Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal- GF/V
A healthy breakfast staple to keep you fueled! If apple cinnamon oatmeal doesn’t make you think back to “the good old days” I’m not sure we can be friends 😀
Oatmeal is just one of those things your parents and grandma tell you to eat in order to stay warm in cold weather (like hot chocolate right? RIGHT??) and to “keep your tummy full”. And it turns out, they were right. I hate it when that happens. But this healthy apple oatmeal recipe is so much more than that. Tasty, amazing to smell and definitely fueling this healthy oatmeal breakfast is a necessity.
Alright, so we’ve established that healthy oatmeal for breakfast is healthy because our grandma’s said so (and we all know you do not mess with a grandma!).
And this is probably true.. back in the day.
But like everything else in today’s world, we tend to rely on the easy, instant and sugar filled variety. Meaning, our typical bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal actually isn’t that healthy.
But you can change!
Why To Make The Switch From Store Bought Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Pre-made oatmeal packets tend to contain a lot of ingredients that don’t really contribute to a healthy breakfast. Mainly, sugar. And the sugar-filled apple cinnamon oatmeal flavor was always my favorite as a kid 😉
In fact, it’s increasingly difficult to find healthy breakfast ideas that are not loaded with sugar (though here are some great toddler breakfast recipes that are far healthier options).
Thanks to all this added and unnecessary sugar, it’s no wonder kids have trouble concentrating in school when their morning fuel is sugar based. Not only do they get all wound up but they crash soon after, they become hungry and focus is out of the question.
That said, there is definitely sugar in this apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe! I just like to be the one in control of how much.
And this apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is just as easy to make as any store bought oatmeal.
Making Oatmeal For Busy Mornings
One of the reasons that moms shy away from making their own healthy oatmeal recipes for breakfast is that “it takes too much time”.
But healthy. oatmeal fr breakfast isn’t difficult to whip up ( though here are some make ahead breakfast ideas if that’s more your jam). And the extra two minutes it takes is very much worth it to keep you and the kids FULL, FUELED and ready to tackle the day without an impending sugar crash?!
Also, regular oats are less processed than the instant variety and therefore have much more nutrition in their little flakes.
It sounds obvious and while I understand how simple the pre-made oatmeal packets are, it really is insanely easy to make your favorite oatmeal flavors using real, whole food ingredients.
Another perk of this apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is that is uses mostly natural sugars.Dates coupled witt pure maple syrup (#iamcanadian) is a sweet combination and makes this morning breakfast bowl deliciously tasty.
Plus, the apple cinnamon combo is a classic (like these baked cinnamon apples)! Not only does it taste great but it smells drool worthy too 😉 There’s nothing like the decadent smell of a hot meal to get kiddos out of bed!
Truthfully, a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast is not only a healthy way to start the day but a comforting one. It’s warm, cozy and delightfully filling. There’s a reason oats have been used for years and it’s because they have so much good in them!
So take the extra couple of minutes in the morning and whip up a batch of apple cinnamon oatmeal for you and the kids. It takes a few minutes to thicken so use that time to get dressed, packed and then enjoy a beautifully fueling breakfast.
Ingredients In The Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 1/3 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 6 dates, chopped
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1 apple peeled and grated
- 1/4 cup Walnuts
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
How To Make Healthy Oatmeal For Breakfast
In a small pot combine the oats, chia, almond milk, cinnamon and dates. Heat over medium heat for 6-9 minutes until rolling boil.
Add in the apple and reduce heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Remove from heat and let sit to thicken.
In the meantime toast the walnuts in the oven at 300 for 5-8 minutes or until just turning brown.
Stir in the maple syrup, pour into a bowl and top with toasted walnuts.
Makes one large bowl or two small.
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Oatmeal is a classic breakfast staple and this healthy apple oatmeal is even better! It's paleo, decadent and a fueling way to start your day. Makes one super large or two small servings.
Healthy Apple Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a classic breakfast staple and this healthy apple oatmeal is even better! It's paleo, decadent and a fueling way to start your day.
Makes one super large or two small servings.
Oatmeal is a classic staple for breakfast- especially on a chilly day! This healthy apple oatmeal has a delicious cinnamon smell and is beautifully filling for little kids and busy moms. It’s made with real, whole food ingredients, it’s paleo and it makes the perfect start to your day.