It’s a bowl of apple pie for breakfast! Plus, this oatmeal is vegan and gluten-free
First things first: Did you know that Vladimir Putin is officially single? It’s true – he’s recently divorced. Do you think he’ll have trouble finding a new girlfriend? Maybe he’ll put up a profile on an online dating site, something along the lines of: “Russian President, motorcycle rider and lover of horses. Slight tendency to invade other nations. Frequently shirtless.”
I suppose we’ll have to wait and see how much success Vladimir Putin (or “Vlad”?) has.
I have to admit, reading this story about Vladimir Putin does make me think about the stark differences between Europe and the US. Can you imagine if a US President became divorced while in office? I think the news media’s collective brain would explode.
Then again, I can’t imagine a US President riding a motorcycle (without a helmet!) with a biker gang. Or riding a horse while shirtless. Really, what’s with all the shirtless photos of Vladimir Putin? If you’re reading this, Putin, please explain the lack of upper body clothing.
And yes, I’m sure that the President of Russia is reading this. Probably to get some new breakfast ideas.
Speaking of breakfast, I’ll finally move on to today’s recipe! It’s my new-and-improved Apple Pie Oatmeal.
Initially, all I wanted to do was take some better pictures of the original Apple Pie Oatmeal recipe, but then I couldn’t resist changing some things. I felt like the recipe called for too many “pinches” of things – and I’m someone who generally prefers more precise measurements. So I made several new versions of the Apple Pie Oatmeal until I was convinced it was right!
I have also discovered that chia seeds make oatmeal even better. They help turn the oatmeal into a creamier, more cohesive bowl of deliciousness – so I highly recommend them, especially if your oatmeal doesn’t have any banana.
If you’re someone who likes to have your breakfast as prepared as physically possible the night before, you’re in luck! The night before, in a container of some form (I used a Pyrex dish with a lid), combine the following ingredients (using the quantities in the recipe below):
- The apple, grated
- Lemon juice
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground ginger
- Ground cloves
- Vanilla extract
I know what you’re thinking, “Won’t the apple go bad?” No, it doesn’t! Now don’t be fooled – since you have the spices in there, it looks brown (and admittedly very unappealing). But the lemon juice ensures that the apple remains crunchy and tasty. Just add in this mixture at Step 2, where it says to add the apple.
And voilà, you’ve officially saved yourself some precious time in the morning!
Note: For anyone wanting to seriously save time in the morning, consider taking a look at my Overnight Oatmeal recipes.
Side note: The photos in this post were updated on December 5, 2014.
- 1 apple
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/16 teaspoon ground cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon molasses
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Chopped walnuts, to serve
- Grate the apple with a box grater (unless you have another contraption that can grate apples). Alternatively, grate half the apple and dice the other half.
- In a saucepan, bring the almond milk and lemon juice to a boil, and then turn down the heat to medium-low. Add the grated apple and chia seeds, and stir well. Add the rolled oats and stir again.
- Add the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, molasses and vanilla extract.
- When you are pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer it to a bowl and top with the chopped walnuts. Enjoy!