Toasted oatmeal with caramelized apples

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ingredients

Oatmeal:

  • 1 tsp ghee

  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats

  • 1 cup water

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • Few dashes of cinnamon

    Caramelized apples:

  • 1 medium apple, cored and chopped into small pieces (I prefer to leave the peel on for added fibre, but you can peel it if you’d like)

  • 2 tsp ghee

  • 2 tsp maple syrup

  • Few dashes of cinnamon

  • Few dashes of nutmeg

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • Splash of vanilla extract

    Optional toppings: maple syrup, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, shredded coconut, or any of your favourite nuts or seeds
     

 

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make it

  1. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat and add about one tablespoon of water. Add the apples to the pan and cover with a lid to let the apples steam. Once the apples have softened slightly, remove the lid and allow the water to simmer for a few more minutes until it evaporates.

  2. After the water evaporates, add the ghee to the pan with the apples. Once it melts, add the maple syrup, spices, vanilla and sea salt. Stir until the apples are coated well. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let the apples continue to cook. Keep stirring the apples every few minutes to ensure the sugars don’t burn. Once the apples are fully caramelized, turn the heat off and let them keep warm in the pan.

  3. While the apples continue cooking, you can prepare the oats. Add the ghee to a small sauce pan and melt on medium-high heat. Once the ghee has melted, add the oats to the pan to toast. Use a spoon to stir the oats every few minutes. When they start becoming fragrant, keep a close eye on them, as they will brown quickly.

  4. Once the oats turn golden brown, add the sea salt followed by the water to the pot (pour slowly as it will sputter slightly) and stir. Turn the heat down to medium-low and let simmer.

  5. Once the oats are cooked, and most of the water has been absorbed, add the cinnamon, a splash of almond milk and stir well to combine.

  6. Pour the oatmeal into a bowl and top with the warm apples. Drizzle with a bit more maple syrup and add your toppings.

    Tip: make a larger batch of apples ahead of time! You can simply reheat the caramelized apples just before serving to save some prep time.

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. My theory is it’s probably because I’ve just gone several hours without eating so food just tastes better in the morning.

My all time favourite breakfast food is most definitely eggs. I have eggs for breakfast almost every single day because they are one of the only foods that satisfies me and keeps me full all morning. I’ve been a big egg fan for years and they will forever be my favourite.

However, some mornings I don’t feel like eggs and that’s when oatmeal will step in to save the day. Oatmeal is another favourite of mine because a) all that fibre keeps me full for hours and b) I love how it serves as a base for so many different flavour combinations.

I came up with this recipe because I had a bunch of apples in my fridge that I needed to use up. Some were getting a little over-ripe and I knew they would be best served cooked. Steamed apples aren’t that exciting all on their own so I decided to take it up a notch and caramelize them with some ghee and maple syrup. Cooking the apples brings out their sweetness and we all know that apples combined with maple syrup and cinnamon are a match made in heaven!

The toasted oats in this recipe may seem a little different but I promise you, toasting the oats before adding the liquid is literally a game changer. If you’ve ever made risotto you know the importance of toasting the grain before you start the cooking process. Toasting really elevates the flavour of any grain and it brings such a wonderfully nutty flavour to this dish.

Sure, you could skip the toasting step to save a couple of minutes but it really does make a difference flavour-wise. You’ll never want to go back to non-toasted oats again!

This oatmeal tastes so delicious, but I love it because it’s also so good for you. Oats are a great breakfast food for so many reasons. For starters they are full of fibre, which can help keep you full, stabilize blood sugar levels and support healthy bowels. Oats are also a source of the soluble fibre called beta glucan, which is great for supporting healthy cholesterol levels and heart health. There are so many reasons you should be including oats in your diet on a regular basis!

This oatmeal bowl brings so many warm and comforting flavours to your morning! The nutty oatmeal combined with the cinnamon and nutmeg spiced apples is so delicious and it really helps warm you up on these chilly winter mornings. It’s a dish I genuinely look forward to having when I wake up. This will go down as one of my favourite breakfast dishes!