This recipe-it’s as easy as apple pie (and just as delicious)! This is an amazingly healthy oatmeal that is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. It’s super filling and very flavorful.
I was able to make it healthier than most flavored oatmeals by using coconut sugar, coconut oil, maple syrup and almond milk. By keeping the peels on the apples, it has lots of fiber as well. I made it vegan and dairy free so it also keeps tummies and skin happy! A winning recipe all around!
See the Tips and Tricks section below the recipe for some helpful recipe ideas.
Preparation + Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Suggested kitchen tools: measuring spoons, measuring cup, large skillet, large mixing bowl, medium saucepan, apple corer
1 cup scottish oatmeal (I used Bob’s Red Mill Organic Scottish Oatmeal OR you could use gluten free or any type of your favorite oatmeal-see the Tips and Tricks section for a recipe variation)
3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 red apples, rinsed, cored and chopped into small chunks (I used honeycrisp apples)
2 cups water
the juice of one lemon (about 4 tablespoons)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 teaspoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup maple syrup (I used Costco Kirkland Signature Organic Maple Syrup)
Make the apples first. Put 2 cups water and the lemon juice in a medium sized mixing bowl. This will serve as a bath for the apples that will prevent them from browning as you cut them as well as add a little flavor.
Rinse, core and chop the apples into small chunks. Put them in the lemon water bath as you cut them. Set aside.
Melt the coconut oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Drain the apples and add them to the skillet with the coconut sugar and cinnamon.
Cook the apples, stirring occasionally, until they are softened, 10-15 minutes. Reduce the heat as necessary.
Prepare the oatmeal while the apples cook.
Follow these directions if you are using the scottish oatmeal (see the Tips and Tricks section if you are using a different type of oatmeal): Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Stir in the oatmeal and whisk until there are no lumps. Then reduce the heat to medium-low.
Cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until oats are soft. Stir often while cooking.
After the oatmeal is finished cooking, remove from heat
Add the oats to the skillet of cooked apples. Add in the 1/2 cup almond milk and the 1/4 cup maple syrup. Stir until combined.
Serve in bowls, eat and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks:
I found my ingredients at Whole Foods and a local health food store but the ingredients could be found at most grocery stores and online
If using a quick cooking gluten-free oatmeal (like Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Rolled Oats): Follow the same recipe how-to but with these ingredients for 4 servings- 2 cups oats, 4 cups water
If using any other type of oatmeal, just follow the package instructions for 4 servings
Reduce the amount of maple syrup if you don’t want it quite as sweet.