Breakfast is my favourite meal to plan ahead and have great fun projects with. Waffles, eggs benedict, sweet breads – if you have time, inclination and inspiration, there is much you can do to prepare a fun breakfast. More often than not though, breakfast is a matter of ‘has to happen’ and needs to come together in an instant to feed the hungry mouth that has fallen out of bed (or returned from a run) and wants his breakfast NOW.
So great big breakfast projects notwithstanding, everyone needs quick and healthy breakfast options in their repertoire. This one here, is a simple healthy recipe that makes a quick yummy weekday breakfast. Cooked/baked with lemon and cinnamon, the right apple (for me that means crisp, juicy and slightly tangy NOT ricey) morphs into a thing of beauty.
While I use these cooked apples here to rev up a bowl of healthy oatmeal, apples cooked this way are pretty delicious by themselves. Keep them in your bag of tricks and I am sure you will find other things to do with them – fill these crepes, serve with pancakes, top toasts, make sweet sandwiches with peanut butter… any other ideas?
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 3 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 6 tablespoons chopped Almonds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence or half a vanilla bean
- 3 apples
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- half a teaspoon cinnamon
- extra milk or cream for serving
- Honey/date syrup/maple syrup - to taste
- Slice and core the apples (I like to slice them about 1 cm thick or get about 12 from one apple) and place in a microwave safe bowl. Sprinkle the lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon over the apples. Toss to combine. Microwave on high for 5 minutes till soft and fragrant. Taste and adjust sugar, lemon and cinnamon. You could cook it longer if you would like the apple mushier.
- Boil the milk with the vanilla in a saucepan and then reduce heat to simmer and add the oatmeal. Cook, stirring, till the oatmeal is cooked and you have your preferred consistency. I go for a slightly thick mush at this point so I can add cream or milk later. Stir in the butter for beautiful buttery finish. (You could also cook the oatmeal in the microwave, stirring every 1 minute or so to prevent the oatmeal from boiling over)
- Dry saute (or roast) the almond pieces in a pan till they start to smell toasty and nutty. The almonds should slight brown but not too much so.
- To serve, ladle the oatmeal into a bowl, add more milk or cream if desired. Top with apple slices, nuts and honey/maple or date syrup.
- Have a great day!!