I love super easy breakfast recipes that are still wholesome and healthy. This Apples and Cinnamon Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts ever, especially on cold winter mornings. It is so easy to make, and it keeps me full for hours.
I really believe that oatmeal is one of the world’s most perfect foods. It is so simple and pure, plus it has so many health benefits. The whole grain oats are full of fiber, which keeps you feeling full. Oatmeal is known to help lower cholesterol, and it can also help make you more regular. If you suffer from constipation, try a regular breakfast that includes oatmeal. When I eat oatmeal, I swear it feels like my body is cleansing itself. It’s hard to describe, but it is definitely a great feeling.
The problem with oatmeal started when food manufacturers decided to go and add all sorts of unnecessary stuff to it, most notably, sugar. Those handy little flavored packets are so not the oatmeal nature intended you to eat. A packet of maple and brown sugar oatmeal has 160 calories and 9 grams of sugar. You really want to try to select foods that have less than 5 grams of sugar per serving. Those packets also have artificial colors and flavors, as well as artificial sweeteners. Just…why?
A serving of plain oatmeal has just 100 calories and 0 grams of sugar, and it doesn’t take any longer to scoop a half cup of oatmeal out of a canister than it does to open a pre-portioned packet. Just because you are using plain oatmeal doesn’t mean you have to eat it plain, but there are healthier ways to flavor it up without all of that junk. Just know that if you are used to eating foods with added sugar, it may take you a while to get used to eating foods without any sugar. Wean yourself down slowly. With this recipe, I don’t miss the sugar at all.
I find that whenever I make oatmeal, it is too hot to eat right away. So I make it as soon as I get up and then I start getting ready for work. After 15-20 minutes, the oatmeal is at just the right temperature to eat. Make sure you plan for some cooling time.
First I set 1 cup of water in a small saucepan to boil. I added 1/2 cup plain quick-cooking oats and stirred. After a minute I scooped the oatmeal into a bowl. Then, I cut one medium apple into chunks and microwaved it for 2 minutes. I let the oatmeal and apples cool for about 15 minutes.
Next, I added the apples to the oatmeal, along with 1/4 cup chopped walnuts and a teaspoon of cinnamon. I mixed it all up and enjoyed with a glass of unsweetened almond milk. So simple and so delicious!