Recipe: Quick, Simple Handmade Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Simple Oatmeal Recipe Good Morning Everyone!  I don't typically share recipes on my blog. However, if you recall from this post, I talked about sharing more of what is important to me, outside of the things that I make.

Like I mentioned in that post, indobay will always be about living Simply & lovely. That won’t change. Yet, there are so many ways to express that philosophy…ways in which I don’t feel I’ve always shared but that are part of my daily life and really make me happy and excited!

A healthy lifestyle has always been a priority in my life for as long as I can remember. It was during my college days in San Francisco where I studied Psychology & Holistic Health that I really became interested in how the Mind, Body & Soul were all connected.  Eating and especially learning about cooking with more plant-based, whole foods has really become a priority.  I have come across tons of recipes lately. I have prepared recipes that have taken me a few hours and some that have taken me 30 minutes to prepare. What I have realized is that you don't need to spend a bunch of money on gathering tons of spices and ingredients that you may only use a couple of times. Nor do recipes have to take you hours to make to be good for you. In my zeal for my new found recipes I did just that. Yet, I always come back to my roots which is all about things being SIMPLE.

Ok, enough with my jabbering. Until very recently, I use to eat the pre-sweetened, packaged instant oatmeal but knew that I could make my own healthier version. I love the idea of knowing exactly what is going into the foods that I make for me and my family.

Today I wanted to share with you a recipe that is extremely easy to make, doesn't require any fancy ingredients and most importantly is good for you and quite yummy!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED (makes 1 serving):

  • 1 cup *organic rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 organic apple, cut in cubes
  • Fine sea salt to taste
  • ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Bring a pot or kettle of water to boil.

Combine the oats, maple syrup, nuts and apple in a bowl. Add a pinch or two of the sea salt, then pour on enough hot water to just cover the oats. It's best to add less water at first than to add too much right away. Otherwise, too much water will make for watery oatmeal. Cover the bowl with a pot lid or plate, and let the oatmeal stand until the oats have absorbed the water. I find 3-5 minutes works for me. Stir. This is when you can add a little more water if the oats look too dry. Let the oatmeal cool a little, and then drizzle with the flaxseed oil if you choose.

Bon appetit!

*Please note I mention using organic ingredients. That is just my personal preference. However, I don't think anyone should feel like they HAVE TO use all organic ingredients to be healthy. Here is a list that I use when trying to decide which foods are best to buy organic and which foods I can get away with not buying organic.

I hope you will try out this recipe and let me know what you think. I love this recipe because it easy enough to make on those school days where you are trying to get your kids off to school with a healthy breakfast but don't have a ton of time.

If you have an easy, healthy breakfast recipe please feel free to share in the comments below. I love new recipe ideas!