Oatmeal

November 18th, 2019

Apple Cider Oatmeal: The Best Winter Breakfast

Oatmeal is the best winter breakfast. A strong statement, but I’ll stand by it. When you wake up in the dark and your first order of business is hauling yourself outside to scrape off the car, you need something comforting, cozy, and stick-to-your-ribs to get you through the day. Enter, oatmeal.

Hearty. Warming. Filling. And almost endlessly adaptable. This recipe is one I came up with last year after I tried my hand at making apple cider caramels and had lots of leftover cider. You already know about our apple cider producer, the wonderful, organic Filsinger’s farm. And while, of course, you can stick to drinking cider straight, or warmed up with cinnamon, there are other uses. Namely this!

Apple Cider Oatmeal.

This recipe harnesses all the warming spices of fall, with the addition of an apple, that gets cooked down into a kind of appley caramel with a little cider and brown sugar before you add oats, and the whole bowl ends up tasting like apple pie. Easily adaptable to be dairy free or nut free, or without refined sugars, and adjustable to taste, everyone who tries it – kids and adults alike – absolutely loves it.

To make 2 servings:

Ingredients

1 cup Farm Boy Oats (steel cut or whole rolled)

1 cup+ 2 tablespoons Farm Boy Organic Apple Cider

1 cup milk or water

1 apple, chopped roughly (I like a firm variety like Gala or Honeycrisp)

1 tablespoon Farm Boy Maple Syrup or brown sugar

Farm Boy Cinnamon, to taste

Optional: Farm Boy Almond Butter, sliced almonds.

Directions

  • In a small pan over medium heat, add  chopped apple, brown sugar or maple syrup, and 2 tbsp of apple cider, and cinnamon to taste. Cook, stirring gently until apple has softened, cider has reduced, and sugar has become syrupy.
  • Add oats and remaining liquid (you can use all cider if you want, or cut it in half with either milk or water.)
  • Cook, stirring, until almost at a boil, then reduce heat and continue to cook until oatmeal is the consistency you desire.
  • Serve into two bowls, garnish with a spoonful of almond butter and sliced almonds.


It’s possible that if you don’t like fall-winter spices or you’re not an apple fan, this may not be your jam. If that’s the case, here are some other combinations that are reliably delicious, and never get boring (to me, anyways).

  1. Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal: Oats cooked with whole milk, topped with Farm Boy Organic Peanut Butter + banana slices + hemp hearts
  2. Wild Blueberry Oatmeal: Oats cooked with water or almond milk, topped with Farm Boy Maple Syrup + Farm Boy frozen wild blueberries + sliced almonds
  3. Chocolate Hazelnut Oatmeal: Oats cooked with hazelnut milk and cocoa powder, topped with a little spoonful of Nutella + toasted hazelnut pieces
  4. Zesty Cranberry Oatmeal: Oats cooked with dried cranberries, water and a splash of orange juice, topped with orange zest and Farm Boy Honey
  5. Gingerbread Oatmeal: Oats cooked with milk, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves and molasses, topped with a spoonful of brown sugar.

 

Did you know some people eat oatmeal savoury? With cheese and eggs or nutritional yeast? I didn’t get there this time, but these are next on my list – think savoury, cheesy Southern grits-style. Mmm!

Emily

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