Starting your day with a healthy breakfast that will give you energy to conquer the day is incredibly important. However, as the days are turning colder and it’s getting harder to get out of our warm and cozy bed, a cold and refreshing green smoothie is not necessarily the most appealing option for breakfast. When you just want a nice, warm and comforting meal, but still want to keep your breakfast healthy, a warm bowl of oatmeal is the perfect choice.
This recipe inspired by the chilly winter days and the taste and scent of apple pie just freshly out of the oven will make you actually look forward to get out of bed in the morning, and thanks to the high fiber content it will fill you up and give you energy throughout the morning up until lunch, not leaving you hungry again after an hour passes.
The antioxidants in the apple will help boost your immune system, which is crucial in the winter time. The apples and the cinnamon both help to decrease your cholesterol levels, while cinnamon also controls your blood sugar level and can even help if you’ve got a cold.
- 2 medium sized apples
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Whole rolled/steel cut oats (about 2 cups)
- Cinnamon (2 teaspoons for the apples + 1 teaspoon for the oatmeal)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- A splash of milk
- A pinch of salt
The best thing about this recipe is that it not only tastes delicious, but it will take less than 15 minutes to prepare ~ so it’s perfect for a bit busier weekday mornings as well, not just the relaxed weekend.
First of all, after peeling the apples and taking out the core, grate them into a bowl and splash the lemon juice on the so they won’t brown. Then add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and make sure to mix it well with the apples then set the bowl aside for a bit.
Cook the oats on the stove with twice the amount of water ~ you can adjust the portions of the oats depending on how many people you’re preparing the breakfast for. After cooking the oats for 3-5 minutes, mix in the apple-cinnamon mixture and stir well. Add the nutmeg, a pinch of salt and brown sugar or honey for sweetener. Taste the oats first though, because the amount of sweetener needed might depend on how sweet your apples are. Also, if you are currently on a stricter diet, you can swap the brown sugar or honey for a no-calorie sweetener, such as Stevia.
Continue cooking until the oatmeal starts bubbling and then add a splash of milk to make it creamier. You can use any milk you prefer: regular cow milk or if you want to make the recipe vegan then you can also use soy milk, almond milk or any other plant or nut based one. Give it a few more stirs and taste to see if you need more cinnamon or sweetening. If you feel the oatmeal is too thick, add a bit more milk.
Serve the oatmeal while it’s hot and add the toppings: chop up walnuts and almonds to smaller pieces and sprinkle them on top along with some raisins. In case you don’t have walnuts or almonds on hand, other nuts such as cashews would work too, and you can even add some dark chocolate, a dollop of fruit jam or nut butter to make the oatmeal even more delicious. Following the basic recipe, you can get creative with the toppings and adjust it to make a perfect bowl of oats that is just the way YOU like it!