'Apple Pie' oatmeal is my favorite way to eat oatmeal during the coziest months of the year. Oatmeal is warm, filling, and budget friendly. There are delicious and easy ways to spice up your oatmeal to increase the nutritional benefits and flavor, without adding any unhealthy or processed ingredients.
What you will need:
Organic whole oats (You can use the oats that you have on hand. Keep in mind that different style oats have varied cooking times. Steel cut oats generally take longer to cook than regular whole rolled oats. I like Bob's Red Mill GF oats.) I would avoid quick oats, as they are very thin, and will potentially turn to mush overnight.
If you want to learn to soak your oats to enhance their digestibility and to remove some of the anti-nutrients, I highly recommend it. Soaking helps the starches break down and reduces the natural phytic acid, which may help your body utilize the oats' nutrients much more efficiently and reduce potential inflammation in the gut. Before our modern convenience society, most people soaked their oats overnight before preparing. Grains and oats were soaked by our ancestors to 'avoid illness'.
To soak oats:
Place the amount of oats that you desire to cook into a bowl. Cover oats with the same amount of warm/hot water as you used for your oats. (Example: If you used 1 cup of oats, then you will use 1 cup of warm/hot water. It's a 1:1 ratio) Add an acid like liquid whey, buttermilk, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, etc. For every cup of oats, you will add 1.5-2 tablespoons of your acid. Place your bowl on the counter at room temp and leave overnight for at least 6 hours. Soaked oats will cook up faster than raw oats, so keep that in mind when cooking.
Chopped and peeled apple or pear
Grass fed butter or ghee
Vanilla (optional) DIY Homemade vanilla blog post
Pumpkin Pie Spice blend or you can add your own blend of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc.
Dried fruit or nuts (optional)
Real maple syrup, honey, or coconut sugar
Pink or Sea salt
The following makes approximately 2 servings (double or triple or cut in half as needed):
2 cups water or milk (you can also use a plant based milk)
1 cups rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
½ teaspoon spices of choice
1-2 apples or pears peeled and chopped; any kind
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Butter or Ghee to your liking (good fats are your friend)
Dried fruit or nuts (optional to taste)
Sweetener (to taste)
*Soaked oats will cook faster than raw oats. Depending on the style of oats, and whether it is soaked, your cooking times will vary.*
Add your oats, apples, and spices or add ons to your saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring, and keeping an eye on your pot, so as not to burn your oats on the bottom. Soaked oats will be ready in approximately 5-10 minutes, and raw oats or steel cut oats, may take 10-15 minutes, depending on how warm your pot is.
Once everything is cooked to your liking, turn off heat, stir in your butter or ghee, and allow oatmeal to sit for 2-5 minutes.
Add your maple syrup or honey.
Enjoy your apple pie autumn inspired oatmeal and stay cozy friends! Hugs.
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