This apple-pie-in-a-bowl oatmeal really hits the spot on a chilly morning. Oats contain beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by up to 10 percent—score! You get “extraw” credit if you make this with fresh-pressed apple juice and soaked, blended oat groats in place of the rolled oats (see the variation below).
Apple Pie Oatmeal
- 1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Big pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup raw rolled oat flakes or old-fashioned rolled oats
- Additional almond milk, for serving (optional)
Combine all ingredients, except the oats and the optional additional almond milk, in a medium bowl. Add the oats and stir thoroughly to combine. Let sit for at least 10 minutes to allow the oats to soak up the liquid.
Serve cold, or warm in a dehydrator for 30 minutes or in a small saucepan on the stove over very low heat.Top with a splash of additional almond milk before serving, if desired.
- Almond Milk: any other nondairy milk
- Apple juice: filtered water plus 1 teaspoon agave nectar or stevia to taste
- Maple syrup: agave nectar, coconut nectar, any other liquid sweetener, or 1 tablespoon filtered water plus stevia to taste
To make “Groatmeal,” soak 1 cup raw oat groats in filtered water for 12 to 24 hours. Rinse and drain the groats and transfer them to a food processor. Add all ingredients (omitting the oat flakes) except the apple, and process until smooth. Add the apple and pulse 2 to 3 times to incorporate. Serve cold, or warm in a dehydrator for 30 minutes or in a small saucepan on the stove over very low heat.