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Cozy Apple Spice Baked Oatmeal with Maple Cream

Apple spice baked oatmeal is an easy and cozy breakfast. Maple cashew cream drizzled on top and a hawaij spice blend make it special. Great for making ahead!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword 10 ingredients, all seasons, apples, cardamom, cashew butter, cinnamon, cloves, coconut oil, fall, ground flaxseed, ground ginger, hazelnut, lemon, maple syrup, non-dairy milk, nutmeg, oatmeal, oats, pecans, winter
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6


Hawaij (makes extra!):

  • 2 tablespoons ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Baked Oatmeal

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, plus extra
  • 1 large apple, peeled and cored
  • 1 teaspoon hawaij spice blend, divided
  • ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup, divided
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups rolled oats (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • cups non-dairy milk (I used a mix of coconut and almond
  • 1 cup nuts or seeds of choice, toasted and chopped (I used pecans and hazelnuts)

Maple Cream

  • 2 tablespoons raw cashew butter
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon non-dairy milk
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • drop vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice (optional)


  • Make the hawaij: In a small jar, stir together the cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Grease an 8-9 inch ovenproof dish with coconut oil. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Assemble the oatmeal: Combine the ground flax seed and water in a small bowl. Stir to mix thoroughly, and then set aside to gel. Cut the cored apple into 1/4-inch thin slices. Then, cut each of those slices in half widthwise.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the apples to the pan. Let them sit for 2 minutes while they sizzle. Stir them around a bit, and sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon of the hawaij spice mix. Stir to combine. Once the apples seem lightly softened on the outside, stir in 1 teaspoon of the maple syrup and the lemon juice. Remove the apples from the heat and allow them to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, baking powder, salt, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of hawaij. Stir to combine. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the flax gel, non-dairy milk, and remaining 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Spread out half of the oat mixture in the oiled dish. Arrange half of the sautéed apples and half of the chopped nuts on top of the oats. Repeat these layers with the remaining oat mixture, apples, and nuts.
  • Slowly pour the milk mixture over the oats. Give the dish a tap to settle the contents. Dot the top of the oatmeal with little pieces of coconut oil if you like. Slide the oatmeal into the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the top of the oatmeal is golden brown and all of the liquid is absorbed.
  • While the oatmeal bakes, make the maple cream. In a medium bowl, vigorously whisk together the cashew butter, maple syrup, non-dairy milk, salt, vanilla, and lemon, if using. If the mixture seems too thick to drizzle, add more non-dairy milk by the teaspoon. Once totally smooth and pourable, you're good.
  • Serve the apple spice baked oatmeal hot with maple cream and extra maple syrup if you like.


  • Hawaij for Coffee recipe re-printed with permission of the author, via Molly on the Range
  • Baked oatmeal technique is very lightly adapted from Yossy Arefi's Baked Blueberry Oatmeal, which is adapted from Heidi Swanson's recipe in Super Natural Every Day.
  • Since I made this to have leftovers essentially, I only sautéed the one apple and mixed it into the oatmeal itself. If I was serving this whole pan to people in real time, I'd sauté 2 apples instead of one, reserving half of them for serving with the finished oatmeal. Ditto for the maple cream!
  • Last thing: I don’t have a microwave, so when I re-heat portions of this, I just do it in a saucepan with a big splash of non-dairy milk, stirring it up until it’s hot.