This morning I am running my coldest race ever. It’s a Cupid 5K and it is currently 4 degrees out…you better believe I’m doing everything I can to build up as much body heat as I can before my mom and I brave the elements. That includes wearing three layers of pants and thermal shirts plus two hats, all while bundled up in front of the heater.
I also made a hearty bowl of these delicious, warming apple pie oats this morning to fuel me through. These are so, so good and are a stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal. They definitely start your day off on the right foot and will keep you full until lunch. Although they do require a stovetop (as opposed to the microwave like my other oatmeal recipes), it’s worth the wee bit of extra time and is completely necessary in order for the apple to soften all the way. Plus, this recipe serves two, so you can always save the second portion for breakfast the next day. Enjoy and stay warm!
Apple Pie Oatmeal
1 cup rolled oats
1Tbs. ground flaxseed (optional)
1 apple, chopped
2 Tbs. dried cherries or raisins (optional)
1 Tbs. brown sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
cinnamon to taste
pinch of nutmeg
2 cups milk
nuts or nut butter (optional)
Combine oats, flax, apple, spices and milk in a medium-sized saucepan on medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce to low and simmer until desired consistency is reached. Add brown sugar, vanilla, dried fruit and nuts. Serves two, or divide in half and save the other portion for later.