Apples go hand in hand with cosy winter spices, so when the sun just isn’t appearing this bowl of warming oats is definitely a good choice. I find that the sweeter the apple variety, the better this dish is, although any apples you have to hand will work well. Apples are packed with antioxidants such as Vitamin C, as well as B vitamins that are crucial for maintaing red blood cell health. Added bonus: one a day keeps the doctor away.
3/4 cup oats
1 cup milk substitute – try rice milk for a sweeter taste
1 small apple
1/4 cup raisins
Pinch each of nutmeg and cinnamon
Toppings – mulberries, flaked almonds, etc.
Preparation time: Approx. 15 minutes
- Soak the oats in the milk and set aside. Meanwhile, cut the apple in half and slice one half into segments to place on top later, and peel and chop the other half into large chunks.
- Grate these apple chunks on a fine grater directly into your bowl of soaking oats, then add most of the raisins (but leave a few out for the topping at the end.)
- Add the spices, then stir well and cook on a medium heat for a couple of minutes until the oats start to thicken.
- Transfer to an oven-proof dish and bake on a medium heat for around 5 minutes, or until it reaches your preferred state, then top with the remaining apple, raisins, mulberries and almonds and dig in!