It was bound to happen; apple pie in all forms had been manifesting everywhere. First a salted maple, apple, and pecan oatmeal was featured on The Oatmeal Artist’s blog. Then I had an amazing apple pie for dessert to end a sumptuous feast at a relative’s house last night. It was a no-holds-barred apple pie: a buttery flaky pastry base, tart cinnamony apples and a sugary crispy crust. To continue the apple pie saga, I was greeted by the cutest interpretation of apple pie oatmeal by Brittany, as I checked Instagram just before I turned in for the night (she was recently featured on The Oatmeal Artist’s blog too). You can’t fault me if I dreamt of apples, pies and apple pie. This morning that was turned into reality.
However instead of the usual applesauce-based apple pie oatmeal, I did a twist using a zesty orange-passionfruit-banana sauce which I adapted from here. The original recipe was meant to be a sorbet, but I left it in the refrigerator instead of the freezer, and it turned out the consistency of applesauce, so I thought it would be a fun substitute.
It definitely was. The citrusy notes from the orange and passionfruit added a unique, refreshing dimension to the classic cinnamon apple pie flavour we are all so familiar with. Here’s to apple pie! Excuse my amateurish attempt at being artistic. If you can make it out, it’s actually maple almond butter drizzled in the shape of an apple and filled with baked apple pieces.
- ½ apple, chopped (I used Jazz)
- 2 tablespoons orange passionfruit sauce (see below; can use applesauce)
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of pumpkin pie spice (optional)
- ⅛ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup steel cut oats
- ¼ tsp chia seeds (optional)
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk (soy, almond, rice, coconut)
- ½ scoop protein powder (optional)
- Nut butter to drizzle (I used Maranatha maple almond butter)
- ½ large orange, peeled
- ½ passionfruit
- ½ banana, sliced
- Remove veins and pith from orange and cut into segments. Blend orange until very smooth.
- Blend orange puree together with passionfruit and banana.
- Chill in refrigerator to thicken (you may also freeze it to make a sorbet).
- Preheat oven to 375°F/180°C. In a small oven-proof casserole or ramekin, mix chopped apple pieces with orange passionfruit sauce, spices and vanilla extract. Bake for 12 minutes until slightly softened.
- Meanwhile as the apple is being baked, prepare oatmeal. Bring oats, chia seeds and water to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until thickened, add milk and simmer another 5-10 minutes more.
- Note:the apple should have finished baking before the oatmeal is done; if not turn off heat and let the oats stand.
- Mix the baked apples and protein powder (if using) into the oatmeal. Pour everything into a small oven-proof casserole and bake for another 10 minutes to achieve a crispy “pie crust.”
- Top with nut butter of choice.
P.S. I tried a new Japanese brand of organic soy milk today called Meiraku, which I bought from Isetan supermarket. It claims to contain at least 10% soy beans (if I read the Japanese label correctly) and boasted a super beany and creamy taste! I’ve been using Silk or Pacific for years, but I may have uncovered a new gem!
P.S.S. I’ve got a job interview for Medical Technologist at a local hospital tomorrow. Super nervous and excited!