Would you like some apple pie for breakfast? Umm…Yes please!! Behold the recipe that will bring you as close as possible to a slice of morning apple pie without all the fat and empty calories. The best thing about this recipe is that it’s barely a recipe. What I mean is that you can customize the proportion of each ingredient to your liking without sacrificing the delicious end result. I wasn’t sure whether or not to post this recipe because I make it a different way every single time. But then I realized that therein lies the beauty of the apples and oats recipe: you CAN’T mess it up!! Wahoo!
Note: Are you a morning runner? If so I would stay away from eating this BEFORE your run and use it as an afternoon snack or post run refuel. Oats are more difficult for the tummy to break down on the run. Ideally pre-run you want to stick to something that is very easily digested (i.e. banana, small toast with jelly or apple sauce). Eating oats pre-run may be fine for some, but many runners will feel like they have a heavy stomach, very gaseous and possibly have to make an unplanned bathroom stop (yikes). If you insist on having this pre-run (like myself) then I suggest enjoying the meal 2-3 hours before you hit the road!
Enjoy your rocket fuel!!
5-6 medium to large apples, peeled (a mixture of apples work, ideally Honeycrisp, Pink Lady)
1-2 T ground cinnamon
2.5 Cups of steel cut oats
1-2 T brown sugar
Ground flax meal OR flax seeds (optional)
2 T walnuts, finely chopped (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Peel and thickly slice the apples.
3. Place in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with ground cinnamon. (While 2 T of cinnamon may seem overzealous, it adds to the apple pie magic!! Yummmm! If 2T seems overboard then 1T will still do the trick).
4.. Place apples in a wok or another deep dish cooking pan with a lid. Add about 2 cups of water to the mixture and cook on med-high on stovetop for 20-25 minutes. You want the apples to be tender but NOT mushy. After 25 minutes of cooking, remove lid allowing water to evaporate and apples to cook down.
5. When apples have reached desired tenderness (about 25-30 min) remove from stovetop and drain excess water.
6.. While apples are cooking prepare oatmeal. Cook oats in a medium saucepan on stovetop until it turns to oatmeal. Mix in brown sugar and optional flax seeds and/or walnut pieces.
7. Pour cooked apples into a 9×12 pan or a casserole dish. Then cover with oats mixture.
8. Cook in oven at 375 degrees for approximately 40 minutes, or until top has lightly browned.
9. Enjoy your rocket fuel!! 🙂
Hope you enjoy your apples and oats as much as I do!! 🙂