Friday, October 11, 2013

Almond-semolina-apple-oat slice

You know those times when you imagine a product, and you want it desperately, but you don't have a recipe? You're not even sure if there is a recipe, or if it is something you've had before, or if you have simply dreamed it up in your imagination?

And you know those times when you try to make said product, following a whim, and it doesn't work? Awful. Devastating even.

But then, there are those other times. The times you turn your imagined product into reality. The times your edible dream actually becomes edible, and dream-worthy, and it is as if the stars have aligned in your kitchen just for you.

Those times are magic.


To me, these apple slices were that magic.

I know they might not look like much. I think "rustic" could be applied to their description. In taste, though, they hit all of my hopes and possibly even exceeded them. There is marzipan-esque almond from the almond meal and almond essence. There is a delightful contrast of chewy and crumbly from the semolina and oats. And there are the apples, soft and sweet and set against raisins. (Those of you who don't like raisins? I'll allow you to leave them out.)


In all, I loved these. They reminded me of the sort of baking my Mum did when I was a child, and they felt like the edible equivalent of reading indoors while it's raining, wrapped in a rug and drinking tea.


 I hope you enjoy them too!

Almond-semolina-apple-oat slice
Vegan
Makes approximately 8 slices


Ingredients
For the base-
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup semolina
1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used sweetened almond and soaked the chia seeds for 15 minutes)
2 tbsp coconut oil, in liquid form
1 tbsp agave (or maple syrup)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp almond essence

For the filling-
1 large apple, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup almond meal

For the topping-
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp coconut oil, in liquid form
2 tbsp agave (or maple syrup)

Method
Preheat your oven to 180'C and line a square baking dish with non-stick baking paper.

Combine all base ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly to combine. Press into the bottom of your baking dish.

In a mixing bowl, combine all filling ingredients and stir to combine. Add to your baking dish on top of the base layer, spreading evenly with a spoon or spatula. 

In a mixing bowl (keep using the same one!), combine the topping ingredients and stir to combine. Distribute over the apple layer.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden, and allow to cool in the pan before slicing.

Left to right: Base layer; apple layer; top layer before cooking; final baked result.

As a bonus? I made this with just one mixing bowl, and you don't even need to beat or process any ingredients.

Submitted to Healthy Vegan Fridays.

What was the last thing you made on a recipe-free whim, or from imagination?

27 comments:

  1. They look like my mum's baking too - though she never used chia :-) I avoid apple in baking too much and find it lovely and comforting when I do make it. Glad you are less wary of apples as I can see they are your comfort food. Even better when combined with lots of healthy stuff.

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    1. Chia and coconut oil are definitely adult additions ;) And you're right, I have no reserves at all about apple in baking! I'd put it in everything if I gave myself half a chance.

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  2. Those times are magic, indeed. :) I love that baking with apples is starting to appear in the blogosphere! They're affordable too. Never used semolina, though!

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    1. It's a product of wheat so works pretty similar to flour :-) And I adore apples in baking so hope they continue to appear more commonly!

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  3. Hurrah for the magical kitchen moments! The word "marzipan-esque" got me. I love anything almond-y.
    Do you think flour could sub for semolina?

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    1. Absolutely! Semolina comes from wheat so plain flour would work quite similarly :-)

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  4. Aw, cozy snuggly rug childhood dessert! x

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    1. It's the sort of thing that makes me want to re-read Laura I. W. :-)

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  5. Ah childhood baking, nothing better! This look like my kind of baking, will have to try it for sure :)

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  6. Yum this slice looks really delicious :)

    I just made a mug cake but I did have a recipe base for what I made it from.

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    1. I am yet to make a mug cake so thanks for the reminder to try that idea out!

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  7. Your plate is very pretty. I do love days like this in the kitchen! You almost feel victorious! There's lots of goodness in that slice and I'm sure it's packed with flavour xx

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    1. Victorious is right! It makes up for those times when one feels rather the opposite in the kitchen ;)

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  8. Your slice looks so yummy and good. The smells in the kitchen when this was baking must be out of this world good. I love baking with the crunch apples, adds so much to dishes. Pinning this yumminess.

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    1. Thanks Asha! And I agree - apple is a fail proof ingredient for baking :-)

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  9. Edible equivalent of reading while rugged up, drinking tea and it's raining outside?...Kari how could I possibly resist?

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  10. Gosh, these vars look and sound delicious! Just like apple crumble in portable form.

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    1. That's an apt description actually - and with a bit more of a slice base :)

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  11. hhahahaaa love that these are your "edible equivalent" of a perfect day (yes I love reading on rainy days too!)
    Def will be trying these - just hope they will hold together without the coconut oil because I don't like to use it.....

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    1. I think regular oil or something like Nuttelex would work fine - Nuttelex would probably be more similar to coconut oil but otherwise even almond butter would be great.

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  12. Those look like the perfect slice for eating with a spoon straight from the pan :)

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    1. I did indeed eat some that way ;)

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  13. I am in love with apples right now, but have yet to bake them! I must get on that :)

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  14. This sounds just like my sort of food - I love desserts and cakes with fresh fruit in them...

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