If I had to pick a favourite fruit, apples would definitely be up there. They have to be crisp, juicy, not too sweet or too tart, and mostly red with a green twinge. I eat at least one a day; as it is, chopped up and added to a big bowl of yogurt and berries, sliced and smothered in peanut butter (because that’s one of the BEST combos) or baked into a crumble. The list is endless…
So when Great British Apples got in touch about being involved in their #GoodnessToGo campaign, aiming to champion the many ways in which you can use apples to highlight their versatility, this seemed like a match made in heaven. And who could resist this wonderful delivery?!
Why are Great British apples so good?
- We’ve got perfect weather. Not too hot. Not too cold. And just the right amount of rain. This allows our apples to grow slowly, producing a delicious taste and crunchy texture every time.
- Let’s not forget that taste and flavour differs between varieties – but that’s just one of the reasons why our apples are unique. There’s a Great British apple for everyone.
- And if all of this wasn’t enough, when you eat a Great British apple, you know it’s been sourced locally. From the grower to you, with minimum fuss. This means the best taste. And it’s good for the planet too.
One of my favourite things to have for breakfast is baked oats – just throw in whatever fruits, spices, nuts or dried fruit you have in your cupboard to jazz it up. This recipe is packed with Great British Apples, teamed with the classic raisins and cinnamon for a hearty, warming dish. The best thing is you can eat this hot or cold, at any time in the day – it’s packed with slow-release energy and fibre to keep you going!
- 2 Gala or Braeburn apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 150g rolled or jumbo oats (can be gluten-free – I used Flahavan’s)
- 4 tablespoons coconut sugar (I used Cocofina)
- 2 tablespoons flaxseeds (I used Linwoods Chia & Cinnamon)
- 50g raisins
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg, beaten
- 350ml almond milk (I used Almond Breeze)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Gala or Braeburn apple, peeled and sliced
- First place the chopped apples in a small pan with a few tablespoons of water and simmer for 10-15 minutes until softened then mash gently.
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C and grease and line an ovenproof dish. Mix together the oats, flaxseeds, coconut sugar, raisins, cinnamon in a bowl.
- Whisk together the egg, milk and vanilla then pour into the bowl along with the cooked mashed apples and mix well to combine. Spoon into the prepared dish then place the sliced apples on top. Bake for 25 minutes until golden and firmed up. Serve hot or cold – delicious either way!