Yes, I know this isn't my picture, and ahem*, I'm working on it! Every stinkin' time I make this, I try to remember to take a picture of it for the blog, and every time there is almost none left...when I remember. Anyway.
What you need to know: This is a mix between baked apples, baked oatmeal, and apple crisp...with fruit. Yeah. I'll try to remember to publish a photo when I make it again, you work on making this crowd pleaser. This dish is great because it: 1) makes your house smell good 2) is pretty darn healthy 3) it's easy peasy 4) Who doesn't love apples in the Fall?
This recipe was adapted from The New Better Homes and Garden Cook Book.
4-6 cooking apples (I used Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith...because I like them)
1/2 cup+ raisins
2 tblsp brown sugar (or sucanat, or honey)
1 tblsp cinnamin
1 tblsp nutmeg
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup thick oats
1/3 cup slivered or chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)
1/2 cup chopped dates (or other dried fruit)
whip cream (optional)
carmel sauce (optional)
Core and chop apples, leaving the skin on. Place apples in a casserole dish, I use a 9X13, as I've usually made this item for at least 8+ people. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour apple juice into the bottom of the pan, throughout. Bake apples at 350 for about 45 minutes, or until apples are tender. If your oven generally runs hotter, you may want to check on them after 30, to see if you need a bit more juice. Serve warm and with whip cream + carmel sauce! Enjoy.