Shared Plates: October 2018 Contest Winner
Crowded Kitchen, a food photography and recipe development business, caters to enthusiasts of both mindful meals and captivating imagery. The site was originally developed as an Instagram page nearly three years ago by mother-daughter duo Alexis (Lexi) and Beth Sinclair, who share a passion for cooking and nutrition. “Most of our recipes, like these overnight oats, are plant-based and focus on using healthy, whole ingredients,” Lexi says. Incorporating apples — the ingredient for this month’s challenge — into the simple yet equally scrumptious dish served in clear glass Mason jars, Lexi and Beth say “it’s a comforting way to start a beautiful fall morning.”
Recipe: Apple Pie Overnight Oats
Date Walnut Crust:
1 cup dried mulberries
½ cup walnuts
3 dates (soaked in water for 10 min)
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp cinnamon
½ cup rolled oats
¾ cup almond milk
2 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 apple, peeled and diced
1 pear, peeled and diced
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
Pinch of cloves
1 tbsp apple cider
Combine all crust ingredients in food processor and pulse until coarsely blended.
Press crust loosely into bottom of jar.
In a small bowl, combine all overnight oat ingredients and stir well to eliminate any clumps.
Pour oats into jar on top of crust.
In a small saucepan, cook diced apple and pear at medium-low heat until soft.
Add in remaining ingredients, and mash with fork. (You can also blend for a less chunky texture!)
Top off the jar with the applesauce and seal with lid.
When ready to eat, top with chopped pecans, pomegranate seeds, and caramel sauce if you’re feeling indulgent!