For some strange reason, I was awake at 4a.m. on Sunday (as in, I had long ago gone to sleep and re-awoken…not that I was still awake 🙂 ) I lay in bed, tossing and turning and thinking. What was I thinking about?
In my delirious state, I thought up what I wanted to make for breakfast, and almost got up to make it at 4a.m. Luckily, I eventually fell back to sleep for a few hours, and got to work on my dreamt-up breakfast once I got up.
Although it’s Spring, I enjoyed the Fall flavors of this recipe: apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple. I have quite a sweet tooth when it comes to breakfast food, and this treat satisfied that without being too heavy or too sweet.
For the crust:
1 and 1/2 cups of Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 cup of chopped almonds
5 Tbsp. oil (I used olive oil)
1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
For the topping:
2 apples,thinly sliced (I used Gala)
2 cups water
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pure maple syrup
For the Streusel:
2 Tbsp. butter, or vegan buttery sticks, like Earth Balance
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
Enough flour to make the mixture crumbly, about 5 Tbsp.
First: Preheat the oven to 325. While the oven preheats, mix the ingredients for the crust. Press firmly into a lightly greased 9 inch pie pan. The more firmly you press this mixture, the more it will resemble a pie crust in the end, instead of a crumble. Your choice! When the oven is ready, put the crust in and bake, checking at 15 minute increments until it is as crispy as you want it. A crispier crust will be more like a pie in the end. I baked mine for 25 minutes; I based this recipe off of a recipe found here, and she recommended 15 minutes of baking time. My crust was nowhere near crispy enough after 15 minutes, even for a crumble. This may also have been because she used butter and I used olive oil.
Second: While the crust bakes, slice the apples. Boil 1/2 cup water in a skillet, add apples, spices, and maple syrup. Cover and reduce to simmer. Keep a close watch as the water runs out, and add more as needed until the apples are soft.
Third: While the apples cook, mix the ingredients for the streusel. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes.
Fourth: Once the crust is done, top with apples and streusel. Serve warm and enjoy!