• Christina Iaboni

California Prune, Apple, and Walnut Baked Oatmeal

Updated: Feb 11

Disclaimer: This post was developed in partnership with California Prunes, however, all opinions, as always are genuine.

Baked oatmeal is one of my favourite breakfasts, especially in the winter because it is so warm and hearty. I have made many versions but this one has become one of my favourites; it is a good source of fibre and calcium and gets most of its sweetness from the natural sugars in California Prunes and apple. I usually make baked oatmeal on Sunday and reheat it on weekdays for a quick breakfast.

I have included California Prunes as a staple in my diet for years because they are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Most of us know that they are great for digestive health, just one serving of 5 to 6 California Prunes has 3 grams of fibre! Prunes also contain sorbitol, which is a naturally occurring sugar that doesn’t get completely digested. It ends up being fermented by bacteria in our gut which help promote regular bowel movements.

California Prunes are also good for bone health. When we think of bone health, most of us think immediately of calcium and Vitamin D, but other nutrients influence bone health as well, including boron, potassium, and Vitamin K, all of which are found in prunes. Low levels of Vitamin K have been linked with low bone density and increased potassium intake from fruits and vegetables is associated with increased bone density. Boron is a mineral not often talked about but it helps our body use other nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D. California Prune, Apple, and Walnut Baked Oatmeal Ingredients:

2 cups old fashioned/large flake oats 2 cups of milk (any type works, dairy or non-dairy) 1 tsp cinnamon ½ cup pitted, chopped, California Prunes 1 apple, diced into small pieces ¼ cup chopped walnuts 2 tbsp maple syrup

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease an 8x8 baking pan 2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, mix well 3. Pour the oatmeal mixture into the pan and bake until set, about 30-35mins. 4. Serve warm or reheat leftovers in the microwave for an easy weekday breakfast. Top with more milk of your choice.

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