When it comes to breakfast, I tend to have a hard time mixing things up Monday through Friday. I am a creature of habit by nature and it can take some encouragement to try something new in the morning. I usually stick to a quick and easy bowl of cereal, a protein smoothie, or an easy egg sandwich on an English muffin. These meals always taste delicious, never let me down, and are hard to mess up when I am in a hurry to get out the door. After my first experience with protein pancakes on a Wednesday, I have some anxiety about trying new recipes during the work week. However, on the weekends I am much more open to change.
I have been eyeing Courtney and Ashley’s ‘Custard Oats’ recipes lately, and decided to give it a try. Custard Oats is basically stovetop oats with an egg or egg whites whisked in at the end of the cook time. It’s an ingenious way to enjoy a hot bowl of oats while getting in a hefty dose of protein that will keep you full for the morning ahead. After apple picking on my anniversary and eating an apple a day for a week now, I still have at least 10-15 apples left in the bag. In order to eat all of the fruit before it goes bad, I know I will have to get creative in the kitchen. This weekend I whipped up my own version of Custard Oats, and added a finely diced apple into the mix.
Apple-Cinnamon Harvest Oatmeal
- 1 cup oats
- 2 1/2 cups water
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 apple, finely diced
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons walnuts
- sprinkle of cinnamon
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add oats, water, salt, flax and cinnamon.
Whisk together and bring mixture to a boil. Continue stirring to keep oats from burning on the bottom of the pan, and to keep clumps from forming.
Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn heat to low and add in apple and whisk in egg whites.
Continue whisking for about 1 minute and let the apple heat heat through, simmering for another 2 minutes. (Cook an additional 3 minutes if you prefer apples to be less crunchy).
Place oatmeal in bowls and top with 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 tablespoon walnuts on top of each serving. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
The oatmeal turned out tasting as good as it smelled, and it warmed our stomachs and kept us full for hours. Serve this on a cool autumn morning to start the day in a healthy, filling and delicious way!
- What are your favorite apple recipes? Feel free to link-up to the best recipes you love!
- Have you tried custard oats before? What are your thoughts?
- What are your favorite add-ins, or toppings, for your bowl of oatmeal?