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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Oat Crunch with Applesauce


Oat Crunch with Applesauce is a quick breakfast that can easily be put together the night before.  The toasted oats are similar to a simple granola and are nice and crunchy against the soft applesauce.  The oat mixture stores well in a covered jar or container for convenient use.

You may use any applesauce that you like--homemade or purchased, sweetened or unsweetened.  We always have applesauce on hand because Don's mother has a huge apple tree loaded with fruit and each year I make tons of applesauce. 

This not only makes a nice breakfast but makes a delicious and nutritious snack or light meal at other times of the day as well.
 
Although there were no spices in the original recipe, a few shakes of cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg wouldn't go astray.  To make this a vegan breakfast option, use a vegan margarine in place of the butter.

Oat Crunch withApplesauce
¼ cup butter (or vegan margarine)
3 cups uncooked quick rolled oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc.)
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, to taste, optional
Applesauce

Optional Toppings:
Yogurt
Milk
Cream

Melt butter in frying pan over medium low heat.  Add rolled oats.  Toast oats over medium heat, stirring constantly until golden brown.  This will take about 15 minutes.  Stir in brown sugar and chopped nuts, stirring until well combined.  Remove pan from heat.  When cold, store in covered container. 

Serve by placing 2 heaping tablespoons of Oat Crunch in each bowl.  Add the applesauce on top and finish with another layer of Oat Crunch. 

The Oat Crunch with Applesauce can be served with yogurt or a little cream dribbled over the top.  Makes about 6-8 servings.


Melt the butter over medium low heat.  Chop the nuts, measure the brown sugar and oats.  Stir the oats into the butter and keep stirring until lightly toasted and fragrant.  Have the brown sugar and nuts ready to stir in.


When the oats are toasted stir in the brown sugar and nuts.  Stir well to combine and remove from the heat.

 Golden and crunchy.

 Ready to be served for a delicious and nutritious breakfast.

I topped my Oat Crunch with a dribble of cream, mmmmm.....  
Yogurt or milk is equally as delicious.

Sweet with applesauce and crunchy with oats and nuts.


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