Hey there, if you’re new around these parts, check out the beginning of the oatmeal series: Berry Sunflower Oatmeal, Coconut Mango Oatmeal and Honey Banana Almond Oatmeal. When I came up with this oatmeal concept I’m sharing today, I thought for sure I would have a sweet, dessert style breakfast. I expected the flavors to burst in my mouth and satisfy my sweet tooth. I expected it to taste like an apple pie, you know?
Well, it didn’t. What I got instead was a nice, comforting bowl of oatmeal perfect for a cold morning. A spoonful of this had me thinking of seating by a fireplace, in a cozy rocking chair while my legs are covered in my favorite blanket as it snows outside. So it wasn’t crazy sweet, but it was perfect in its own way. I’m sure if I added a bit more brown sugar, I could have had the dessert breakfast bowl I was imagining. However, I was content to enjoy the warmth of the ginger boosted by a hint of cinnamon. Random fact: I’m not a fan of cinnamon when it overwhelms a dish.
I think the next time I make this, I would soak ginger in some water and add that to my oatmeal to get a stronger kick. I wasn’t satisfied with the spice level in my cup of oatmeal. Speaking of cup, how pretty does my oatmeal look in these tall glasses? I just like the way the milk and oatmeal looks on the side of the glass. And I was feeling “f’risky”, so I decided to garnish with some apply slices.
½ cup oatmeal
1 cup water
1/2 apple, cubed
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Brown sugar to sweeten
Apple slices, optional
Place apple cubes in a small saucepan and cover with water and bring to boil on high heat till apples are soft; approximately 5 minutes. Combine oatmeal and cold water in a pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stir your oatmeal at regular intervals to prevent it from burning and aid in even cooking. Once it’s cooked to your preferred consistency, add in apples and stir for an additional minute. Pour into a bowl (or tall glass), sprinkle ginger, cinnamon and add in your sweetener of choice. Stir, eat and be happy as you go through your day.
Note: Sweetener Options: While I think brown sugar is the most complimentary sweetener for this version of oatmeal, you can swap it out for your preference – white sugar, honey (another personal preference), agave nectar etc. Sides: I like to include extra protein in my breakfast by eating it with a hardboiled egg, like the sweeteners, stick to your preference – bacon, franks, sausage, chicken wings etc. Or totally forgo this by doubling the portion above for a filling breakfast.