So, right now I’m in Sydney having a blast, probably shovelling eggs and bacon into my mouth after staying up way too late. However, when at home this winter I have become addicted to nice hot bowl of oats (porridge). I have a few different twists on the regular porridge – two of my favourites are Apple Pie Oats and Pumpkin Pie Oats.
These two recipes are actually very, very similar. The only real difference is that one has pumpkin in it, and one has apple in it. They are sweet and warm and spiced, and sooooo filling. You won’t need to eat anything until a late lunch when you’ve got a bowl of this stuff in your belly.
Apple Pie Oats / Pumpkin Pie Oats
1 small apple, peeled and grated or 1/3 cup pureed pumpkin*
1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon sultanas/dried cranberries
1 teaspoon of sugar or Natvia for sweetness if needed
*for pureed pumpkin, cube a small wedge of pumpkin, pop it in the microwave in a small bowl and a dash of water for about 1 minute or until soft, then drain and mash it with a fork. I make the oats in the same bowl that I cooked the pumpkin in. Less dishes = winning!
1. Add all ingredients to a microwave safe bowl and stir.
2. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds on high, then stir before microwaving for 1 minute more on high. Stir again, then wait about 1 minute to cool enough to eat without burning the roof of your mouth off!
It’s super quick, easy, healthy and filling. You can adjust the spices, fruit, nuts and sweetness to your liking, or substitute non-dairy milk if you choose. You really can’t go wrong for an awesome winter breakfast!
What’s your favourite winter breakfast? Do you have your own version of oats?