When I was a little girl, Autumn for me heralded the beginning of apple pie season. Well, conker season too!
Each Sunday, my mum would cook us a huge roast dinner, and make a pudding to go alongside it. Apple pie (especially apple and blackberry pie!) has always been a favourite of mine – the combination of sweet and tart, and those beautiful, warming spices of cinnamon and nutmeg.
These simple, delicious Apple Pie Oats are my breakfast-approved version of my mum’s cooking! Just as warming and comforting as your favourite pie, but lighter and healthier.
Happily, cinnamon (one of the key spices in this bowl) is perfect for breakfasts, too. Not only is it the ideal natural sweetener, but it also helps to prevent blood sugar spikes, keeping those blood sugars nice and balanced all morning long.
To make the oats a little lighter and a bit less carby – and to add a healthy dose of delicious fats! – I added some ground walnuts in place of extra oats.
This adds a little something extra to classic porridge or oatmeal (whatever you like to call it!), and keeps that delicious apple pie flavour running right through! However, if you don’t feel like walnuts, or don’t have them to hand, simply add more oats in place.
For me, these are the perfect oats to enjoy on a cold, wintery or Autumnal day. They are so satisfying and warming – a big old hug in an apple flavoured bowl!
Apple Pie Oats
- Serves 2-3
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup ground walnuts
- 1 1/4 cup apple puree
- 1-2 tbsp agave or maple syrup (optional – I used The Groovy Food Company)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla paste
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 3-4 cups milk of choice (I used coconut milk)
- Pinch salt
- To top: chopped walnuts and stewed apple
- Stir together the walnuts and oats in a bowl until combined, then add all other ingredients apart from the milk and stir well. Set aside.
- In a saucepan over a medium heat, bring your milk to a gentle boil. Stir in the apple and oat mixture, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for a few minutes, until thickened to your desired consistency, stirring occasionally to prevent it sticking to the pan. Add more milk, if desired, depending on the texture you enjoy. Take your saucepan off the heat and cover for a few minutes.
- Spoon into bowls, adding a splash more milk if desired, and scatter over your favourite toppings. Serve warm and enjoy.