I think it’s fair to say that fall is here! The weather cooled down, pumpkin everything popping up on every food website. Apple this, apple that, spiced this, spiced that. What is there not to love? I have to admit that the fall/wintertime has to be my favorite time of year. All the food is comforting, a hot cup of tea feels 5384958439 times more amazing than it did before, going out for a walk everyone is smiling and happy. Everything is just better…and I don’t care who doesn’t agree!
For people who just grab a piece of fruit for breakfast and don’t even think about it, shame on you! Breakfast is the way to change your whole mood around about having to wake up early on a Monday morning! You can even use instant oats! So it’s just that quick and delicious to bring a warm bowl of autumn into your morning routine, not to mention how healthy and nutrition packed it is (I know you want to).
With just enough sweetness and tang, this oatmeal is a definite pleaser for those chilly mornings ahead. You can also make 2 servings, and refrigerate one so that you have breakfast (or a snack) for the following morning.
Makes 2 servings
1/4 cup walnut halves
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup plain instant oats
pinch of salt
1/4 cup raisins
1 medium red apple, chopped into small chunks
1 tbsp firmly packed dark brown sugar
pinch of nutmeg
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 cup non fat milk (or almond milk)
1. Lightly toast walnut halves until fragrant and browning, allow to cool, then coarsely chop.
2. In a small saucepan, bring water, oats, salt, raisins, and apples to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer until all the water is absorbed into the oats (a few minutes).
3. Take off the heat, stir in vanilla, nutmeg, and brown sugar.
4. Divide into serving bowls, pour 1/4 cup milk on each and sprinkle with toasted walnuts and cinnamon.