A warm hug in the morning, this baked oatmeal recipe, chock-full of apples, walnuts, cinnamon and chia seeds, is a nourishing start to a cold winter morning. This version skips the eggs and dairy to make it fully vegan, so everyone can enjoy it. Serve with additional nut milk or coconut yogurt, along with your favourite fresh fruit and endless hot coffee.
Bake this recipe ahead of time and warm in a low oven or microwave until heated through, or enjoy cold.
Preheat oven to 350ºF
In a large bowl, mix to combine oats, walnuts, sugar, chia, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
For the topping, take out 1/2 cup of oat mixture and transfer to a small bowl, then cut in coconut oil until combined and resembling an apple crumble crust.
Stir apples into large bowl of oat mixture (not crumble topping), followed by milk and vanilla.
Grease an 8×8-inch or medium casserole dish with a bit of additional coconut oil, then carefully transfer oat and apple mixture to dish. Crumble over topping and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until dry to the touch and beginning to brown on top. Serve warm.