Let’s face it–cereal is no longer part of a complete breakfast. It’s loaded with sugar and more processed ingredients then I can count. And in full disclosure, cereal is by far my favorite food group, next to bagels. So, now what? We know fruit makes an excellent breakfast addition, but unless you’re gluten-free or raw, it may not occur to you just how easy it is to make fruit a hearty and healthy breakfast meal. I cannot stress, how easy this Berry Apple Bake is to make.
It’s a wonderful option for house guests, for weekday breakfast meals on the go, or a delicious after-school snack. Honestly, all it requires is chopping a few apples. If that is too much work for you, then I’m at a loss!
This recipe is adapted from Joe Cross and is part of his 15 day Reboot. The Beau and I love this Berry Apple Bake so much, it’s now a part of our regular daily menu. I’ve added a few walnuts and pecans for an extra crunch.
You can use fresh berries, but since they are out of season, I just keep a couple of bags of frozen organic mixed berries on hand. Plus, I prefer to eat my fresh berries raw, so I always make this recipe with frozen mixed berries instead. Super easy to find at any grocery store, especially Trader Joes.
The Beau loves apples, and I always keep a bag of unsulphured organic raisins on hand for my Superfood Salad recipe, which is another staple in our daily menu. Therefore, as long as I have some frozen mixed berries on hand, I know breakfast is just a quick oven bake away.
You can easily make this recipe in advance. I often make it on Sunday then store it in glass storage containers so The Beau can take his serving to work the next day. He just heats it up at his office for a delicious, warm and home cooked meal first thing in the morning. This recipe will last 2-3 days so I generally won’t think about breakfast again until Wednesday!
- Coconut oil
- 2 c. of fresh organic berries, or 1 bag of frozen organic berries
- 4 organic apples, cored and chopped
- 4 tbsp organic raisins, unsulphured if available
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ c. chopped pecans (or walnuts or almonds)
- Preheat an oven to 375 degrees.
- Lightly coat a baking dish or cast iron skillet with coconut oil.
- Place the berries, apples and spices in the prepared dish. Toss to evenly distribute.
- Sprinkle on top with the pecans and cover with foil.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until the apples are soft.