I love my Sunday ritual. I normally wake up long before my husband so I’ll pull on my dressing gown and stroll to the kitchen to make my special version of oats.
During the week I am always rushing out the door and I rarely have time to make breakfast – mostly I just grab an apple to eat on my way. On Saturdays we are normally up bright and early to go running, followed by breakfast at our local farmer’s market. But on Sundays we take it slow, and I like to take time enjoying the simple pleasure of cooking.
This is my favourite breakfast recipe at the moment because it fills my home with the smell of roasting apple, cinnamon and nutmeg, a comforting way to start the day. I hope you love it as much as I do.
This recipe is vegetarian-friendly and you can easily make it vegan by replacing the honey with a sweetener of your choice. I made it with steel cut oats, which has a delicious texture. You can, however, make with with any type of oats. Just adjust the cooking time according to the packet instructions.
Roast Apple & Spiced Oats
Cooking time: 30 minutes
4 Granny Smith apples
1 cup steel cut oats
400ml coconut milk
1 cup water
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
50 g flaked almonds
Preheat your oven to 180°C.
Slice the apples into equal size chunks. Brush them with coconut oil and bake in the oven for 15- 20 minutes or until soft and golden.
Combine your oats, coconut milk, water, spices and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat, partially cover the pot and simmer for 20 minutes until the oats have cooked. If the mixture is looking too dry you can add a bit more water.
Meanwhile, place a dry pan on a medium heat and add the flaked almonds. Leave them to toast, shaking now and then. They will take a while to get going but once they start to toast it goes quick, so keep an eye on them.
Now to assemble. Divide the cooked oats between four bowls. Arrange the roasted apples on one side of the dish, and the toasted almonds on the other, taking time to present it beautifully. Add a tablespoon almond butter and a teaspoon of honey to each bowl.
Each person can mix it together just before eating.
Have you tried this recipe? What did you think? Pop your comments, questions and recommendations in the section below. I would love to hear from you.