Many of my clients choose oatmeal as a breakfast option every day, sometimes I hear they get bored of the spices and flavorings. There is so so much that you can do to add variety to this breakfast staple.
One of the more recent options clients have been trying is adding a tbsp or two of peanut butter in oatmeal. It's a great way of adding some protein and gives it a rich and creamy texture. If you are like me you may be missing the pie flavors from last week so check out this apple pie oatmeal for a yummy breakfast option
1 medium apple, cored and roughly chopped
1/4 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoons maple syrup
Pinch of salt
1 cup rolled oats
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk (or your milk of choice)
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (or any nut)
Combine the apple, apple juice, vanilla, cinnamon, all spice, maple syrup, and salt in a small pot over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the apples are soft and the juice has reduced by about half, 4 to 5 minutes. They should slightly caramelize.
Add the remaining ingredients — and turn the heat to medium-high. The mixture should smell great by this point.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oats are cooked and the mixture is thick. Serve immediately.
Caitlin Johnson is a dietitian, wife, lover of ice cream, chef wannabe, California-girl, Christian, liver eating, "food-avore."
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