A Christmas-themed oatmeal for one with a grated apple and festive spices. Gluten free and vegan.
I am currently feeling very Christmasy. For ages, I wasn’t really into it – sure, I made a couple of Christmas-themed oatmeals – such as the Christmas Pudding Oatmeal and Gingerbread Oatmeal – but I wasn’t really ‘feeling it’, so to speak. I was thinking, ‘Christmas is a while away, it’s too early to get excited about it!’
But then… bam! It was less than a week until Christmas!
What happened to my days? Did I go into hibernation like a bear and miss most of December?
Anyway, as it’s only two days until Christmas, today’s breakfast was once again Christmas-themed. This morning, I was pretty much in heaven as the kitchen filled with aromas of apple and sweet spices. For me, anything with cinnamon and cloves immediately feels festive.
Just to make sure there’s no confusion, this is not an alcoholic oatmeal! I know in Europe ‘cider’ refers to an alcoholic drink, but this recipe is based on the North American version of apple cider, which generally doesn’t contain alcohol. Instead, it’s similar to apple juice, just a little cloudier.
If you don’t have any apple cider, either apple juice or water will work in this recipe. Since there’s a grated apple, the oatmeal will still have plenty of apple flavor.
To make this feel even more festive, top this oatmeal with a cinnamon stick. It may not be the most practical topping, but it will look pretty (which is important too, no?). Otherwise, stick with some chopped nuts and/or fresh fruit.
Now, having realized that there are only two days until Christmas, I have some serious shopping and wrapping to do!
This post was updated (with new pictures) in October 2015.
- 1 apple
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ cup apple cider or cloudy apple juice (or water)
- ½ cup rolled oats
- Pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon orange zest
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- Pinch of ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon blackstrap molasses
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Chopped nuts, to serve
- Grate or shred the apple. Alternatively, grate half the apple and dice the other half.
- In a saucepan, bring the almond milk and apple cider to a boil, and then turn down the heat to medium. Add the rolled oats and salt, and stir well.
- Add the grated apple, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
- Stir in the molasses and vanilla extract.
- When the oats have absorbed the liquid and are creamy, transfer the oatmeal to a bowl. Top with some chopped nuts, and enjoy!
I used a box grater to grate my apple
If you don't have any blackstrap molasses, either add a teaspoon of brown sugar or just leave them out.