On cold November mornings I often need some extra motivation to get out of my cozy bed. Thoughts of diving into a bowl of baked apples, gooey oatmeal and aromatic cinnamon tends to do the trick. This recipe was so filling I ate half for breakfast and half in the afternoon post-hike. Any type of oats (steel cut, rolled, or quick) can be used, however, steel cut are the lowest in glycemic load and are the least processed so they should keep you full the longest. I hope you enjoy the great combination of flavours and the numerous health benefits. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3 cups water
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- splash of almond milk, unsweetened
- 1 apple, chopped, organic if possible
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp water
- Bring 3 cups water to a boil.
- Add 1 cup oats to the boiling water on the stove, turn down temperature to low. Let oats cook for 10-15 min.
- Begin to cook chopped apples with 1 tbsp water and 2 tsp cinnamon in a frying pan on medium heat (for about 10 minutes).
- Once oats become the consistency you like (I waited until there was a little bit of water still on the surface) stir in 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp chia seeds and a splash of almond milk. Wait for the oats and the other added ingredients to soak up the liquid.
- Proudly serve your oats and apple creation (optional: top with maple syrup).
- apple (with peel) = low glycemic load, high in fiber, contains quercetin which protects nerve cells from oxidative damage
- cinnamon = may help balance glucose levels, lower cholesterol, and decrease triglycerides in blood
- steel cut oats = low glycemic load, high in fiber, maintains blood sugar levels, and contains tryptophan which boosts serotonin levels for better sleep and a stable mood
- chia seeds = high in omega 3s which can help decrease high testosterone and improve egg quality