Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Even though I kind of eat the same stuff every morning, I still get excited about breakfast already the night before. Some would say “boring”, but what can I do if I crave the same thing every single day.
Oats are this addiction of mine. They are comforting, satisfying, easy to make, healthy and humble enough to work great with any other ingredients (both sweet and savory). Just approach your oats with a bit of creativity and you’ll have a healthy breakfast, which tastes more like a dessert. How does Carrot Cake, Silky Vanilla Almond, or Apple Pie Oatmeal sound? Not so boring after all 😉
During my student times, when I had to share a kitchen with four other people, I had my favorite method of preparing oats, which was fast and absolutely not-messy. I just combined 1 part of rolled oats with 2 parts of boiling water in a heat-safe ceramic bowl. Covered the bowl with a plate and wrapped it up in a kitchen towel. In about 10 minutes, or however long it took me to get ready for the Uni, the oats were ready. Even though, this method is normally suggested for instant oatmeal, I found that it works just same fine for the rolled oats.
I still use this method now and then, when I’m in a rush. However, another discovery of mine are overnight oats. Apparently, this way of preparing oats is much healthier. First of all, during soaking, the starches in the oats break down, which makes them much easier to digest. Apart from that, I find that the oatmeal prepared in this way tastes better and also gives more space for creativity. The only difficulty is to think about your breakfast already in the evening, which is, however, the habit worth growing.
I suggest starting forming this healthy habit with this Apple-pie Oatmeal! You won’t regret it:-)
- 30 grams of rolled oats (1/3 cup)
- 2/3 cup of almond milk or water
- 4 rings of dried apples
- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
- ½ tablespoon of pumpkin seeds,
- 10 walnuts
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- ½ of red juicy apple
- Cut or crush dried apple rings into small pieces, crush walnuts and pumpkin seeds (leaving few for decoration).
- In your favorite bowl mix oats, almond milk, seeds and nuts, dried apples, honey, and cinnamon. Soak overnight in the fridge.
- In the morning, grate half of apple, or cut in small slices. Add apples to the soaked oat mixture. Adjust the consistency with some extra almond milk or water, if necessary.