Chai spiced oatmeal with caramelized apples

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Chai spiced oatmeal with easy coconut caramel apples is the kind of delicious, healthy breakfast dreams are made of. Great for making ahead as well.

Chai spiced oatmeal with caramelized apples

Creamy oatmeal is an absolute joy on chilly mornings when you need something warm and filling to start the day. I love adding spices and flavorings to oats to mix things up and I think I’ve stumbled upon a winner with this chai spiced oatmeal served with coconut caramelized apples. It is the kind of recipe I can’t wait to eat.

Not only is it so absolutely delicious (I mean, just look at that caramel!) but it’s also filled with goodness and a great, healthy breakfast recipe. I love to make a big pot of oats at the beginning of the week and allow it to cool in the same pot as cooking, before storing it in the fridge as is every morning I just spoon out a portion and re-heat with a splash of milk. It’s perfect for meal prep and will guarantee a healthy breakfast, every morning with minimal effort on your part.

Caramelized apples

The coconut caramel apples makes a great topping for the creamy oats but can also be served with a dollop of yogurt for an easy grain-free breakfast. I like to leave the skin on the apples as they add great texture but you could also peel them. The caramelized apples can also be made ahead making breakfast assembly easy as pie. Using coconut sugar and coconut milk/cream adds a little more nutrition to this recipe but you could definitely substitute brown sugar and heavy/whipping cream if you preferred.

Chai-spiced oatmeal with caramelized apples

What are the benefits of eating oatmeal?

Oatmeal is an incredibly healthy food and the perfect thing to start your day with. The soluble fiber slows digestion and feeds the good bacteria needed for a healthy gut. Other health benefits of oats include:

  1. Because they’re gluten free (make sure to check the packaging as often oatmeal is packaged in factories where other gluten-containing grains are), they’re a great source of fiber for those suffering from coeliac disease or gluten intolerances.
  2. Oatmeal is filled with antioxidants that help lower blood pressure and have anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Contains Beta-Glucan (soluble fiber) which reduces LDL cholesterol, blood sugar and keeps you fuller for longer.

How to make oatmeal:

Oatmeal is incredibly easy to make and requires only a handful of ingredients. I like to cook oats with water, a pinch of salt and flavorings like spices or citrus peel. To add creaminess, add a knob of butter and a little cream/coconut milk right at the end of cooking and then allow the oats to steam, covered, for a further 10 minutes. This allows the grains to finish cooking and results in a delicious, creamy end result.

 

4.89 from 9 votes
Chai-spiced oatmeal with caramelized apples
Chai spiced oatmeal with caramelized apples
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Chai spiced oatmeal with easy coconut caramel apples is the kind of delicious, healthy breakfast dreams are made of. Great for making ahead as well. 

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramelized apples, easy breakfast recipe, oatmeal
Servings: 8
Calories: 315 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 8 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup cream/coconut milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
For the caramelized apples
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 apples cored and chopped
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • ½ cup cream/coconut milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine the oats, spices, water and salt in a medium-sized pot and bring to a simmer. 

  2. Allow the oats to simmer for 15 minutes stirring every few minutes, until the water has been absorbed and the oats are almost cooked through. 

  3. Stir in the butter and cream/coconut milk and turn off the heat. Cover with a lid and allow to steam for 10 minutes. 

  4. For the caramelized apples, melt the butter in a frying pan then add the apples. 

  5. Cook the apples until golden brown then add the sugar and cream/coconut milk and allow to cook until the sugar has dissolved and has formed a thick sauce. 

  6. Serve the chai-spiced oatmeal with the caramelized apples and a dollop of yogurt. 

Nutrition Facts
Chai spiced oatmeal with caramelized apples
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Potassium 292mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 17g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 7.6%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 10.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Hannah
    Reply

    This was the most delicious breakfast. I was getting so tired of standard oatmeal and the spices and apples really made this something special.

  • Alice
    Reply

    Most comforting breakfast. Made the oatmeal in my slow cooker and woke up the most delicious smell.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Love the idea of letting the slow cooker do all the work!

  • Gayle
    Reply

    Even my non-oats eating husband loved this recipe. This thumbs up!

  • Carine
    Reply

    This was delicious. Loved the apples.

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci
    Reply

    Such a dreamy fall breakfast! I love the caramelized apples!

  • Nadia
    Reply

    Decided to make this while cooking dinner tonight and sneaked a taste before putting it all in the fridge. Oh my word! Honestly the yummiest oats I’ve ever tasted and those apples are just so delicious. They would be great over ice cream for dessert.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I’m so happy to hear that Nadia. And yes, those apples would be an awesome ice cream topping.

  • Gloria
    Reply

    That looks like the most comforting breakfast. definitely trying this soon.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      It is the perfect comforting breakfast. 🙂

  • Reply

    Love chai spices! This looks like such a deliciously cozy breakfast Alida!

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