Homemade Oatmeal with Cinnamon Stewed Apple
I remember reading about ‘gruel’ in my favourite books as a kid, all those poor British children in their cruel boarding schools feeding them bowls of pasty mush and when mum made oatmeal at home I pretty much thought it was gruel!! Without buckets of jam or some other sugary condiment I generally didn’t want to get anywhere near it – I want bacon and eggs like Dad!! But as my palette and matured and I have tried to cut sugar from my meals I have discovered that oats are hearty, fantastic and don’t need to send you on a sugar rush… I also found celery isn’t the devil’s meddling!!
So lovely oats with naturally sweet stewed apples and a hit of cinnamon and ginger for the anti – inflammatory benefits.
2 apples (I used Royal Gala)
½ tsp Cinnamon
¼ tsp Ginger
¼ Cup of water
This is the anti sugar version, you can add a dessert spoon of brown sugar if you think you can’t live without it but the apples will be naturally sweet….. resist!!
1 cups of rolled oats
1 cup of milk
1 cup of water
Again, trying to be healthy so half water, half milk, but you can use whichever fluids you prefer, I am sure full fat milk will be fabulous, almond milk all ok….. go for it!
Stewing the apples takes about 30 mins to breakdown so put the chopped apples (I left the skin on – it’s good for you!), spices and water in a pan and bring up to boil and then keep on a reasonable simmer. Keep an eye on the mix if your apples start to get too dry top up with some boiling water so you end up with plump, soft lovely apples with a few spoons of syrupy juice.
About 15 mins out put your oats and fluids in another pan and bring up to the boil and then leave to simmer away, again if it looks to be getting to thick or dry top up with more hot water or milk. I have never make oats before and they seem pretty easy to not mess up!
Once everything looks delicious, place your oatmeal in a bowl and then spoon over your apples and their lovely juice.