In the past oatmeal was debated as a gluten free grain. Today it has gained the green light. As long as the celiac disease is under control gluten free oats may be added in your diet gradually. If you have concerns please consult your physician. Be sure all ingredients are gluten free. Even if you don’t have a need to eat gluten free this is a great recipe that you and your family will love this winter as a healthy breakfast item.
This fruity delicious oatmeal is great made ahead, packaged in single serving sizes and stored in the refrigerator for the week. I have even frozen it to use later. It is tasty when served with a little maple syrup and some almond milk or almond coconut milk. Other options include adding 2-3 T. of natural peanut or almond butter to the batter before baking, using dried blueberries, or cranberries is also good. You can always change the nuts if you don’t care for walnuts, add in any nut or leave it out. Pears may also be used in place of the apples. Send me a not if you find another variation you and your family enjoy. (Of course some mini-dark chocolate chips would be good!) Just pop in the microwave and you have a healthy breakfast for you and the family.
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½ cup raisins or other dried fruit
1-1/2 c. boiling water
2 c. gluten free old fashioned oats (not instant)
1/3 c. packed brown sugar (substitute: raw sugar or coconut sugar)*
1 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 t. vanilla
¼ t. sea salt
1-1/4 c. milk (fat free soy, almond or almond coconut)
1 medium apple peeled and finely chopped. (I like to leave the skin on and use the grater to grate the apple.)
2 T. butter or coconut oil melted
¼ c. chopped walnuts (or nut of your choice)
Place raisins in a small bowl. Cover with the boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, sugar, spice, vanilla and salt. Stir in the milk, apple and butter or oil. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Drain the raisins and put into the mixture
Transfer to an 8 in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with walnuts.
Bake uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
*To use stevia read the label for the amount to substitute. It is much sweeter than regular sugar. You can also use ¼ c. maple syrup as the sweetener or ¼ c. raw honey.