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Whenever a client asks for the best breakfast choice, I usually go with oatmeal. Filling, low-sugar, full of fiber- it’s a great start to the day.
Confession? While I praise the benefits of oatmeal to others, I rarely make it for myself. I don’t know what it is about oatmeal, I’ve just never found it to be that exciting.
I have been stepping up my morning runs lately and found that I need something more substantial on my returns. While my green smoothie works on yoga mornings, it doesn’t get me anywhere after a hour+ run.
This apple pie oatmeal erases all negative feelings I’ve had towards oatmeal. Warm cinnamon, slightly caramelized apples, maple goodness, it warms me heart and soul!
This apple + oatmeal combo is a heart healthy treat! Soluble fiber, found in both, slows down digestion, delaying the emptying of your stomach which makes you feel full. Soluble fiber can also lower LDL (“loser/bad”) blood cholesterol.
Isn’t this oatmeal the best!?
Ingredients: (makes 2 huge bowls, or 3 normal servings)
2 medium apples, diced
1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple juice
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground ginger (optional- I love ginger)
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tbsp. Earth Balance butter
In a saucepan, melt Earth Balance butter over medium heat. Add diced apples and cook 5 minutes, until softened and slightly caramelized. Add unsweetened apple juice, water and bring to a boil. Add oatmeal and spices and reduce heat to medium low. Cover, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes until it reaches the texture you like your oatmeal. Spoon into bowls and drizzle with maple syrup.
EAT! And feel energized and satisfied for the rest of the morning!
What’s your favorite oatmeal flavor?
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Hi, I love ginger too. Instead of ground ginger, I use a piece of finely cut ginger root. This recipe is my favourite during the autumn / winter time.
That sounds like a great change! This is one of my favorite morning meals in the winter, it’s so comforting!