I’m a smoothie-for-breakfast girl. Even in winter I’m happy to pop my heat pack in the microwave while I whip up my frozen smoothie then slurp it down, rugged up in front of the heater. That’s most days. Some days I’m not so brave and I crave something warm and comforting. It’s best if it’s healthy and it still has to taste really good or I won’t eat it. Enter apple and cinnamon oats.
This has been my go-to warm breakfast for years now. I love the warmth of the cinnamon, crunch of the apple and sweetness of the honey as well as the earthiness of the rolled oats. They’re also really good for me.
- enhance your immune system’s response to infection
- are good for your heart
- contain antioxidants that can reduce your risk of cancer
- lower cholesterol
That’s just a few of the benefits. They’re also very versatile and really quite inexpensive. You can get a 900g bag at the supermarket for $1.10.
My version takes about 5 minutes to make and I think it tastes a little like a dessert. I finish it off with a touch of milk just to make it nice and creamy. Feel free to add nut milk or even yohurt, whatever takes your fancy. Any winter fruit will work well too so take your pick.
I have two tips. Tip one: make sure you keep stirring and don’t leave your oats un attended. They can burn/stick to the bottom pretty quickly or turn gluggy if you leave them for too long. Tip two: wash up your pot straight away. I’m 99% sure you can make glue out of oats and water. If you haven’t caught on that means it’s really hard to clean the pot if you leave it for a while. If you can’t wait to eat your breakfast then just fill the pot with water first. Enjoy!
What about you? Do you have a go-to breakfast or does it change every day?
- 1 small apple, cored and finely diced
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup water
- 1 tbsp honey
- ¼ cup milk to serve
- In a small saucepan, heat the apple and cinnamon together, stirring, for one minute over a medium heat.
- Add the oats and water and stir over the heat for another 2 minutes.
- Stir through the honey then cook for another 2 minutes or until the oats have soaked up all the water and softened.
- Serve warm with milk.