I won’t lie to you. I’ve never been the biggest fan of oats. I never really liked the texture. But then a few years ago I ate oats at a swanky hotel (only because it was part of the set breakfast menu) and I fell in love. It was creamy and rich and absolutely delicious. I mean, it’s kind of counter-productive to have healthy oats with a lot of cream and butter but yowza, it does make it absolutely scrumptious. Even though this does include a little butter, I like to cook the oats in a mixture of coconut milk and boiling water. You could of course use any milk you want (almond milk would also be good). To add more texture and flavour I added grated apple, dried cranberries and toasted walnuts. A pinch of ground cinnamon turned this into the apple pie oatmeal that I have made for breakfast almost every morning for the last few weeks. Even though this apple pie version is just wonderful, any fruit or nuts could be added. I think a few berries and a drizzle of honey would be a wonderful Summer alternative to this more autumnal recipe. What are your breakfast stand-bys? Those recipes that just make their way into your life and become regulars?
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup hot water
- pinch of salt
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1 Granny Smith apple grated
- 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon toasted walnuts
- sweetener of your choice to taste (optional)
- 1 tablespoon butter
Combine the oats, coconut milk, water salt and cinnamon in a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
Allow to simmer for 5 minutes then add the apple, cranberries and walnuts.
Remove the saucepan from the heat then cover and allow to steam for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, stir in the butter and sweetener (if using) and serve.
(I topped mine with a few cubes of apple and a few cranberries and walnuts but this is optional.)