I can hardly believe it but fall is upon us again. Here in the Poconos the leaves are beginning to change shades, and the subtle signs of seasons transitions are definitely becoming obvious. In no time kids will be back to school and families will be falling back into their school year routines.
Although as homeschoolers, we do school work all year long, we could use a bit of sensibility and routine back into our lives. For my family, this time of year is always an opportunity for us to regroup, refresh and set the next years pace. This fresh apple crisp is great for lazy mornings and busy mornings alike, it can be squeezed into just about any schedule and it does not lack in flavor like many wicked fast meals.
This maple sweetened crisp is great for brunch or even an afternoon snack and unlike the often cloying sweet apple goodies, this is a lot less heavy. This baked apple and oatmeal hot dish is nutty and light, much like oatmeal or granola and like many of my favorite recipes, it’s stupid easy to whip up. (that’s really good considering how fast my boys eat through things) Did I mention how easy it is? It’s easy. I like easy.
Maple-Sweetened Breakfast Crisp
This wonderful apple crisp can be served layered with yogurt for breakfast parfaits, you can serve it with your favorite milk for the best hot morning cereal, or you could even serve it hot . . . a la’ mode. My boys like it with creamy whole milk and a few raisins or dried cranberries. If you happen to have leftovers, they are great to freeze in individual portions. You can use peaches, pears, apples or whatever you have on hand.
- Peeled and sliced fruit. You’ll want enough to fill a 9″ x 13″ pan
- 2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup or Sucanat
- 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Butter, Melted
- 4 Cups Oats (rolled, old fashioned, quick cooking etc.)
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
- orange juice or lemon juice (and some zest, optional)
- Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Toss peeled and sliced apples into the baking dish and mix together with maple syrup and cinnamon.
- In a medium-large bowl combine topping ingredients.
- Sprinkle oat mixture onto the apples.
- Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until golden brown.
This casserole is perfect for pot lucks, you can serve it as a dessert, brunch or snack.
For Dairy-Free/Vegan Crisp Substitute coconut oil for the butter.