Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple

October 12, 2017

This Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple is the ultimate healthy + hearty recipe. This Oatmeal is creamy, packed with warm spices, and will surely keep you full all morning! The warm caramelized apples atop gives a great sweet and tart balance, while the nuts add a nice crunch that helps this dish burst with fall season goodness! Plus, it’s made in no time (10-15 minutes to be exact!) and it’s all vegan and gluten-free. Overnight option available.

Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple

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!

Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple

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.

Looking for a Healthier Sweetener Option?

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So Why Chia Seeds Anyway?

OK, so did you know that Chia Seeds are considered a superfood? Yup. It is. For those of you who are wondering what a superfood is anyway—-whelp, it’s pretty simple.

Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that are considered to be especially beneficial to one’s health and well-being.

While there isn’t just one type of food that can fight away any one disease, etc.; having an array of good foods (including superfoods) and a well-balanced diet is the key to overall good health.

When it comes to Chia Seeds, this type of food falls under the ‘Nuts and Seeds’ category of superfoods. They are generally rich in fiber, vegetarian protein, and heart-healthy fats.

Research has indicated that eating nuts and seeds helps to protect us against heart disease.

While some nuts and seeds are dense in calories, Chia Seeds have very few calories which often makes it a great option when adding it to meals and drinks.

Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple

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!

BENEFITS OF OATS!?

If you aren’t familiar, oats are super nutritious! They include a great source of carbs, fiber (the soluble kind!), protein, and fat. In addition, they are loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant.

Other great benefits:

  • They can help to lower cholesterol.
  • Improves Blood Sugar levels.
  • May help with losing weight.
  • Great alternative for skincare.
  • Helps to relieve constipation.

Looking For Great Ideas for Oats?

OK, so if you’re a lover of oatmeal, then I’d recommend heading over to our Breakfast Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seeds Oats, which is such an easy recipe to whip together.

To add a bit of Spring-like flavor to your morning routine, this Healthy Cranberry Orange Oats with Pistachios recipe is a MUST as well. Packed with great, bold flavor and nutrients, this oatmeal is a sure way to get your tastebuds dancing and your tummy full for a few hours before needing another bite to eat. Haha.

On the other hand, one of our most loved oatmeal recipes are these Flourless Vegan Banana Oats Waffles! Made right in a blender, these Gluten-Free waffles are naturally sweetened, fluffy, thick, airy, and full of flavor. The perfect breakfast or brunch dish with the perfect taste for your mornings!

And then there are these Fluffy Vegan Oatmeal Whole Wheat Pancakes, which are completely fluffy and oil-free and are truly irresistible.

Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple

What Did I use in These Oats Exactly?

Thick Cut Rolled Oats (Gluten-Free)

Almond Milk

Fall Spices

Chia Seeds

Sea Salt

Apples

Maple Syrup

Nuts (Walnuts, Pecans, etc.)

Organic Brown Sugar

Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple

Now let’s dig right into this recipe, shall we?

Add oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, pinch of ground cloves and sea salt to a medium pot on medium-high heat. Then add in Almond milk and stir to combine until it begins to boil.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the oats thicken and become fluffy and all of the liquid has been absorbed. In the final 2-3 minutes, stir in the maple syrup.

Caramelized Apples:

In a large skillet of medium-high heat, add the butter and heat until melted. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt and stir until well combined and ‘bubbly’.

Add the apples and toss until well coated and cook for 8-10 minutes, until tender and the sauce has thickened.

Once oatmeal has fully cooked, remove from heat and portion oats into two bowls and top with caramelized apples and chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc.) as garnish.

Bon Appetit!

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Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple

Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple

Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal with Caramelized Apple

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rolled oats, gluten-free (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (I use Navitas Organics)
  • 3 cups Almond milk (I use Califia Farms)
  • 2-3 Tbsps pure maple syrup (See Notes!)
  • 1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of sea salt

Caramelized Apples:

  • 2 Tbsps vegan butter
  • 3 Tbsps organic brown sugar, Vegan-approved (I use Sugar in the Raw)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3 Medium Granny smith apples, peeled + sliced into wedges

Garnish:

  • handful of chopped nuts (You can use Pecans, Walnuts, Almonds, etc.)

Instructions

  • Add oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, pinch of ground cloves and sea salt to a medium pot on medium-high heat. Then add in Almond milk and stir to combine until it begins to boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the oats thicken and become fluffy and all of the liquid has been absorbed. In the final 2-3 minutes, stir in the maple syrup.

Caramelized Apples:

  • In a large skillet of medium-high heat, add the butter and heat until melted. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt and stir until well combined and 'bubbly'.
  • Add the apples and toss until well coated and cook for 8-10 minutes, until tender and the sauce has thickened.
  • Once oatmeal has fully cooked, remove from heat and portion oats into two bowls and top with caramelized apples and chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc.) as garnish.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Perfect for meal prep for the week!
SWEETENER: Instead of maple syrup, you can simply use Agave or add an additional 1/2 cup mashed bananas to oats as a sweetener.
OVERNIGHT OPTION: Simply add all oatmeal ingredients to a bowl and mix together until combined. Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours). Once ready to serve, make Caramelized Apples and top overnight oats and enjoy.
 

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  1. I made this this morning and it was delicious! The recipe was easy to follow and all the ingredients are things i regularly have on hand. Packaged oatmeal is way too sweet and this was the perfect amount, plus the apples added a juicy zing. We got 3 servings from it and I feel full, but not heavy. Will definitely be making this again!

    • Hi Brittany! I’m so glad that you enjoyed this recipe! It’s definitely a fave in our house for sure!! 🙂

  2. Wonderful! I had to use instant oats, but the recipe still came out so tasty. Topped with a little plain Greek yogurt made this perfect for my pre-workout meal.

    • Hi Lisa! I’m so glad that you enjoyed this recipe! It’s definitely an easy, quick breakfast meal that’s one of my favorites! 🙂

  3. This is one of my favorite fall recipes – I meal prep a double recipe and portion out for my breakfast during the week. It reheats so well!

    • Hi Amanda! I’m definitely trying to get in the routine of eating oatmeal daily as well. There are so many ways to revamp oatmeal so it’s such a good way to keep your tastebuds from getting bored.

    • Coconut milk makes it so much more creamy! I definitely recommend! Also, thanks so much for sharing this! I truly appreciate it!

  4. OK so I eat oatmeal EVERY morning haha!!
    ANDDDD I have chia seeds
    NEVER thought of putting them together like this even though it makes total SENSE!!
    Ugh – shame on me and yay on you!!

    • OMG, really? I never really got into the whole oatmeal game of having it every morning! BUT I do see why people love it daily! Yes, girl! You need to try them together. It’s bomb! 🙂

    • Hi Melissa! Yes, we try to do the same, especially when it comes to desserts as a way to lead our little one by example! Be sure to let me know how it turns out when you do decide to try it!