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Are you ready for some cozy oatmeal for breakfast? I do. The cold days seem to arrive and I’m ready for some porridge. This Apple Raisin Oatmeal is warm and filling that would keep your body and mouth satisfying.
Apple Raisin Oatmeal Porridge
I’m not sure if I’ve said it before, but I’ll talk about it anyway. I’m not a big fan of cooked oatmeal because I don’t like the slimy texture that usually comes out in the end. So oftentimes I make overnight oats instead.
However, that’s a different scenario when there’s something I love intensely in this oatmeal porridge. In this case, apple and cinnamon.
Apple is one of my favorite fruits that I literally eat every single day, be it raw or cooked. I would like to emphasize how delicious cooked apple is. The heating procedure seems to draw out their sweet juice and make them mellow.
As for the cinnamon, I know it is a thing that people either love it or hate it because the common Vietnamese cinnamon usually has a very strong, intense smell. I’m OK with that but sometimes I find that I need to be careful while using it in recipes to not to let it get too overwhelming.
Fortunately, I was reading some articles about cinnamon and I found Ceylon cinnamon, which has a milder aroma and taste. What’s more, it’s also better for us since it has a lower level of Coumarin, a substance that might cause liver damage if consume too much. (Read more here)
Regardless of the health topic (I don’t sacrifice flavor for “extreme health reasons”, you know), it’s really the flavor that makes me fall in love with it so deeply.
If you think you don’t like cinnamon due to the pungent smell mentioned above, then I would recommend you to give Ceylon cinnamon a try and let me know how you feel about it. 🙂
Seems like I talk too much about cinnamon (oops), but that probably serves as evidence of my love toward it. Back to our apple raisin oatmeal. Where was I? Oh, apple and cinnamon, right.
Thanks to these two amazing ingredients that re-introduce oatmeal into my breakfast options. If you’re really not into cinnamon, it’s also fine to make it without it. But trust me it really tastes better if you just add a tiny bit of it.
Another hero in this oatmeal porridge is raisins. I don’t know why but lately I find that I don’t like eating dried fruit like dried cranberries and raisins on their own. (I still really love dates and prunes, though.)
I just feel dried fruits like raisins are a bit too dry for my taste, so I like to add them as ingredients in my breakfast cereal bowls or in porridges like this one.
Thanks to the natural sweetness from the raisins and apple, this oatmeal doesn’t need too much sugar to make it taste awesome. I just add some coconut sugar while cooking and a drizzle of maple syrup before serving.
As for the toppings, I love to add almond butter and walnuts to join this porridge party because they are such great complements for this delicious apple raisin oatmeal. It’s like a simple apple pie in the oatmeal form. And you could have an apple pie in a bowl in the morning. Sound great, right?
Another thing I also want to share is my way to reheat this apple raisin oatmeal if I got any leftover. I will put them in ramekins and store them in the fridge. On another morning, I will bake the leftover for about 10 minutes in the oven. And voila, you have your baked apple oatmeal. I actually love to do this cus the baking process makes the oatmeal smell so incredible.
Apple Raisin Oatmeal 蘋果葡萄乾燕麥粥
- 1 tsp coconut oil 椰子油
- 1 tsp
coconut sugar 椰糖
- 45 g (½ cup) rolled oats 傳統燕麥片
- 1 small apple 蘋果, chopped
- ½ tsp
ground cinnamon 肉桂粉
- 120 ml (½ cup) almond milk 杏仁奶, or other plant milk
- 80-120 ml (⅓-½ cup) water 水, adjust to the consistency you like
- 2 Tbsp raisins 葡萄乾
- 3 Tbsp applesauce 蘋果醬
- A small pinch of salt 鹽
- ½-1 Tbsp
almond butter 杏仁醬
- Place a small pot over medium heat. Add the coconut oil to get the pot heated.
- Then add the coconut sugar, apples, cinnamon, and rolled oats. Stir fry them for about 1 minute.
- Add the almond milk, water, raisins, and salt. Cook until the oats get soft or to the consistency you like. Serve with the almond butter and a small handful of chopped walnuts (or anything) on top if you like.