Creamy apple cinnamon oats served under a bed of warm cinnamon apples. The perfect weekday or lazy weekend breakfast.
In a small saucepan, combine oats and water. Simmer until liquid has absorbed into the oats, stirring frequently to prevent burning, for about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a separate small saucepan, spray coconut oil cooking spray or other nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the diced apple chunks and spray apple with cooking spray. Stir in a dash of cinnamon or apple pie spice and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft.
Once oats are cooked, stir in apple pie spice (just plain cinnamon will work if that's what you've got). Stir in protein powder last, if using. I like to add about 1/4 cup almond milk while stirring in protein powder.
Top oatmeal with apples, almond butter and chopped pecans. Enjoy!
QUICK MICROWAVE VERSION: Combine oats, water, apple and apple pie spice in a bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes. Stir in protein last, if using, and add almond milk as needed for desired consistency. Top with almond butter and pecans.
OVERNIGHT OATS: Replace the water with milk. Stir everything together without cooking and store in the fridge overnight. Enjoy cold in the morning. I also really enjoy this recipe cooked and then stored in the fridge and eaten cold in the morning. This is also great for meal prepping several servings to enjoy through the week.
MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE: Use certified gluten-free oats.
MAKE IT DAIRY FREE/VEGAN: If topping with yogurt, use a dairy free yogurt option or simply do not use yogurt.
MAKE IT NUT-FREE: Don’t top with nuts or nut butter! You might enjoy toasted pumpkin seeds on top and a drizzle of sunbutter.