Turns out, it's winter?
If you live in the Midwest like I do (hello, Milwaukee!) then maybe you also woke up this morning to 22 degree weather. There aren't many things I dislike more than eating cold food on a cold day, so to keep warm I've been drinking about 4 cups of tea each evening and craving nothing but cozy, comforting foods.
This quick and simple recipe for Coconut Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is not only exactly the warming and cozy meal that I want on a cold day, but it's full of healthy fats, blood-sugar lowering cinnamon, and fiber rich oatmeal, and, as a non-dairy person, I find the coconut oil in this dish the perfect replacement for butter.
My husband and I have been enjoying this meal together an awful lot lately, so here's what you'll need to make enough for two servings; I hope that you and your loved ones enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
Coconut Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
1 Cup Gluten Free Oatmeal*
2 1/4 Cup Water
A Few Shakes of Sea Salt
1 TBSP Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
1 Large or 2 Small Organic Apples (my favorite is 1 Honeycrisp and 1 Granny Smith)
1-2 TSP Ceylon Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Nut Milk of Choice (my current favorite is Forager Plain Unsweeted Coconut Cashewmilk)
1) Place oats, water, and sea salt in a saucepan and set on medium-high heat to cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until your desired consistency is reached.
2) Meanwhile, wash and chop your apples into bite-size pieces. In a small skillet (we use and love this non-toxic option), heat the coconut oil. Once melted, add the apples and cinnamon, and cook over medium-high heat. The apples will soften and become coated in a delicious coconut-cinnamon glaze. Cook until heated through.
3) In a bowl, place cooked oats and top with apple mixture, nut milk, and more sea salt and cinnamon to your taste.
* A note on oats ... even if you're not celiac or gluten sensitive, I highly recommend eating gluten free when you have the choice. It's easier for your stomach to digest and good digestion leads to healthy gut bacteria levels, which in turn leads to healthier, happier skin! As oatmeal itself doesn't actually contain gluten, but rather becomes contaminated with gluten during the packaging process, I promise that you will find that they taste identical. If you live near a Trader Joe's, they offer a very affordable gluten free oatmeal; otherwise, Bob's Red Mill has one that I also love. I recommend skipping the quick cook oats and going for the "old-fashioned rolled" oats as they provide a better source of digestive-resistant fiber, meaning that they will help your body naturally regulate your blood sugar levels.