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Apple Pie Oatmeal

21 Sep

You guys, I am so confused over here. Yesterday it felt like a summer day in South Florida. Hot, muggy, on and off rain. Today, I woke up and it was 60 degrees, overcast, and crisp fall air.

Not only is my wardrobe confused, think about what’s going on in my kitchen!

Yesterday I was all about wanting a refreshing salad, finishing off the rest of my tasty watermelon, and avoiding turning on the oven.

I woke up today ready for soups, slow cookers, and comfort food.

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Luckily, this Apple Pie Oatmeal can be whipped up on the spot when the weather decides to act like fall. It screams fall. It’s full of warm spices and made with seasonal (or what should be) ingredients.

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I don’t know about you but the rest of my Sunday going to consist of warm oatmeal, hot coffee, food network, and smoky chicken tostadas cooking away in the slow cooker.

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Apple Pie Oatmeal

Serves 1

Note: I used Earth Balance which makes this dish vegan. Other vegan substitutes that could work here are coconut oil and trans-fat free margarine. If you’re in a pinch and don’t  have any lifestyle choices that prevent it, feel free to use a small amount of butter. I also used Macintosh apples because they are tart and perfect for cooking/baking with. Any apple you have on hand will work but the flavors might be slightly different. 

1 teaspoon Earth Balance

1/2 apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped, plus more for garnish if desired

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup apple cider

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

1. Melt Earth Balance in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnuts. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apple is softened and walnuts are lightly toasted. Add oats and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until oats are lightly toasted.

2. Add apple cider, water, and flaxseed. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer until oats are softened and at your desired consistency, approximately 5 to 8 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on the oats you use.

 

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Raspberry Pecan Oatmeal

8 Mar

Favorite thing #4: Breakfast

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I never used to be a breakfast person. It was torture when my mom would make me eat something before leaving for school in the morning. Once I learned the importance of breakfast and started eating it regularly, I started to wake up hungry.

Eating within the first hour of waking up helps jump start your day. It revs up your metabolism, increases productivity, and keeps you more satisfied during the day.

My breakfast of choice is oatmeal. It’s the perfect canvas to create a delicious breakfast packed with nutrition. I go back and forth between steel cut oats and old-fashioned rolled oats. Depends on my mood. My go to combo is unsweetened vanilla almond milk, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, and a drizzle of agave nectar.

Every now and then, usually on the weekends, I change it up. My  latest creation was a perfect combo.

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I used my roasted pecan butter.

This combo is guaranteed to get your day off to a great start. The fiber, healthy fats, and protein found in this meal keep you satisfied through the morning.

Raspberry Pecan Oatmeal

Makes 1 bowl

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

1/4 cup raspberries

1 tablespoon roasted pecan butter

1 teaspoon agave nectar

Dash of cinnamon

1. Combine oats, milk, and flaxseed meal. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed and oatmeal is creamy.

2. Top with raspberries, pecan butter, agave nectar, and cinnamon. Sit back, relax, and fuel your day 🙂

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