking, not my hatred of mushrooms), every Monday I will post a little something new I have tried to cook, and this week it is maple-cinnamon apple and pear baked oatmeal that I got from the Oh She Glows cookbook. I recently checked it out from the library and found so many that I wanted to try, which for the coming Monday Munchies I will be trying a few recipes out of it. This is my first attempt with this particular recipe and the outcome was less than disastrous, which I am happy about.
I have never had baked oatmeal before but I found I quite liked it. It was a little mushy (but that is probably because of the type of oatmeal I used, which was not the one recommended in the recipe, but I’ll get to that later) and thick. It kind of tasted like cake, and my family loved it. It was gone in nearly an instant and I doubled the recipe.
I must say, though, the weather was less than ideal. It was freezing in a very Southern California way and a lot darker than I like it. Which made for taking pictures of my little experiment less than ideal, so forgive me.
Today’s Monday Munchies Song:
The Little Daylight remix version of Sweater Weather by the Neighbourhood, spelt ever so British-ly.
Like I mentioned earlier, I did use different ingredients than what was said in the book, but before you scold me, just let me say it was not my fault. I could not find what I was looking for.
Actually, looking at it now, there actually wasn’t that much of a difference. Instead of gluten-free rolled oats I used gluten-ful old-fashioned Quaker oats and instead of walnuts (sister has a nut allergy), I used almonds. Also, instead of green Anjou pears (which my Costco did not have at the time) I used Bosc pears which I thought would make it mushy, but it actually had the opposite affect, they were one of the only firm things after the oatmeal was baked.
Also, I used half coconut sugar half brown sugar because she gave me the option of using either one and I had both and I couldn’t choose. Man, I’m so good at this.
And in my rush to finish before what little light I had disappeared, I had a few fudge-ups in the process. Like, I completely forgot to peel the apples and pears. It wasn’t until I had finished baking did I realize this, so total fail. Also, I think I let the oatmeal and milk mixture sit to long, because the oats actually started soak it up.
One thing that was hilariously annoying, is the fact that my little sister was “helping me” during this entire debacle. She had me mixing things I wasn’t supposed to mix, or mixing things too much. And then I had the worst time trying to open the applesauce from Trader Joes AKA the Applesauce of Death. All of us tried opening the darn thing up, but it never worked. I think It laughed at me while I was trying because it would squeak, but then never really be moving. That had to be one of the most tedious things ever because I had to dial back the urge to slam it on the counter, though it probably wouldn’t have worked anyways because I’m pretty sure the thing was indestructible. I felt like SpongeBob trying to open a bottle of ketchup but not even running it under warm water helped. *sigh* Then, my brilliant younger sister realized that it had a plastic seal on it. OH. MY. GAHD. It had a seal on it. I can’t even. The darn thing didn’t even bend! I had no way of knowing! Gahh! I don’t even… Never mind. Despite that everything ended up turning out pretty well.
Like a thick, not-too-sweet oatmeal cake. I’ll be trying something new for next Monday. If you try this recipe, tell me in the comment section below! 🙂 Until next time. Sage Out.