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!?
Apple Pie Oatmeal
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!