Sometimes I like creating new oatmeal flavors… At times my mind is blank and I have zero ideas for what my next oatmeal project could be and other times it is like the idea jumps out of nowhere into the forefront of my thought process until I give it a try. This happened over the weekend and viola! We have a new oatmeal flavor… well new for me:-)I love apples. A simple fruit, I know, but a good apple is so satisfying and they are available all year long. (I know it is a fact of life, but I struggle with certain fruits being seasonal. I want them all year long!) An apple is great on its own, but when you bake an apple, watch out. It is like grilling peaches. The flavor becomes enhanced and even more amazing than it originally was. For this oatmeal I combined a few of my favorite things: apples (baked), cinnamon, and oats (of course:-). We also get to add all of our other usual ingredients into the mix: protein powder to make it more filling, extra vanilla with the almond milk to give that rich/creamy taste, a pinch of salt to balance our flavors and some agave to give it just the right amount of sweetness.When you are baking your apples check them occasionally to make sure they don’t burn:-) Also, add the cinnamon in slowly. Start with one teaspoon and see if it needs more. Cinnamon is a wonderful thing… until you use too much (like salt!).
Baked Apple n’ Cinnamon Oatmeal
1 C oats
1-2 pinches of salt
2 T protein powder
Dash of nutmeg
1 ¼ t cinnamon
1 C almond milk
2 t vanilla
Agave to taste
- Set oven to 400 F. Dice apple and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until baked to your liking.
- Place oats, salt, protein powder, nutmeg and cinnamon into a bowl or pot. Mix ingredients together. Add milk, vanilla and agave to oat mixture.
- If you are cooking your oats on the stove turn the heat on medium high and stir occasionally until the oats are ready.
- If you are using the microwave cook it for a minute, stir and cook it for another minute. If it needs more time cook it in small increments.
- Top it with your baked apple and add more agave if needed.