This Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is our kid-approved, go-to breakfast in our house. Not to mention warm breakfast, which you can make it even better with lots of fresh fruit or seed toppings. We love it with banana, peach, strawberries, cherries, kiwis, oranges, puffed quinoa, sunflower seeds and even with chocolate chips. Endless possibilities for you to make this basic oatmeal recipe to your taste.
How to make delicious oatmeal on a stove top?
The easiest way to cook oats is by using a small non-stick saucepan. I have a 3-quart Tefal saucepan, which I love. It is perfect to make quick and warm oatmeal in the morning.
In our basic gluten-free and dairy-free oatmeal recipe, I use
- 1 cup gluten-free quick oats
- 2 cup dairy-free milk, which is usually this homemade cashew milk, and
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
That being said apart from coconut milk, which alters the flavor too much I think, I basically tried every other kind: almond, cashew, and rice. They all make yummy oatmeal.
How to turn it into apple cinnamon oatmeal?
While the oatmeal is cooking, I peel and grate an apple. I only add the grated apples at the very end, so they stay crunchy and hopefully retains their nutrients better. One teaspoon of cinnamon and voila you have a Vegan Oatmeal with apples and cinnamon for two ready in 10 minutes. This is the only type of oatmeal my daughter really loves and eats it with great vigor.
How to make this healthy oatmeal even more nutritious?
I usually add chia seeds and/or flax seeds (1 Tbsp per serving) and sneak in some peanut butter (1 tsp per serving).
Chia seed is an amazing food. Healthline lists 11 benefits of having chia seeds in your meals. According to Cronometer
1 Tbsp of chia seeds is a great source of protein (1.2 g), Omega-3 fat (1.8 g) and fiber (3.4 g), high in Vitamin K, Calcium and Magnesium.
If I would like to max out on plant-based Omega-3 fat I add flax seeds as well. According to Cronometer
1 Tbsp of flax seeds is also a great source of protein (1.9 g), Omega-3 fat (2.4 g) and fiber (2.9 g), high in Vitamin B1, Copper, and Magnesium.
Healthy toppings for oatmeal
We love to add various toppings like
- sour fruits to complement the sweetness of the oatmeal like kiwis, oranges, sour cherries or mixed berries
- my daughter loves it with some banana slices or strawberries
- we also often sprinkle them with puffed quinoa or puffed amaranth, sunflower seeds or sesame seeds
- you can also add almond pulp or other nut pulp that remains after making homemade nut milk
This recipe will give you 2 servings of Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal on Stove Top. They are dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free, suitable for a vegan and vegetarian diet. However, it is only gluten-free if you buy certified gluten-free quick oats like this one. Oats are naturally gluten-free, although they are usually cross-contaminated with other grains. If you are interested to read more about oats, you can always visit the UK’s Coeliac Website.
Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 1 cup Gluten-free quick oats 100 g
- 2 cup Dairy-free milk 4 dl
- 1 Apple (grated)
- 2 Tbsp Coconut sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp Chia seeds optional
- 1 Tbsp Flax seeds optional
- 1-2 tsp Peanut butter optional (our homemade peanut butter recipe)
- Add gluten-free quick oats, oat milk or homemade cashew milk and all optional ingredients (chia seeds, flax seeds or peanut butter) in a pan and cook them on medium heat for a couple of minutes.
- When the oat absorbs a large part of the milk and starts to thicken, add the grated apple, the coconut sugar, and the cinnamon.
- Stir constantly and cook for another minute, then turn the heat off.
- I usually wait a couple of minutes for the oatmeal to thicken and cool before serving.
- Optional to add 1 Tbsp chia seeds or flax seeds per serving at the first step for making it more nutritious.
- Also optional to add 1 tsp peanut butter per serving at the first step.
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