AppleOatie Recipe

Fall in the Pacific Northwest means that apples and fresh local cranberries are easy to come by, and I wanted to come up with a recipe that would use these ingredients in a simple, quick & easy way. I also wanted something nice and tart, which could be easily made as a single serving dish. The recipe I arrived at is an apple-cranberry crumble of sorts, with the oat topping reminiscent of a soft, crumbly oatmeal cookie.

makes 1-2 servings

Ingredients

1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup oat flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tbsp olive oil

1 Gala apple, chopped
1/2 to 2/3 cup fresh cranberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl. Stir in maple syrup and olive oil. The mixture should form a loose clump (add a small amount of liquid if it seems too dry and does not hold together well). Chop apple into 1″ pieces. Place apple pieces and cranberries in an 8″ square baking dish. Pile oat mixture on top, and press to form a low mound over the fruit. Bake for 15 minutes (or until apple pieces are at desired tenderness and the cranberries have popped).

Substitutions:

You can substitute oat flour with another flour of your choice. You can also try different apples varieties, such as honeycrisp or braeburn. Just make sure it is a variety suitable for baking and not too tart (the cranberries will give you plenty of that!). Avoid varieties like granny smith (too tart) and red delicious (don’t bake very well).

Happiness

I don’t know what happiness is … but I imagine it looks something like this:

one extra-large happy monkey bowl of mochi … to counteract the effects of an extra-bad day

What makes mochi in this form so amazing is that it hits every possible craving … sweet, salty, rich & tasty, crispy-crunchy and ooey-gooey … all in one magical food. (I suppose some people have other food cravings that I haven’t mentioned … but these are probably icky things I don’t eat, and I won’t taint this lovely moment by referencing them here)