I posted these oats on Instagram over the weekend and received a lot of requests for the recipe. It’s actually quite simple to make and is perfect for a chilly fall (or winter) breakfast. My husband came into the kitchen as I was making this bowl and exclaimed, “Wow it smells so good in here! Are you making PIE?” You will find this funny if you know that I am not a pie-maker, or a skilled baker!
The point is, the topping for these oats actually smelled and tasted like apple pie, so I consider that a big win in my book. Also, you should feel free to play around with spices here if you’d like. I prefer sticking to cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, but you could try using additional spices such as cardamom, ginger or allspice. I also tend to add a bit more cinnamon because I’m mildly obsessed with it.
These oats can come together in about 10-15 minutes depending on how speedy you are or what types of oats you use. I usually start with rolled oats, but sometimes in a hurry I will go with quick oats. I find that I vastly prefer the texture of rolled oats since quick oats come out a bit more on the mushy side. If you prefer steel-cut, those will work too. The real magic here is in the stewed apples anyway.
Time: 10-15 minutes
- 1 cup water (or nut milk if you prefer for added creaminess)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp raw pumpkin seeds (optional, for topping)
- 1 tsp almond butter (optional, for topping)
Ingredients (Apple Topping):
- 1 Whole apple, sliced no more than 1 inch thick
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar OR 1 tbsp date syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1-2 tbsp chopped or whole pecans
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Bring 1 cup of water or plant-based milk to a boil in a small sauce pan and stir in oats. Lower heat to simmer. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla.
- While oats are cooking, heat a small sauce pan over medium-high heat with 1/4 cup of water. Once warm, add apples and coconut sugar.
- Stir the apples frequently as the sauce thickens. If you find your sauce is getting too thick too fast, lower heat and add a bit more water and coconut sugar. Add cinnamon, nutmeg and pecans after a couple minutes. Once the sauce has thickened and is low in the pan, and the apples have softened (after about 7-10 minutes), remove from heat and stir in the squeeze of lemon juice.
- Add the cooked oats to a bowl and top with the caramelized apples and pecans. Add additional toppings, such as almond butter and pumpkin seeds, if desired.