This Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple is the ultimate healthy + hearty recipe. This Oatmeal is not only vegan, but it’s creamy, full of sweet flavor, and will surely keep you full all morning! The warm caramelized apples atop gives a great sweet and tart balance (while the pecans add a nice crunch) that helps this dish burst with fall season spice goodness! Plus, it is made in no time (10 minutes to be exact!) and the cleanup after is a breeze (at least it was for me)!
After a hectic few days, nursing my little guy back to health after a pretty bad cold, I decided to make a nice breakfast that would pack a great punch when it comes to vitamins and minerals. If you weren’t already aware, oatmeal is a great source of a ton of nutrients such as Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Folate, Zinc, and so many others. In addition, it is a great food for providing good amounts of fiber and other antioxidants that are important to our body’s functioning. All in all, oatmeal just makes for an awesome quick and healthy meal that saves the day, right?
Anyway, this recipe is in fact vegan and uses such ingredients right through. Chia seeds, which are included in the oatmeal, are a great plant based seed that offers a load of antioxidants, fiber, high quality protein, and Omega-3, and more! It’s definitely a super packed breakfast meal, Ya’ll with twice the nutritious value!
To add a nice sweetness and a bit of tart, I chose to add caramelized apples by adding 2 medium apples (peeled + sliced) to a small pot, then adding 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1 Tbsp of brown sugar (organic of course!), 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 1 Tbsp of vegan butter. Simply let everything warm up nicely in the pot on medium-high until the mixture becomes thick and the apples are nice and tender (maybe about 5 minutes or so with constant stirring). BAMM! That’s it.
The best thing about this dish is that my little guy (who is a picky eater by the way!) LOVED this oatmeal! So, be sure to give this one a try with your kiddies to see if they’ll enjoy their oatmeal. And don’t worry, It’s not incredibly sweet, even with all the toppings and inside elements, so the little ones won’t be jumping off the rooftops from this one. Instead, they’ll be full until lunch, satisfied from the bit of sweetness, and all around healthy!
9 Need To Know + Incredible Benefits of Eating Oatmeal:
- Oats Are Incredibly Nutritious
- Whole Oats Are Rich in Antioxidants, Including Avenanthramides
- Oats Contain a Powerful Soluble Fiber Called Beta-Glucan
- They Can Lower Cholesterol Levels and Protect LDL Cholesterol From Damage
- Oats Can Improve Blood Sugar Control
- Oatmeal Is Very Filling and May Help You Lose Weight
- Finely Ground Oats May Help With Skin Care
- They May Decrease the Risk of Childhood Asthma
- Oats May Help Relieve Constipation
There you have it—-Oatmeal is a WINNER, Ya’ll!
Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple
- 1 cup rolled oats (I used Bob Red Mills)
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- pinch of sea salt
- 3 cups coconut milk
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (You can use your own favorite nuts!)
- caramelized apples, for garnish
- 1 Tbsp organic cane sugar, optional (Can be added to sweeten Oatmeal if desired)
Add oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt to a medium pot on medium high heat. Then add coconut milk and stir to combine. Heat for 8-10 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the oats thicken and become fluffy. **Add cane sugar if sweetening is desired!**
Once done, remove from heat and portion oats into two bowls and serve with caramelized apples and chopped pecans as the topping.
There you have it—Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple to start the day off right!
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