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I love looking forward to weekend mornings because it often means that we get to enjoy something different for breakfast. A bowl of cold cereal or a smoothie just isn't going to cut it. Enter a good old-fashioned bowl of hot steel-cut oats.
Steel-cut oatmeal is currently one of my favourite's to have on the weekend. I'm smitten with them. They fill the house with a mouth watering aroma, and this recipe in particular is reminiscent of a fresh baked apple pie!
This is a stove top version. In this recipe the oats get simmered with cinnamon and nutmeg. Apples get sauted with the same warming spices and a touch of succanat for that apple pie filling sweetness.
The fixings are what really turns a bland bowl of oats into something fantastic. And although oatmeal is already part of my weekday morning breakfast routine, this bowl with it's warming apple pie spices and cinnamon sugar apples makes for a lovely lazy weekend breakfast or brunch. Not to mention it's comforting on even the coldest of mornings.
I really love this bowl! It's thick, creamy, hot and full of apple pie flavour. I usually add a tablespoon or two of almond butter for healthy fats and extra protein. For these photos I sprinkled a bit of succanat over the oats, which I highly recommend.
Oats are a good source of fiber and will help keep you feeling fuller longer and oh so satisfied; just another thing to love about a great bowl of porridge.
Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian | serves 4
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3 cups water, plus extra for the apples
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg, divided
- 2 tbsp sucanat (or other unrefined sugar)
- 2 apples, cored and chopped
- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil; stir in the oats, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. Return to a boil, stir, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally until the water is absorbed and oats are tender.
- While the oats are cooking, prepare the apples. In a skillet over medium heat add the chopped apples, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and 2 tbsp sucanat, and just enough water to cover. Let the apples cook for 8-10 minutes until fork tender. If the pan gets too dry add a splash more water until they are softened and the water has cooked away. Remove from heat.
- Spoon oats into bowls and divide cinnamon sugar apples between each one. Add any additional toppings if desired. Some of my favourties include: nut butters, granola, berries, maple syrup or honey, flaxseed, sliced bananas, milk, raisins and dried cranberries.
- Keep leftovers in the refrigerator for quick breakfasts. Oats can be made ahead of time. Just reheat with a little added milk or water, stir and serve! Leftover's will keep for up to one week.
Nutritional Information: (does not include additional toppings)
Serving Size: 1 cup cooked oats + about 1/2 cup apples Calories: 144 Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 9mg Carbohydrates: 31g Sugar: 14g Fiber: 5g Protein: 3g
Is it breakfast time yet?
As we get further into fall and closer to the holiday season I find that my ideas for recipes and blog posts are coming at me left and right. What's up with that? Autumn is one of my favourite times of year. Maybe that has something to do with. There's so much fresh local produce to choose from, pumpkin is in abundance, and warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are working their way into everyday baking.
I'm keeping things on the simple side today. I've had this granola recipe in my head for a while now. I think I stumbled across a recipe online, and then again, while I was at the grocery store I saw some quinoa granola on the shelf. I thought hey that's a great idea, you can up the protein of the granola and add some extra crunch action at the same time. Brilliant! Quinoa is such a perfect addition to granola.
It's always more fun to DIY. Enter this recipe.
After I rinsed the quinoa I tossed it in with the rest of the dry ingredients, gently heated up the wet ingredients and mixed them together, I baked it to perfection without stirring. Instead, I rotate the pan in the oven once or twice for even baking. This way you get all those lovely clusters of granola. The only hard part is not touching it when it comes out of the oven and letting it completely cool.
After you feast your eyes on this homemade granola you'll be longing for lazy weekend mornings.
Maple Pumpkin Granola gluten free, vegan, vegetarian | makes about 5 cups
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup quinoa, rinse
- 1/3 cup pumpkins seeds
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted (or other vegetable oil)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup pumpkin purée
- 1/2 cup dried cherries (or other dried fruit)
- Preheat oven to 300˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, slivered almonds, salt and spices.
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and pumpkin purée. Pour over the oat mixture and mix until combined.
- Spread the mixture out evenly onto prepared baking sheet, pat down, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle the dried cherries over top of the granola. Let cool completely, then break up into pieces and serve, or store in an airtight container.
- I find that not stirring the granola while it bakes is one of the keys to getting tons of clusters. So instead of stirring, just rotate the cookie sheet a couple times during baking to ensure even browning.
Serving Size: 1/2 cup Calories: 275 Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 4.6g Cholesterol: 0mg Carbohydrates: 33.7g Sugar: 12g Sodium: 52mg Fiber: 4.5g Protein: 7g